Looking to regroup after back-to-back defeats, the Cowboys will try to ruin Sam Darnold’s return Sunday when they face the winless Jets on the road.
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When: Sunday, October 13
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
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The Cowboys (3-2) looked every bit the part of a Super Bowl contender after bursting out to a 3-0 start, but some of that optimism has been tempered after failing to maintain that momentum against two of the better teams in the NFC. Dallas was unable to solve New Orleans’ defense in a Week 4 road loss and struggled on both sides of the ball in a 34-24 home defeat to Green Bay last Sunday that was not as close as the final score shows.
After not giving up a touchdown in their previous two games, the Cowboys found themselves down 24-0 less than six minutes into the third quarter before a futile second-half rally. Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 463 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times. Amari Cooper finished with a career-high 226 receiving yards on a season-best 11 catches and trails only New Orleans’ Michael Thomas among wide receivers with 512 yards.
The defeat prompted criticism from owner Jerry Jones, who singled out the offense for being turnover-prone and kicker Brett Maher after he missed a pair of field goals. The defense also deserved its share of the blame as the Packers did not need to rely on Aaron Rodgers, instead of getting 182 total yards from running back Aaron Jones as he found the end zone four times.
Dallas will be looking to get things right against a Jets team that has been a disaster offensively without Darnold, who missed the last three games due to mononucleosis. New York (0-4) sorely missed the second-year quarterback, scoring just one offensive touchdown and averaging an anemic 165 yards in those three defeats as third-string quarterback Luke Falk was under center for almost all of those games following a season-ending ankle injury to Trevor Siemian in Week 2.
The Jets are coming off a 31-6 loss to Philadelphia last Sunday, with Falk’s pick-six interception on a 4th-and-1 less than 10 minutes into the game effectively consigning them to defeat. Le’Veon Bell accounted for 88 of their 128 total yards. The running back has struggled to find any sort of daylight running the ball–he has 206 yards while averaging just 2.9 yards per carry.
Darnold’s lone start this year came in New York’s 17-16 loss to Buffalo in Week 1, and even then, the offense did not gain much traction. The Jets defense and special teams have more touchdowns (3) than the offense (2), and their lone score vs. Eagles came on a short field after a fumble recovery of a muffed punt.
The Jets have won the last two meetings between the teams by a combined six points after losing seven of the first nine matchups overall.