When the Raiders were enjoying their breakout 2016 season under coach Jack Del Rio, some thought they were built to beat the Patriots. Derek Carr was unfazed by weak pass defenses, and Del Rio’s unpredictable, aggressive style was just enough to throw Bill Belichick’s team off.
But Johnson said his boss didn’t want to make the 1989 Herschel Walker trade to Minnesota that set up the dynasty. A quarter century later, Jones wanted to draft Johnny Manziel, who’s out of the league, over Zack Martin, who has been named to three Pro Bowls in three years.
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It has become part of the week’s normal order of events with Dallas: The league tries to enforce the running back’s six-game suspension, Elliott and his attorneys get a temporary restraining order, he has a normal practice week and he starts on Sundays. Meanwhile, opponents plan to face Elliott, who hasn’t missed a game all year.
He’ll be well-rested, and his talented supporting cast gets an extra boost with Jay Ajayi ready to step into a full feature ole. The Cowboys will get better play from Dak Prescott without Ezekiel Elliott, assuming Tyron Smith is back. But the loss of Sean Lee will open things up for the Eagles to go to town more consistently in the running and short-to-intermediate passing games.
The Eagles again fail to pick up a first down and they punt with two seconds to go before halftime. The Eagles scored a touchdown on their opening drive but have struggled to create anything on offense since. All nine Cowboys points have come from field goals.
Field goal, Dallas. The Cowboys string together a 15-play, 59-yard drive that eats up 7:19 of game time. Prescott throws an incomplete pass on third down but Dallas takes a 9-7 lead with 55 seconds left before halftime on a 47-yard field goal by Mike Nugent.