The Cowboys found their way back into the win column Monday night, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 28-17. After getting dominated by the Denver Broncos at every aspect of the game in Week 2, Dallas once again came out looking flat but would eventually find their footing and turn the game around.
While most players were able to shake off the malaise, not everyone performed to their utmost. Here’s a look at whose stock is up, and whose is plummeting as we head to Week 4 and the Los Angeles Rams.
Jones had one of his worst games in the loss to the Broncos, but quickly bounced back with a strong performance Monday night. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones graded out at 85.2 for the game.
He recorded 6 tackles (4 solo) and 2 pass deflections, the first in the second quarter, knocking the ball away from Cardinals TE Jermaine Gresham on third down to force a punt. The other deflection came in the waning moments of the game as Jones knocked a pass away from Gresham, again in the end zone, on fourth down to give the Cowboys possession and end the game.
Heading into the Week 4 match vs. the L.A. Rams, it looks like Jones’ bad day in Denver was simply that; a bad day.
Collins had his hands full all night on Monday, matching up against the Arizona pass rush of Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. For most of the evening Collins struggled with his hand placement in pass protection sets and establishing leverage in the running game.
Entering into next week, Collins will get no breaks as he gets set to face William Hayes and Connor Barwin.
Woods really brought a lot of attention to himself in Monday’s game, and all of it was positive. A sixth-round rookie from Louisiana Tech. stepped into the game and played slot CB role at times during the game and did not look out of place at all.
Woods recorded 3 tackles, all solo, and a pass deflection which could very well have been an interception.
Yes, even future Hall of Fame, 15-year veterans can have bad nights, and on Monday, Witten had a bad night. Despite playing all 47 offensive snaps, Witten was only targeted once, a pass that he caught for a mere 3 yards.
What stuck out more than anything in Witten’s performance was his run blocking. Throughout the night Witten struggled to hold the point of attack was driven into the Dallas backfield by Arizona defenders. It wasn’t all bad, there were several quality blocks, but there were more than enough bad ones to raise an eyebrow at.
If anyone has earned the benefit of a doubt, it’s No. 82, although last week’s game was troubling to see hopefully Witten will bounce back and once again be effective in the passing game and helpful in the run game.
It’s not every week a defensive tackle racks up 5 tackles and 2 sacks and is not spoken very much of but that’s exactly what happened to Collins last week due to his defensive line-mate Demarcus Lawrence.
Head Coach Jason Garrett praised Collins’ performance, stating that he has been a big reason for the early success Lawrence has found this season. So has Lawrence.
Collins will look to carry forward his momentum as he faces off against Rams RG Jamon Brown.