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nse with a secondary dubbed the Legion of Boom [url=http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/anthony-brown-jersey-authentic]Youth Anthony Brown Jersey[/url] , and featured some of the best at each position, including Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Kam Chancellor. Only Wagner will still be on the field Saturday night. Furthermore, several of the architects of that defense are no longer there, as guys like Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn have taken jobs elsewhere. And of course there’s Kris Richard, who was the Seahawks defensive coordinator last year and was fired before taking a similar role in Dallas. Suffice it to say that this defense is not what it once was. While they haven’t been terrible, the Seattle defense has regressed significantly and failed to finish top ten in any of the three yardage categories, any of the three efficiency ratings, and finished just outside the top ten in scoring defense. Looking at the roster, it seems as if this unit is going through a transition, as they have several short-term free agents in key roles as they usher in younger talent. This includes Barkevious Mingo, whose 48 tackles, one sack, and two forced fumbles have been solid in limited snaps, and Dion Jordan, who has contributed 1.5 sacks and six hits on the quarterback in a small role. Then there’s the young guys that have been flashing potential for Seattle, specifically on the defensive line. At the 1-technique, Quinton Jefferson has been very impressive while putting up three sacks and a whopping 15 QB hits. Jarran Reed, a former standout at Alabama, has locked down the 3-technique spot next to Jefferson [url=http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/ezekiel-elliott-jersey-authentic]Womens Ezekiel Elliott Jersey[/url] , as he’s got 50 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and 24 QB hits. All of that is outdone by Frank Clark, though, who’s got 13 sacks, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, and 27 QB hits. The defensive line has had success at rushing the passer.And then there’s Bobby Wagner, the lone remaining prominent piece of that former defensive group. At 28-years old, Wagner is still going strong and has been the best inside linebacker in the NFL this year. His stat line is ridiculous, as Wagner has 138 tackles, six tackles for loss, one sack, eight QB hits, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, a 98-yard pick six, and 11 passes defensed, which is more than any defensive backs on the team. Unfortunately for Seattle, the rest of the linebacker corps hasn’t been that great. KJ Wright has missed time throughout the year with injuries and played in only five games, though he is a full go for Saturday night. Mingo’s contribution have been solid but not as much of a supplement as the team would surely like, and the midseason addition of Mychal Kendricks hasn’t panned out, as the troubled linebacker was placed on injured reserve. But the positive for the Seahawks is that Wagner is good enough to carry the linebackers. A near unstoppable force [url=http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/travis-frederick-jersey-authentic]Womens Travis Frederick Jersey[/url] , Wagner will fly sideline-to-sideline and disrupt the offense whether it’s a run or pass play. Teams that have had success against this defense have devoted much of their offensive game-plan to stopping Wagner, and for Dallas this will be the same. The Cowboys could try a variety of things, including sending Dalton Schultz in on run plays to immediately get to the second level and block Wagner, or utilizing trap plays to get offensive linemen into the next level to take on the stud linebacker. However the Cowboys do it, they need to take Wagner out of things if they’re going to find success in this game. Where this defense struggles the most is in the secondary. With no Chancellor or Thomas, the Seahawks have relied on Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson as their starting safeties, and the drop off in talent has been very noticeable. Still, neither safety is a slouch in tackling, which is a positive. McDougald’s 78 tackles are second on the team behind Wagner, and he’s tied with Thomas for interceptions with three. Thompson has 57 tackles to his name and one interception. The bigger problem for this secondary is the cornerbacks. Tre Flowers, Shaquill Griffin, and Justin Coleman have all done a serviceable job but have clearly been the weakest point of the defense. Coleman is easily the best of the bunch, and his work out of the slot has yielded an interception and ten passes defensed. Griffin and Flowers, though, have been easily beat by better receivers. Going against Dallas will be a trial by fire for this secondary, as focus will naturally shift to Amari Cooper, but the likes of Michael Gallup, Cole Beasley, and a healthy Tavon Austin will still be around to benefit from that attention Cooper draws. All of this should culminate into a good day for Dak Prescott, who’s had a spectacular second half of the season, save for the Colts game, and seems to be well positioned to continue against this defense. The biggest obstruction to that will be the offensive line’s ability to prevent this young defensive line from creating pressure. If they can handle that, this offense could take advantage of a very average defense.NFC BEast report: How did our rivals fare in Week 1? We’re only one week into the season so any “trends” that we report are are pretty meaningless. Nevertheless, we endeavor to give our loyal readers comprehensive coverage of all things Cowboys so today we take a look at the state of the NFC East. SummaryOpening week saw the division split their four games [url=http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/geoff-swaim-jersey-authentic]http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/geoff-swaim-jersey-authentic[/url] , with no head-to-head matchups. Washington looked the most impressive, scoring a convincing 24-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Each of the rest of the teams in the division found themselves in ugly, defensive battles where the teams looked like they were shaking the rust off a long offseason. The most significant thing about the above table is that Philadelphia and Washington won their games while Dallas and New York lost theirs. It’s been noted by some that early games in the NFL’s regular season now serve as preseason for many teams, with players getting their first exposure to real NFL action. Thus, results are very important (after all, there’s only sixteen games in a season) but performances shouldn’t be given too much weight. Similarly, statistics