Dallas players, duplicating staff; Parsons-Pitts Post-Game Trade

Does a shift coach receive overtime pay when performing double duty on match day? If so, Cowboys quarterback coach Doug Nussmeier would have extra spending money for the vacation after helping replace running backs coach Skip Peete who missed the Falcons bombing on Sunday. due to illness.

Peete, who also missed practice last week, was not at AT&T stadium on Sunday. The team will be hoping he will return early this week for game planning and practice leading up to this weekend’s road game in Kansas City.

As for Sunday’s Falcons-Cowboys game, rather than having an offensive assistant come down from the booth to help the running backs on the sidelines, head coach Mike McCarthy opted for a coach-by-committee approach. If it wasn’t Nussmeier helping the running backs after talking to his QBs, it was offensive coordinator Kellen Moore taking the time to talk with the squad.

Despite the absence of their coach, the Cowboys RB totaled 103 rushing yards (Tony Pollard 42, Ezekiel Elliott 41, Corey Clement 20) and two rushing touchdowns (both by Elliott). Dak Prescott also added a rushed touchdown. Running backs also aided the air attack, with Pollard tied with wide receiver CeeDee Lamb for the most receptions (6) on Sunday. Pollard finished with 56 receiving yards, Elliott with 15 and Clement added 5 in the air.

What did Kyle Pitts write on his jersey before the post-match trade with Micah Parsons?

It’s no surprise that two of the top rookies in the 2021 draft class swap jerseys after Sunday’s game – especially when they’ve known each other from high school, having faced each other in a state championship game. Not to mention the fact that Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons and Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts share the same agent and have been training together during the offseason.

When they met in midfield after the game – and eventually found a black Sharpie to sign their shirts – what did Pitts write to Parsons on the number 8 on the back of his shirt? Before signing his name, Pitts wrote “PA Fight”, a nod to their home state of Pennsylvania.

Parsons and Pitts both enjoyed spectacular career starts, with Parsons one of the early favorites to win the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Pitts may not win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award (Ja’Marr Chase, Mac Jones, and Najee Harris have huge impacts for Cincinnati, New England, and Pittsburgh, respectively), but he’s on his way. to set records for rookies with tight ends.

Pitts started strong Sunday in the first quarter until Parsons and the Cowboys defense cracked him down and limited him to four catches for 60 yards. Parsons tied for the team lead in tackles (6) and recorded a sack in one of the few games he lined up as a defensive end standing and rushing passes.

Parsons took the lead for the sacks (6) in 2021, one ahead of defensive end Randy Gregory (5) who is currently in the injured reserve and will miss at least two more games due to stress. calf.

After close examination: CeeDee Lamb loses 100-yard game, places in record books

Before passing the fourth quarter of the resounding victory with a contusion to his right bicep, Lamb had reached 100 receiving yards for the fifth time, tying Hall of Fame Drew Pearson for second on the all-time list of Cowboys for 100-yard receiving games in a player’s first two seasons. Bob Hayes has the team record with eight.

But one of Lamb’s 12-yard gains went from receiving a pass to a run when the official statistician noted Prescott’s pass was a side pass rather than a forward pass. So a rushed game, not a pass. Lamb finished the game with six receptions for 94 yards and a rush for 12 yards.

The double duty of the lamb

Nussmeier wasn’t the only Cowboy to double down on Sunday.

This season Lamb has shared the punt return duties with Cedrick Wilson, but with Wilson absent from all but one of Sunday’s game due to shoulder strain, Lamb has resumed the punt returns. clearance against the Falcons. He finished with two returns, including one for 16 yards that established his second touchdown of the day.

But when Lamb missed the fourth quarter with a bruised arm, what did the Cowboys do on the punt returns? Well, first answer: don’t let the other team punt. Jourdan Lewis canceled a Falcons drive with an interception, and Kelvin Joseph made a good play to end another Falcons drive in fourth. When the Falcons kicked off their only time in the fourth quarter, Trevon Diggs fell deeply for the comeback. But the punt was a touchback, so Diggs officially wasn’t credited with a punt return.

Keep it for the adversary

The ugly red markings on the side of Prescott’s right cheek on Sunday didn’t come from a Falcons blitzer that slid a piece of Dak through his face mask. Those red bumps were also not pimples after eating too many chocolate bars. The imperfections were compliments from teammate Lamb.

After Lamb’s second touchdown, he went to celebrate with Prescott by kicking helmet to helmet. The only problem was that Prescott wasn’t wearing a helmet, so Prescott’s cheek took the brunt of Lamb’s mask.

Too bad. The team photos are at least two months old. Don’t have to worry about cameos. No harm, no fault.

A pre-season affair mid-November

I went to AT&T Stadium expecting a tough game between two teams that – if the playoffs had started this weekend – would be in the playoffs, with the Cowboys as the NFC East Division champions and the 4-4. Falcons as a wild card. Instead, a preseason game erupted in the fourth quarter. That’s what it looked like from the sideline as the Cowboys advanced with a 40-point lead, with Dak and CeeDee and Zack Martin taking a well-earned rest while Cooper Rush, Noah Brown, Malik Turner and Connor McGovern filled in respectively. Heck, Clement got six races in place of Elliott and Pollard.

With the next three-game streak in 12 days coming up, any amount of rest is welcome.


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