NFL Analysis: Week 6 (10/17/23)
Brandon Aubrey, the Cowboys’ reliable kicker, emerged as a key player when he managed to break the deadlock by nailing a 39-yard field goal with only 2:19 minutes left in the game. Shortly after, the Cowboys’ defense rose to the occasion. Stephon Gilmore ensured the Cowboys’ victory by intercepting a pass from the Chargers’ quarterback, Justin Herbert. Despite his commendable effort of throwing for 227 yards, including two touchdowns, Herbert’s one interception proved costly.
Dak Prescott, the Cowboys’ quarterback, showcased a stellar performance, completing 21 of 30 passes, and accumulating 272 yards in the process. His agility was on full display when he scored an 18-yard rushing touchdown. This was a welcome rebound from his previous week’s disappointing performance against the 49ers. CeeDee Lamb, one of the receiving threats for Dallas, had an impressive game with 117 yards from just seven catches. On the Chargers’ side, Austin Ekeler made a decent comeback after his injury hiatus, accumulating 62 yards in the game.
After a series of one-sided games, the Cowboys found themselves in a closely contested match. Prescott’s performance was nothing short of commendable. He made some spectacular plays, including a 60-yarder to Tony Pollard and an 18-yard touchdown run. Prescott’s ability to connect with star players like Lamb and Brandin Cooks was also notable. His display was a significant uplift from the previous game against the 49ers, making it a high note to enter the bye week.
Dallas’ Defense Holds the Fort
While not flawless, the Cowboys’ defense had its moments. Despite some hiccups like lining up offsides, they made crucial plays when it mattered. Micah Parsons, after committing an error, quickly turned things around with a crucial sack. Stephon Gilmore’s game-sealing interception further solidified their stand. The defense’s performance was particularly praiseworthy considering they were up against their former offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore.
The Los Angeles Chargers faced a significant challenge, mainly due to their weakening pass protection. Constant pressure from the Cowboys, especially Parsons, made it difficult for Herbert. This consistent defensive pressure was evident when Herbert threw the game-sealing interception. The offensive line’s performance was probably one of the weakest during Brandon Staley’s tenure as coach. Although the Chargers’ defense showed promise, they faltered at key moments, which proved detrimental. Now, with a record of 2-3, they have the formidable challenge of facing the Chiefs in Kansas City in their upcoming match, a game which won’t favor them on NFL Odds either.