Plenty of blame to go around for Jaguars after another loss

Plenty of blame to go around for Jaguars after another loss
Prescott stars as Cowboys dismantle Jaguars 40-7
ARLINGTON, Texas — Dak Prescott sparked the previously punchless Dallas passing game and celebrated Conor McGregor-style .

Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Cole Beasley for a big halftime lead and rushed for a career-high 82 yards with another score in the Cowboys 40-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

“Its definitely the best weve played from executing on offence and taking advantage of when the defence is giving us turnovers and good field position,” Prescott said. “We were just feeding off each other. We felt it early. I dont know if it was Conor McGregor or whatever it was.”

After the game, reporters asked Ramsey about Beasley, and he didnt have much to say. He also did not answer a question about running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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McGregor mingled before the game with the Cowboys , offering some fist-pumping encouragement before they rolled to a 24-0 halftime lead. Beasley recorded his first two touchdowns of the season for the NFLs 30th-ranked passing offence that was facing the leagues No. 1 pass defence.

Prescott had 151 of his 183 yards passing in the first half because Dallas (3-3) didnt need to throw while coasting during a second-half blowout.

The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year already had his personal best in rushing for a game when he spun out of a sack for the longest run of his career, a 28-yarder. He scored Dallas first touchdown on a 17-yard run while almost doubling his previous high of 45 yards, in Week 2.

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Trailing by at least 20 at halftime for the second straight week, the Jaguars (3-3) had to abandon their preferred running attack again. They also were without Leonard Fournette for the fourth time with a hamstring injury, and have a banged-up offensive line on its third left tackle.

The Cowboys selected Elliott in with the No. 4 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Although some speculated the team was going to take Ramsey.

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Blake Bortles, who established a career high in yards passing in consecutive weeks and had a chance to become the fifth NFL quarterback with three straight games of at least 375 yards, was 15 of 26 for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

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“Tough to describe, just pretty much a waste of a day, and a trip,” Bortles said. “Not by any means what we expected to do, were planning on doing. Weve got to find a way to fix it, and we will.”

Johnson: “Well, first of all, I didnt agree with the decision to punt the football on fourth down. But the key for Jason Garrett is his relationship with the owner, Jerry Jones. And I think thats very good. You say, Well, hes only won one playoff game in eight years. Well, they had a great coach there, Bill Parcells. He didnt win any playoff games, so thats not a factor.

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The Cowboys won their first three games of the season at 9-year-old AT&T Stadium for the first time. Most of their offensive struggles have been in the three road losses.

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson and 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones take a group photo together at the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, August 6, 2017. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News)

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No such difficulties this time, even when Prescott lost control of the ball twice and basically dribbled to himself on two of his career-high 11 runs. He also completed a first-down pass to Baylor power forward-turned tight end Rico Gathers, making it quite the basketball day as well.

Simms: “Theyve thrown fewer 20-plus-yard passes than any team in the league.” He added that Dallas has no wide receivers who can create separation and said its incumbent on the coaching staff to implement “movement, creativity, deception. These are things to slow defenses down. The Cowboys dont do it.”

Beasley had his second career 100-yard receiving game with 101 yards on nine catches. The scoring plays were from 17 and 9 yards , with the diminutive receiver showing plenty of emotion after each big catch.

“Im just looking for them to be creative. So Im not going to call out my former coach, Scott Linehan, but Ill challenge him and say, Scott, lets go in and dig into that Trick-or-treat bag. Its almost Haloween, lets show people that this offense can get creative.

“Maybe it was a little social media action that got me pumped, and also game plan,” Beasley said. “Knowing I had a lot of opportunities, I was ready to go.”

The Dallas defence, a top 10 unit overshadowed coming into the game, lost its shutout on Bortles 34-yard pass to Dede Westbrook midway through the third quarter.

But the Cowboys answered with their second interception of the season, by Jeff Heath as part of triple coverage , and Jourdan Lewis recovery just barely inbounds of receiver Keelan Coles fumble after a catch. The Jaguars had season lows with 204 total yards and 65 on the ground.

