The Cowboys (2-3) have been anemic on offense and prone to giving up big plays on defense in three road losses, starting with the season opener at Carolina and in Weeks 3 and 5 against Seattle and Houston.
The Fan hosts give their predictions for the Jacksonville Jaguars vs Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday. If that happens Cows defense will likely be good but not great. The key is which offense makes the fewest mistakes and the most plays downfield. The third-year passer ended the day completed 17 of his 27 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. For whatever reason, the Dallas offense has had a better rhythm at home and that's the difference for me. The Cowboys come into today's game 2-3 against the spread while posting a 4-1 record with the under. Once, Charles was among the most risky runners in the league.
ESPN now has the Cowboys listed as the No. 9 overall defense in the NFL. Jaguars QB Blake Bortles had set career high in yards passing each of past two games: 430 against Chiefs after 388 vs. Jets. Jaguars sneak out with a win - something like 20-16. I think they bounce back this week.
At home, the Jags dominated the Patriots for four quarters. That's usually not a good thing for running backs. We've had that feeling around here, despite losing in overtime in a close game. Asked if the Jaguars (3-3) still have the league's best defense, he said: "We ain't playing like it".
Before the game, McGregor was all smiles, taking pictures with the Cowboys and hanging with Dallas owner Jerry Jones. This will allow them to run effectively and stay with the run longer. But no more hoping for the deep ball, it's a must this week. Don't expect a lot of points, but don't count the Cowboys out if Zeke gets plenty of touches.
Cowboys: WR Tavon Austin left in the second half with a groin injury and didn't return.
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Cowboys' win in previous meeting was their first regular-season trip to London. The Cowboys have a strong pass rush with 15 sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are coming off a tough loss to the Kansas City Chiefs during which they allowed Patrick Mahomes and company to move the ball up and down the field easily on their way to 30 points. The Cowboys are not one of them. The Jaguars could shuffle their lineup and move center Brandon Linder or right guard A.J.
The defense continues to be a dominant unit, although they were pushed up and down the field by KC. Although the Dallas and Jacksonville offenses are similar in both struggles and production, I believe the Jags' defense creates more turnovers, and that will be the difference Sunday. The Jags are the exact team you want to have chasing you. Look, everyone knows Jacksonville's backbone is defense, ranked No. 1 in the National Football League in total defense and passing defense. The Los Angeles Rams, who improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2001, and the Kanas City Chiefs (who faced New England in Sunday night's game) seem to be the exceptions, but the Rams defense has hardly been dominant. So, there it is Cowboys, don't turn the ball over, get a takeaway or two, score your home average of 23 points and win by three.
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