We knew the Cowboys’ offensive plan

Arlington, Texas – It was a night the Dallas Cowboys would forget, and yet one they remember best for the remainder of the 2022 season. The Dallas defense was expected to go all out to try and sink the incomparable Tom Brady, and that’s exactly what they did – even though it turned out to be a wasted effort. by their offensive compatriots.

Typically, catching a field target only in your field will have this effect. And according to All-Pro linebacker Devin White, the Bucs’ defense played well not only because they were executed, but also because they weren’t fooled by anything the Cowboys tried to do.

“I think it was just great preparation,” White said after the 19-3 win at AT&T Stadium. “This time, it was really getting into the game against them against us and knowing how they like to attack us. So I think we were able to come up with a better game plan than last year. … Last year, we knew they weren’t going to stick with the game of running and jogging they did, They were trying to get out and not run inside.

“But most [passing] The game was fast – lots of curls, lots of obstacles, lots of slopes. We kind of knew to get in so we were able to attack him.”

It worked, to say the least, with the Cowboys only stumbling to three third-tier diversions in 15 attempts as well as being responsible for the majority of the team’s 10 penalties. It’s quite clear that the Cowboys managed two more offensive plays (64) than the Buccaneers did (62), but they produced 103 fewer total yards and 16 fewer points.

Dan Quinn laid out a defensive scheme that had Brady touch down only once in 60 minutes of football, and even that it took a massive effort by regular Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans to accomplish, and also finished seven-time Super Bowl-winning QB with an interception. And once only 212 yards. But Dak Prescott outplayed Brady in the worst way by throwing his own inner wits to go along with no TDs and only 134 yards with a 47.2 pass average.

Executing Quinn’s scheme was by no means perfect—allowing Leonard Fournette a quick 127 yards on 21 gigs—but it forced Brady and co. to hit multiple field goals and by the time Micah Parsons landed his second sack and Travon Diggs handed him his second pass. Breaking up (all four things happen in quick succession to help overcome Prescott’s interception in the second quarter), it was clear that the offense had to do something…anything…to help.

Instead, they got worse as the game went on.

And now, with Prescott likely to be out for several weeks with a thumb injury late in the fourth quarter, the burden is on the defense much more going forward – something unfathomable like this when considering how they were expected to take the load this season. While the crime has tried to discover itself, but for his part, Parsons understands the mission.

“[The spotlight] First-Team All-Pro said, “We got them into a bunch of field goals and one attack for how explosive their attack is, which is good, but it has to be more than that. We have to take it to another level, we have to focus on this movie and look at These mistakes we made and preparing for this difficult confrontation next week.”

Things won’t get any easier in Week Two when Joe Borough and the Cincinnati Bengals, unhappy with their first-week extra time loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers, are in town — a high-powered offense looking to regain the potency that led them to last season’s Super Bowl.

The bad news is that the Cowboys attack will be without Prescott for a potential recovery again, but the good news is that Parsons is now hungrier to end a two-game losing streak in his last two games, extending to a loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers this weekend in Super Wild Card in January.

There is a strong chance the defense will have to add some touches to its arsenal sooner rather than later to put Dallas into the winning column in September, and when asked if the Cowboys as a whole were under-confident after the disappointing opening, Parsons replied, not stuttering or biting his tongue in his response.

“Not at all,” he said. “As long as I’m on this team, I’ll stay hungry forever – regardless.