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Cowboys Eye NFC East Title in Week 18 Showdown Against Commanders

03 January 2023, Tuesday
As the regular season begins to draw to a close and the playoffs approach, the Cowboys still have a lot to strive for in their upcoming game against the San Antonio Commanders. With a possible NFC East crown on the line, the coordinators have discussed the key elements of their respective units in recent weeks after the Cowboys' back-to-back victories over the Eagles and Titans. The aim is to make sure they have everything in place come kickoff.

Dan Quinn praised the toughness and grit of his players following their win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve, though he did indicate there were too many mental errors (seven). After the decisive victory over the Titans, however, Quinn was pleased to note that there were only two mental errors in addition to four missed tackles. He remarked that his players had displayed good focus and were making improvements, although much work still needs to be done.

The Cowboys' defense has not recorded many sacks in recent weeks, which is a stark departure from their promising start to the season. Even though the numbers did not reflect it, Defensive Coordinator Mike Quinn noticed improvement in the pressure applied against the Titans. This week, the focus is on improving the stunts and trapping the quarterback within the pocket. Quinn stated that this is "right at the top of [his] list of things to nail."

The loss of linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has been acutely felt by the Cowboys in recent weeks as he regains his fitness ahead of the playoffs. Quinn spoke highly of Vander Esch's communication abilities, along with his 90 total tackles, noting the tremendous value that he contributes when it comes to setting the defense. “He is very knowledgeable with the front seven – as regards to alignments, adjustments, and the like. That's exactly what you would want from an experienced linebacker, and he has done an exemplary job.”

Moore commented on the Cowboys' notable improvements in their third down conversions since the beginning of the year, with their current ranking being third in the league at a rate of around 47%. It was quite the challenge earlier on, Moore remarked. We've had some players take the initiative and make very impressive plays, which led to this success.

Despite being without Tony Pollard due to a thigh injury, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off a victory against the Tennessee Titans despite only gaining 87 rushing yards and an average of 2.7 yards a carry. Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore gave credit to the Titans' run defense and the coaching staff behind it, noting that there were no errors that occurred on their side.

Moore has had the chance to witness how Prescott and Lamb have grown together into one of the more successful quarterback-receiver duos in the NFL. Thanks to their many conversations and the time they spend together, it is showing on the field with the way Prescott instinctively looks for Lamb. Moore remarks that it is clear to see how in-sync the two of them are and the impressive results they have had in the last few weeks, such as three straight 100-yard games for Lamb.

John Fassel, the Cowboys' special teams coordinator, was overjoyed by rookie return man KaVontae Turpin's Pro Bowl selection. He praised the player for his impressive journey and stated that both of them still feel like they have yet to showcase their best stuff.

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