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The Cowboys went into Houston with Leighton Vander Esch Jersey a chance to put themselves in front of Philadelphia in the NFC East. After the Eagles lost to the Vikings earlier in the day Youth Leighton Vander Esch Jersey , Dallas was gifted an opportunity to jump out to the front of the division early on, especially if the Redskins lose to the Saints on Monday Night Football. But Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt stood in their way, and in the end the Cowboys walked away with an overtime loss that dropped them to 2-3, squandering their opportunity. Truth be told, there were probably ten or fifteen plays that shaped this game, but here’s our best attempt at narrowing it down to just five. Dak gets picked off and stirs up the blame gameAfter limiting the Texans to a field goal to make it a 10-6 Houston lead, the Cowboys offense was stringing together a really nice drive. Ezekiel Elliott was gaining momentum and Dak Prescott was making plays with his feet and arm. After a questionable spot, the Cowboys drew up a QB sneak on fourth and one and converted, keeping the drive alive on Houston’s 39-yard line with under two minutes in the first half. On the very next play, Dak took a shotgun snap and had Tavon Austin in lax man coverage. He rightly targeted the speedy receiver and the play very well could have turned into six points. Instead, the pass was high and it ricocheted off Austin’s fingertips and into the defender’s hands. The pick killed all momentum for the Cowboys, who were hoping to at least make it a one-point game, and it also raised the question of who was more responsible for the turnover. Watch it again, and you be the judge: Jaylon Smith stops Deshaun Watson on fourth and goalAfter the interception Youth Taco Charlton Jersey , Deshaun Watson moved the Texans offense right down the field in a two-minute drill that seemed destined for a touchdown to take a 17-6 halftime lead. After Jeff Heath stopped Deandre Hopkins a yard short of the endzone on third down, Houston decided to go for it instead of taking the field goal. Watson took the shotgun snap and had nowhere to throw to, so he decided to use his legs. That’s when Jaylon Smith decided to prove how great he is: The stop was not only very impressive and a complete and total justification for drafting Smith in the first place, but it kept the Cowboys in the game. Giving up a touchdown would have made it a two score game with the Texans getting the ball in the second half, and doing so after a momentum-killing interception could have killed any chance of a comeback as well. Instead, it was a 10-6 score at half with some positive momentum for Dallas. Dak pulls a Tony Romo and hits Tavon for 44 yardsMuch later, in the middle of the fourth quarter, the Texans had just kicked a field goal to go up 16-13 and the Cowboys were trying to respond. Starting at their own 25-yard line, the Cowboys called a play-action pass for Prescott and when J.J. Watt came with the pressure, Dak did his best to one-up Tony Romo’s iconic spin move. After getting away from the pressure, Dak threw up a prayer to Tavon Austin and hit him for a huge completion: The play unfortunately didn’t serve as a spark for a touchdown, but it did put the Cowboys in position for a game-tying field goal, which they ended up hitting after the rest of the drive fizzled out. And after an otherwise rough outing, Prescott showed that he’s still capable of big plays. Pressure gets to Watson and Xavier Woods picks it off to force OTThe Texans got the ball back with under two minutes in the game and Watson was doing his best to move his offense into field goal range with a tie game. A big 18-yard pass to Keke Coutee to convert on third down set the Texans up on Dallas’ own 49-yard line. On the next play , DeMarcus Lawrence and a blitzing Jaylon Smith created pressure that nearly sacked Watson, but he tossed up a ball that overthrew his receiver and fell right into the hands of Xavier Woods. With only ten seconds left after the pick, the Cowboys weren’t really given enough to try and win the game, but Woods’ interception defeated any efforts by Houston to win the game, giving the Cowboys one last shot to win in overtime. Cowboys opt to punt on fourth and one in OTThe Cowboys got the ball first in overtime and started moving the ball and picking up steam. On third and one at Houston’s 42-yard line, Zeke got the handoff and was stuffed for no gain after a blitzing Zach Cunningham came in unblocked. Faced with a fourth and one around midfield in Houston territory, many fans were calling for them to go for it. After all, the Cowboys had done something similar with success in the first half. But instead, Jason Garrett opted to punt it away. Chris Jones pinned the ball at the 10-yard line, but the Texans still drove down the field to kick a game-winning field goal. Naturally, Garrett has since taken a lot of heat for the decision, and even Jerry Jones was critical. Given how well the defense had played thus far, it makes sense to have faith in the defense, but there’s also something to be said for taking risks and trusting the league leading rusher and Great Wall of Dallas. Cam Newton says he's extremely comfortable playing in new coordinator Norv Turner's scheme and is thrilled with the talent the Panthers have surrounded him with on offense.But the eighth-year quarterback isn't going out on a limb and making predictions on what Carolina might achieve this season."We don't know what we have yet and that is why Sunday is so important for everybody — because we finally find out Cheap Ezekiel Elliott Jersey ," Newton said in preparation for the team's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.The Panthers added speed at wide receiver — trading for Torrey Smith, signing free agent Jarius Wright and drafting D.J. Moore from Maryland in the first round. Wide receiver Devin Funchess returns as the No. 1 receiver and three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen is healthy again after missing nine games in 2017 with a foot injury. Second-year running back Christian McCaffrey figures to be a vital part of the offense in the run and pass game, and the Panthers added 1,000-yard rusher C.J. Anderson behind him.That's a lot of different options for Newton — which coach Ron Rivera said is by design.Rivera wants Newton to get back to what he was doing in 2015 when he spread the ball, completing at least 10 passes to nine different receivers. The formula worked well as Newton threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and won league MVP honors while leading the Panthers to 15 straight wins and a Super Bowl appearance."I think that plays very to the type of football team that we want to be," Rivera said. "(Defenses) can't key in on one or two guys and they have to play the whole field and that can work to our advantage if we have guys that can make plays."Rivera fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula this past offseason after Newton regressed — at least statistically — the past two seasons.Turner, who Rivera once worked under in San Diego, was hired to bring a little more creativity to the offense — and help improve Newton's poor career 58.5 completion percentage. Newton, who played under Turner understudy Rob Chudzinski earlier in his career, said the adjustment to the offense has been smooth.Now he's ready to test the waters."I'm excited to play a full four quarters of football," Newton said. "... Hopefully we can be hitting on all cylinders as far as efficiency and executing."Coach Jason Garrett said stopping Newton on Sunday will be key."He's big, he's strong, he's athletic, he has a great feel for making plays both as a runner and as a passer Youth Maliek Collins Jersey ," Garrett said. "He can play well within their system. He can play well when the play breaks down. He's just a dynamic guy. He's hard to tackle, he's hard to tackle in the pocket, he's hard to tackle when he's out on the run, he's got a big, strong arm and can throw the ball anywhere on the field."Newton enters this season not having to worry about his shoulder being an issue. Rotator cuff surgery last year forced Newton to miss most of OTAs and minicamp and a portion of training camp. He only threw two passes in the 2017 preseason.Newton said he's in the great shape entering the season."A person once told me there are two type of football players in the NFL -- there are football players and professional football players," Newton said. "Football players are those guys that just wake up and think things that happen and professional football players are guys that make things happen."Newton said he certain goals is mind, but wasn't ready to share them.The former Heisman Trophy winner said he plans to match all charitable donations to the Cam Newton Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of America for every touchdown he scores this season."I'm putting my money where my mouth is," Newton said, added he plans to score "a lot."Just how much, we'll begin to find out on Sunday.
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