After the Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers, many fans had a couple of takeaways from the Dallas Cowboys offense. Firstly, the offensive line needs to give Dak Prescott more time to survey the field. Secondly, Ezekiel Elliott was very impressive in pass protection.

Many people even commented that the offensive game plan looked like something out of Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” scheme. That was due to how little the running game was incorporated and the amount of quick passes to the talented Dallas receivers.

It looks like that was more out of necessity than anything.

The Cowboys coaches knew that the offensive line may have issues sustaining blocks against one of the best defensive lines in football. In Week 2, it does not get much easier. They’ll face off against one of the best pass-rushers in the league in Joey Bosa and a talented Chargers defensive line.

Don’t be surprised if we see more two tight end sets as well. With the loss of Michael Gallup, Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore may incorporate some more schemed touches for Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Not to mention, they will almost certainly be asked to block inline a bit more to give Prescott more time.

The Return of Zack Martin

Getting Zack Martin back on the line in any capacity is vital as well. Reports are saying that he will still start at guard even with the La’El Collins suspension. Regardless, he makes life a lot easier for both the running and passing game.

Going Forward

Backup OT Terrance Steele will replace Collins at tackle – for now at least. Dallas will need him to play the best football of his career in order to weather the storm during Collins’ absence.

The Cowboys’ quick-passing game was efficient and impressive in Week 1. Nonetheless, they need the offensive line to give them more time to be a bit more multiple with their play-calling because defenses will make adjustments.

 

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