Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lights, Cowboys get in way of Dolphins' pass offense


The Dallas Cowboys had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in 2013. For at least one preseason evening, it looked better.

Dallas held Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to 13-of-21 passing with one interception and no touchdowns Saturday night in the teams' third preseason game, during the standard NFL dress rehearsal week.

Tannehill also missed receiver Mike Wallace on a--you guessed it--deep pass, though coach Joe Philbin attributed that particular blunder to the conditions.

“I thought [Tannehill] managed the game well, I thought he was seeing things well, I thought he had good command of what he was doing," Philbin said after the game, via the Sun Sentinel. "I think Mike (Wallace), supposedly, the lights and the location, just didn’t quite hook up.”

Wallace did end up leading the Dolphins in receiving with six receptions for 67 yards.

Tannehill added that his interception, snagged by Tyler Patmon, was a "stupid decision." Despite that miss, Philbin was mostly happy with Tannehill's showing.

“I thought he played well overall," Philbin said. "... I think they played cover 2 on that interception, that’s something you never want to turn the ball over in scoring position. You never want to turn the ball over, period. But when you’re about to get points on the board that’s a critical part of the field."

Patmon also later intercepted backup quarterback Matt Moore, returning that pick for a score. Moore fared a little better than Tannehill, though, connecting on 12 of 19 passes for a 172 yards, a touchdown and the turnover.

Tight end Gator Hostkins hauled in the offense's lone passing score.

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