Jerry Jones was in a happy and elaborate mood after the Dallas Cowboys destroyed the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10, a side of the eclectic owner the media hadn’t seen since Halloween.
“It’s the opposite of what I felt around this time last week,” Jones told reporters after the overwhelming 43-3 win. per NBC5’s Pat Doney. “I thought the team responded in general. They are proud of their reaction as they should be. “
Seven days after an embarrassing home defeat to Denver, the Cowboys looked different day and night as they destroyed the Falcons at the AT&T Stadium. While nothing worked against the Broncos, everything worked against the Dirty Birds.
Dak Prescott and the offense accumulated a total of 431 yards of offense, with Prescott making three scores (two passes, one in a rush). Ezekiel Elliott also paid twice and the special teams contributed a TD as Dallas scored 29 points in the second quarter, a new franchise record, and built a 36-3 half-time lead, the largest in any game since 1971.
“It was the most impressive point quarter I’ve been associated with,” said Jones.
The underlying, but provocative, act was the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn, who first faced his former employer. Quinn, who was sacked as Atlanta’s head coach last October, hatched a masterly game plan that limited veteran quarterback Matt Ryan to nine completions for 117 yards and two interceptions and Ryan’s unit to a paltry 4.0 yards per game over 12 drives. The Falcons’ most explosive playmaker, running back / wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, finished 39 yards on five touches.
“We were trained well today,” said Jones. “I can’t say enough about Dan Quinn’s excitement about playing against Atlanta, which we all understand. And I think the team took it a bit on its shoulders and also played with this attitude. “
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Jones hit the headlines last week when he apparently criticized head coach Mike McCarthy’s decision to play Prescott, a newly healed calf trunk, for the entire duration of a blowout loss – unnecessary risk in pointless garbage time.
However, with winning heals everything, Jones now seems much happier to address McCarthy’s handling of the $ 160 million QB that backed up Cooper Rush in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s carnage and with an excellent 127.9- Passport evaluation got out.
“I thought like we left him last week, I thought the coach might be leaving Dak this week in the fourth quarter,” Jones joked to reporters. via Todd Archer from ESPN. “That’s a wink, can you all write that?”
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One of the few mistakes in the Cowboys’ performance was Elliott, who made his first fumble after 244 touches and coughed up a carry in the third quarter. Such mistakes plagued his 2020 season and Elliott has worked hard to correct them and has shown solid ball safety this season.
The former Pro Bowler described his efforts against the Falcons as “solid” – he recorded 41 rushing yards on 14 dead and 15 receiving yards on three grabs – but criticized his (temporary?) Case of Butterfingers.