Dallas’ other inactives are defensive tackle Caraun Reid, linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring), linebacker Joe Thomas (foot), quarterback Mike White, tight end Dalton Schultz and offensive guard Xavier Su’a Filo.

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The centerpiece of the Dallas offence, NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott, was something of an afterthought with the prolific passing in the first half. But he finally passed Prescotts rushing total for good on a 15-yard scoring run for a 37-7 lead and finished with 106 yards on 24 carries.

Jacksonville is hurting at offensive tackle. It placed Josh Wells on injured reserve Friday with a groin injury. He joined Cam Robinson, the starting left tackle early in the season before tearing an ACL in Week Two.

It was the first meeting for Elliott and outspoken Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was taken one spot behind the Cowboys star at No. 5 in the 2016 draft. Both teams are obviously happy with the pick.

Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving will make his debut today. Despite only three practices since November, Irving will play against the Jaguars.

The Jaguars rode their defence to a spot in the AFC championship game last season, and Elliott has been arguably the leagues most productive back. The 2016 rushing leader as a rookie, Elliott was suspended for six games last season over domestic violence allegations.

Veteran Josh Walker will make his first start at left tackle, and T.J. Yeldon will start at running back for the banged up Jaguars.

Ramsey almost had an interception on the sideline at the goal line with the Jaguars down 24-7 late in the third quarter, but couldnt get his second foot inbounds.

Receiver Brice Butler, though, won’t play with a groin injury. The Cowboys listed him among their seven inactives.

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Dallas Brett Maher had four field goals for the second time in three games, including a career long of 55 yards. … Randy Gregory had his first sack since his return from substance-abuse suspensions that sidelined the Cowboys defensive end for 30 of 32 games the previous two seasons.

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Jaguars: DE Calais Campbell left in the first half with a rib injury. … TE Niles Paul didnt return because of a knee injury.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Dak Prescott threw two touchdown passes to Cole Beasley to spark the previously punchless Dallas passing game and rushed for a career-high 82 yards in the Cowboys 40-7 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Of course, how Jones feels about Garrett and Phillips are two entirely different things. Jones has intense admiration for Phillips, but Garrett has always been Jones’ guy. After all, he hired Garrett prior to bringing Phillips aboard as head coach, with the direct intent of grooming Garrett to be a future head coach of the Cowboys. The latter has been referred to as the former’s Tom Landry, the coach ownership intended to bring a championship to Dallas.

Perhaps pumped up by some pregame mingling with UFC fighter Conor McGregor , the Cowboys rolled to a 24-0 halftime lead, with Beasley getting his first two touchdowns of the season for the NFLs 30th-ranked passing offense that was facing the leagues No. 1 pass defense.

“I do believe in Wade and the staff and the players,” said Jones, who has never fired a coach in midseason. “The thing about it is when you have that kind of commitment, one of the No. 1 things you have it for is those situations. Those people are supposed to really be there in hard times. Hard times. That’s when you’ve got to make your best grade if you’re deserving of that commitment and we’re in hard times.

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Prescott had 151 of his 183 yards passing in the first half because Dallas didnt need to throw while coasting during a second-half blowout.

So, he thinks it through. He works hard. The main thing everybody ought to know is how hard he works. You say, ‘Well, that’s not enough. We all work hard.’ But he works very hard. He’s got outstanding background in our game. He’s gained a Harvard, or whatever kind of degree, the best in the world in NFL through being your head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. And I want to put all of that together and use it.

The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had already his personal best in rushing for a game when he spun out of a sack for the longest run of his career, a 28-yarder. He scored Dallas first touchdown on a 17-yard run .

Multiple times over the past couple of weeks, Dallas wideouts have spoken out about the problems the offense is having. First it was Cole Beasley, saying the issue wasn’t the wideouts not getting open and saying the club wouldn’t dare release him for speaking his mind. Then Allen Hurns chimed in not once, but twice, with the latest incident calling out coordinator Scott Linehan for a lack of creativity in play calling.