and rankings mean little at this time of year but still, they’re fun to check out:Offensively we see Dallas, New York and Philadelphia really struggled to move the ball (each ranking in the bottom ten of the league).Washington, however, put up over 400 yards against the Cardinals. Really, all you need to know about the offenses this last week are the current quarterback rankings for each:Alex Smith of the Redskins picked up right where he left off last season when he led the league in quarterback rating while playing for Kansas City. Otherwise... some very, very ugly numbers for the remaining quarterbacks. The average QBR is 50 and three of the East’s QBs put up numbers below 30. Yuck. Defensively we see a much different story. All four teams had good defensive games. Only the Giants surrendered more than 300 yards and the teams, on average, gave up only 278 yards. All four teams currently rank in the top eight in terms of yards given up and in the top eleven in points surrendered. It will be interesting to see if the division can keep up these impressive defensive numbers. Team statusDallas CowboysThe Cowboys were very bad offensively on opening weekend and that has been analyzed to no end. However, the defense was quite good, recording three sacks, forcing a turnover and holding the Panthers to 16 points and 293 yards. Were it not for the team’s inability to reign in Cam Newton’s running in the first half those numbers would have been even better. The troubles on offense were numerous: the offensive line broke down several times and committed multiple penalties. Ezekiel Elliott didn’t show the elite vision he usually displays. And Dak Prescott simply had a horrific game. We’ll see if that improves moving forward. The team has some injury issues heading into the Giants game. Randy Gregory suffered a concussion in the team’s opener and did not participate in Wednesday’s practice. Nor did Demarcus Lawrence, Xavier Woods or Datone Jones. Lawrence is expected to play but Woods and Travis Frederick are expected to be absent. It’s disappointing we didn’t get to see Lawrence and Gregory together much against the Panthers; hopefully we’ll see them together Sunday.New York GiantsThe Giants and Cowboys face an early season “must win” in that teams that start 0-2 have only a 11% of making the playoffs. So Sunday’s outcome will largely shape both team’s future. The Giants didn’t look much different than the Cowboys Sunday. They did put up 100 more yards than the Cowboys on offense, but Ereck Flowers looked absolutely horrible at right tackle and, as a reward, gets to face All-Pro Demarcus Lawrence Sunday. Eli Manning, who finished 2017 as the 25th ranked quarterback in the NFL, started 2018 as the 20th ranked quarterback. His days as a top ten QB are long behind him. But he does have good targets to throw too with Odell Beckham [url=http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/tyrone-crawford-jersey-authentic]http://www.thecowboysfootballauthentic.com/tyrone-crawford-jersey-authentic[/url] , Jr back joining Sterling Shephard and Evan Engram. Engram, however, had one official drop Sunday and two more that were negated by penalty. This after he finished 2017 with the most drops of any tight end in the league (eleven). The Giants offense suffered many of the same struggles that plagued the Cowboys. They were four of thirteen on third down (31%) and had five offensive penalties that stalled five different drives. Of course, the most exciting element of the Giants’ offense was Saquan Barkley’s eye-popping 68-yard touchdown run, where he looked every bit as advertised. Beyond that run, however, Barkley was largely held in check, averaging barely two yards per carry on his other 17 attempts. Defensively it’s hard to know what the Giants have. Cornerback Eli Apple had a tremendous game Sunday, looking a lot more like the impressive rookie from 2016 and not like the disinterested, chaotic second-year player from 2017. If Apple can return to form, he makes an imposing tandem combined with Landon Collins. Outside linebacker Olivier Vernon was expected to return to action this week but was only “out there” at Wednesday’s practice, riding a bicycle and not participating in on-field activity. His absence Sunday would be a big blow to the team’s defense. The only other noteworthy name on the “did not participate” list was Shephard but he’s expected to play Sunday. Philadelphia EaglesHonestly, the Eagles didn’t play any better than the Cowboys in week one. But much more importantly, they managed a win despite not playing well.That’s money in the bank and at the end of the year no one will remember that the Eagles looked completely inept on offense throughout most of the game. In fact, they gained the exact same number of yards as the Cowboys. The Eagles continue to struggle with ongoing injury concerns. Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffrey both returned to practice Wednesday but neither is expected to play Sunday. This means Nick Foles will again be the team’s starting quarterback. The clock apparently struck midnight on Foles as he returned to being a (far) below average quarterback in the team’s opening week victory after playing like, well, a Super Bowl MVP during the team’s unlikely championship run last year. Coaching “genius” Doug Pederson’s schemes couldn’t overcome Foles’ ineffectiveness and the Eagles looked like an ordinary team against the Falcons. Next week, however, they get to face a Buccaneers team that just surrendered 40 points and 475 yards against the Saints in a surprising 48-40 victory. This should be a good indicator if the problems that plagued the Eagles’ offense in week one might linger longer into the season. Washington RedskinsEveryone who had the Redskins with the best showing of any NFC East team in week one raise their hands.No one? No? Yeah, me either. The Redskins put a pure beat-down on the Cardinals. The 24-6 final wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated. The Redskins basically did whatever they wanted. Late pickup Adrian Peterson looked vintage, running for 96 yards and catching two passes for another 70 yards while reaching the end zone once. Zillion-dollar quarterback Alex Smith compiled an 118 passer rating in very efficient fashion, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns on only 30 attempts. It was the kind of offensive performance Redskins’ fans haven’t seen too often over the last... oh... 25 years. But let’s be honest. They were playing an obviously rebuilding Arizona team that wasn’t expected to do to much this season. Still, you have to play the team on the schedule and the Redskins took care of business in very impressive fashion. 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