Cowboys vs Jaguars: It’s the sixth time the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars have faced off historically, with neither owning the tied 3-3 series record. The latter has won two of the last three bouts, but it was the former taking home the victory in London circa 2014, when quarterback Tony Romo returned from fractured transverse processes in his back to smack Jacksonville around in a 31-17 rout that was not nearly as close as the final score would have you believe. All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant went off for 158 yards and two touchdowns on only six receptions that day, harkening us all back to a time when the Cowboys’ passing attack was lethal on-demand.
That was then and this is now, however, and the 2018 iteration of the team will see Romo cover the game from the CBS Sports booth while Bryant tweets about it during his willful free agency — the current roster hoping to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars with the third-worst passing offense in all of football.
The blueprint for defeating the Cowboys is evident, and it’s rooted in trying to negate running back Ezekiel Elliott from the stat line. A tall task usually, but it’s been made easier recently by a combination of questionable play-calling and uneven play from both quarterback Dak Prescott and his wide receiver unit. With no consistent air attack to speak of, the Cowboys rely that much more on Elliott, and behind a rebuilt offensive line — no less — to deliver big numbers on the ground and in the air on a weekly basis. He was able to accomplish the feat in a major way in Week 5, but one week later found himself made a non-factor by the Houston Texans.