Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Decoding Kellen Moore: Cowboys flip Rams’ script against them in a thoroughly dominant afternoon

Link: https://theathletic.com/1467451/2019/12/17/decoding-kellen-moore-cowboys-produce/

Outcome: Cowboys 44, Rams 21

Running game differential: Cowboys - 263, Rams - 22 (+241)

(Cowboys of 1980 dominated Rams with a +246 rush uard differential)

Running Game Came to Play:

Zeke - 24 carries, 117 yards, 2 touchdowns; three receptions, 43 yards

Pollard - 12 carries, 131 yards, 1 touchdown

Moore keeps Rams defense spinning:

  • Did not feed Zeke on first down until NINTH first down

  • Zeke featured as a ”lead blocker” on several occasions with Poillard receiving the carry

  • Play-action was big - led to Tavon Austin’s long touchdown catch (as did Dak’s ability to escape Fowler in the backfield)

  • Moore used “man beater” routes to get WR an advantage on Jalen Ramsey and Yaylor Rapp, who play man almost exclusively 

Tony Pollard was really good today!

  • Used his burst well today; really adept at seeing the hole and speeding through

  • Best run of his career in the fourth quarter on 3rd-and-1. Turned a lost play into a 33-yard gain.

  • Garbage time, but a great hit on the hole on 2nd-and-8

Fun stats are fun:

  • 3 for 3 in the red zone

  • 7 for 13 on 3rd down

  • 7 yards per play

  • 25 first downs

  • 36 minutes TOP

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