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The Cowboys (3-3) won their first three games of the season at 9-year-old AT&T Stadium for the first time. Most of their offensive struggles have been in the three road losses.

For Ramsey, noted trash talker to any and all comers, to admit that is alarming for those with stock in the black and teal. And the most concerning of all is the fact Jacksonville blitzed even less than usual, sending extra rushers on just 13.3 percent of pass attempts, while Prescott posted the slowest time to throw of any QB in Week 6.

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No such difficulties this time, even when Prescott lost control of the ball twice and basically dribbled to himself on two of his career-high 11 runs. He also completed a first-down pass to former Baylor power forward Rico Gathers, making it quite the basketball day as well.

The answer: the running game. Jacksonville allowed Kansas City to rush for 126 yards last week (including a short Mahomes TD run), and then got pounded into submission by a two-headed monster of Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who combined to rush for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 35 attempts. The read option was back in Dallas.

Beasley had his second career 100-yard receiving game with 101 yards on nine catches. The scoring plays were from 17 and 9 yards.

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Trailing by at least 20 at halftime for the second straight week, the Jaguars (3-3) had to abandon their preferred running attack again. They also were without Leonard Fournette for the fourth time with a hamstring injury, and have a banged-up offensive line on its third left tackle.

That combination means the pass rush just wasnt working all that well, even with its pressure rate of 33.3 percent Sunday. The result is added pressure on those in coverage, which didnt produce a desirable result, but thats supposed to be a strength of the Jaguars.

Blake Bortles, who established a career high in yards passing in consecutive weeks and had a chance to become the fifth NFL quarterback with three straight games of at least 375 yards, was 15 of 26 for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

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The Dallas defense, a top 10 unit overshadowed coming into the game, lost its shutout on Bortles 34-yard pass to Dede Westbrook midway through the third quarter.

Perhaps Sunday was a defining lesson in being a step slow in in-game adjustments. This could be a turning point for the Jaguars. But for now, what Jackson and Ramsey said rings true: They arent the best defense in the NFL anymore.

But the Cowboys answered with their second interception of the season, by Jeff Heath as part of triple coverage , and Jourdan Lewis recovery just barely inbounds of receiver Keelan Coles fumble after a catch.

The centerpiece of the Dallas offense, NFL rushing leader Ezekiel Elliott, was something of an afterthought with the prolific passing in the first half. But he finally passed Prescotts rushing total for good on a 15-yard scoring run for a 37-7 lead and finished with 106 yards on 24 carries.

It was the first meeting for Elliott and outspoken Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was taken one spot behind the Cowboys star at No. 5 in the 2016 draft. Both teams are obviously happy with the pick.

The Jaguars rode their defense to a spot in the AFC championship game last season, and Elliott has been arguably the leagues most productive back in two-plus seasons. The 2016 rushing leader as a rookie, Elliott was suspended for six games last season over domestic violence allegations.

Edit Slot to 247Sports Home Slot to Dallas Cowboys Newsletter Slot to Dallas Links Jalen Ramsey isnt a happy man, and that means the Dallas Cowboys did their job.

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Ramsey almost had an interception on the sideline at the goal line with the Jaguars down 24-7 late in the third quarter, but couldnt get his second foot inbounds.

In an up-and-down season for the Cowboys, the goal will now be to assert themselves on the road, something theyve failed to do thus far.

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Four-time All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles had four carries for 7 yards and a 5-yard catch as the backup to T.J. Yeldon less than a week after signing with the Jaguars. It was the former Kansas City stars first game at the home of the Cowboys. He was a freshman on Texas national championship team during the 2005 season and lives near Houston.

Ramsey didnt have much to say before the game, and had even less to say after the 40-7 dismantling in Arlington.

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Jaguars: DE Calais Campbell left in the first half with a rib injury. … TE Niles Paul didnt return because of a knee injury.