Simply put, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line didn’t play well as a unit. On Sunday, they gave up 5 sacks and over 15% pressure rate as a unit for the game.
Definitely their worst performance as a unit since the Broncos game. Even worse by the fact that not only is Kansas City one of the lowest pressure team’s in the league, but they only had 14 sacks all season until Dallas.
As a result, the Dallas Cowboys are pissed. Pissed, and ready to take it out on Thanksgiving.
Dak Prescott and the #Cowboys are 'pissed off' and looking to take it out on an equally furious Derek Carr, who is challenging his spiraling Raiders to ante up.
Who walks away with a full belly?
My breakdown on the five Ws for Thanksgiving:
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— Patrik [No C] Walker (@VoiceOfTheStar) November 24, 2021
This is a team game, but each individual player played at different levels. Even surprising considering Zack Martin was in the lineup.
The Cowboys obviously miss Tyron Smith, who looks like he will play against Las Vegas. Considering this unit already played poor, then followed it up with a dominant win against the Atlanta Falcons, we didn’t expect a repeat performance so soon.
The offensive line will look differently in their next game, and this is how they each played.
Truth be told, while this wasn’t a great outing by Steele, it wasn’t as bad as his Broncos game. He did allow 1 sack, but blamed it on the crown noise. A factor that Arrowhead stadium is famous for.
— NFL (@NFL) November 21, 2021
He set the edge well in many cases, but had been getting pushed around by Frank Clark for much of the game. He clearly doesn’t show the same skill and upside from the right tackle spot. As dependable as he is now as a swing tackle, there’s going to be concern moving forward playing on the blindside.
It wasn’t a huge outing for Connor McGovern. Despite having plenty of great exposure as both right guard, and even full back, he struggled on Sunday.
Granted, his 1st start on the left going up against Chris Jones wouldn’t be easy for anyone. He gave up 2 sacks on the game, and didn’t recover as it went along. On the bright side, he didn’t get called for a penalty.
Chris Jones destroys the left guard. Once you see Jones get a couple of clean hesitation steps like a WR getting off the line. You know it’s over. Hits him with the swim and just powers through the hold.#JacobsEyeInTheSky pic.twitter.com/C4obWufeYi
— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) November 24, 2021
Luckily enough for McGovern, he seems to still have the confidence of the coaching staff and his teammates. He’ll make his 2nd straight start against the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Players like Johnathan Hankins and Quinton Jefferson aren’t the same level as Jones, so it should be a nice bounce back. Especially given the teams pissed off attitude.
Biadasz was actually the only offensive linemen who didn’t allow a sack all game long. He is playing much better since the start of the season, when questions arose around who else should play the position.
What was once thought to be the weak link on the line, Biadasz had another commendable performance. It won’t show up on the stat sheet, but allowing 0 sacks when the rest of the line was getting wrecked by Chris Jones is impressive in itself.
Surprisingly, Biadasz leads all centers in Pro Bowl voting right now, and he should be commended for his excel in play.
The Dallas Cowboys best offensive lineman didn’t have his best game either. He was just as guilty, surrendering 1 sack, and not giving as much push in the run game as he normally would.
CHRIS JONES. FOUR SACKS. WHAT 🤯
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 22, 2021
This game is going to be filed as an anomaly for Martin. There have been games where he might not get push in the run game, or allow a sack. It’s highly unlikely for him to struggle in both. The level of player that he is, don’t expect a repeat performance from him like this.
Even though La’el Collins gave up 1 sack in the game, he still displayed his power on the edges. Reminding everyone that even though Terence Steele is dependable, the skill favors Collins. However, he did surrender an egregious shot on Dak Prescott.
Damn Chris Jones. La’el Collins had a front-row seat for this takedown. pic.twitter.com/dmvHYncO7V
— Jordan Dajani (@JordanDajani) November 22, 2021
It’s worth noting that while the team didn’t run the ball well overall, the majority of their yards did come to Collins’ side. He can’t give up plays like this, but he is still one of the team’s best run blockers.