Eli Manning. Phillip Rivers. Peyton Manning. Matthew Stafford. These are professional passers. The Mannings have Super Bowl rings. Rivers and Stafford have playoff berths.
They’re also the four quarterbacks that have toasted the Dallas Cowboys for at least 400 passing yards in a game this season. If you’re looking for a common denominator, start there.
Why is the quality of the quarterback a common denominator? Think about it. Alex Smith. Sam Bradford. Robert Griffin III. Nick Foles.
Those are the four quarterbacks that failed to throw for more than 400 yards against the Cowboys. In fact, only one of them threw for more than 200 yards. The Cowboys are 3-1 in those games.
The trend is clear now. When the Cowboys face a quarterback with elite or near-elite credentials — say someone on Tony Romo’s level or better — they struggle mightily to stop the pass.
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