It was much of the same story for the Dallas Cowboys against the Lions: struggle early, but find a groove late to put points on the board. The only difference this week was the Cowboys’ offense hit their stride earlier than past weeks, was rarely slowed and didn’t beat themselves, leading to a 35-27 win in Detroit.
This is was an awesome display of firepower from Dak Prescott and his receivers. Prescott threw for 444 yards, three touchdowns and had two receivers go over the 100-yard mark, neither was named Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb pitched in with monster games, combining for 263 yards and a score and both were wide open all game long.
The running backs were also heavily involved, each catching a touchdown pass. Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard weren’t used much in the running game, but both were effective as dual threats out of the backfield.
This performance was for many who asked the Cowboys to let loose on the reigns and allow Prescott to pitch it all over the yard. Prescott is one of a handful of players in the MVP category and he showed why the team needs to have faith in his ability to lead the team to wins.
The offense, however, was just one side of the game. Dallas’ defense was the opposite of their offense; they weren’t sharp at all. The unit was gashed in the running game and couldn’t get off the field on third downs in the second half. The Lions ran for 121 yards and two scores, a number that could’ve been worse if the Cowboys hadn’t gotten out to a lead and forced Jeff Driskel to beat them.
It was also a subpar day for the Special Teams units, another common theme. Tavon Austin and Pollard make questionable return decisions and Michael Bennett made a huge error, that didn’t wind up hurting the team.
The Cowboys left Detroit with a win and the offense was impressive. However, there are major issues to address, especially on defense and Special Teams. The important thing was to leave a winner, which the Cowboys did.
Prescott was the story of the game for the Cowboys and there is a lesson that comes from this win. This team should trust their quarterback because he’s going to win you a lot of games.
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