The Dallas Cowboys took care of business for the third straight week
Cowboys beat Dolphins 31-6. Dallas is now 3-0 for the first time under Jason Garrett, and for the first time since 2008.
Coming into the game, the Cowboys were heavy favorites, and they showed why. The first two offensive possessions for the Cowboys ended in points, which the team hadn’t done so far in the first two weeks of the season.
However, the team’s momentum slowed as the Cowboys allowed the Dolphins stay in the game in the first half. Josh Rosen showed why he was a first-round pick, making some throws on the defense early. It was a game Chidobe Awuzie would like to forget in the first half. Awuzie was beaten on passes where he had tight coverage and was called for pass interference on two more (only one accepted).
At 10-6 going into the second half, the Cowboys made their halftime adjustments and rolled from there, outscoring the Dolphins 21-0 in the final 30 minutes. In recent years the Cowboys’ coaching staff has been criticized for not making adjustments at the half, those days are done.
Dak Prescott came out in the third quarter and led two easy scoring drives to put the Dolphins away. Amari Cooper’s second touchdown of the game was a beautiful pass down the seam to burn the defense. Prescott finished the other scoring drive with an eight-yard touchdown run.
It was another good game for Prescott, but it was the offensive line who dominated. The group gave Prescott time in the pocket to throw and paved the way for two 100 yard rushers for the first time since 1998 (Emmitt Smith and Chris Warren). Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard both found big holes to run through as the rushing game totaled 235 yards on the ground.
The defense also came alive in the second half and wound up with a season-high three sacks and forced three fumbles, one of which swung the tide of the game. Late in the first half, the Dolphins were driving for points and could’ve taken the lead. Jaylon Smith’s strip of Kenyon Drake near the end zone ended any chance of points and the Cowboys came out in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
After a bit of a lull in the second quarter, the Cowboys turned the game around and won it going away. They dominated the second half and blew out an inferior team. That’s exactly what they needed to do. The Dallas Cowboys are now 3-0, and look like the best team in the NFC.
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