Another week, another slow start plagues the Dallas Cowboys. After losing four of their last seven games, Sunday’s game was a must-win for the Dallas Cowboys. With an Ezekiel Elliott fumble and Detroit Lions recovery for an eventual score, Dak Prescott and company came up big at Ford Field. With the Philadelphia Eagles nipping at their heels for the NFC East lead, Dak Prescott and his receiving corps stepped up, leading the Cowboys to a 35-point victory and 509 yards of total offense. Dallas left Detroit with the win and clinching to their NFC East lead thanks to Dak Prescott’s arm and elevated play this season.
Dak Prescott was at his best while visiting Ford Field and taking on the Detroit Lions. Prescott gashed the Lions’ all afternoon throwing for 444 yards and completing 63% of his passes. With Darius Slay shutting down Amari Cooper, Dak threw for three touchdowns to three different receivers on his way to posting a QBR of 116.6. Claiming 87% of their total yards, number four found a way to push the ball downfield with Cooper battling Slay all afternoon.
Second-year man Michael Gallup and a vintage Randall Cobb both made several big plays on the day. Each went over the century mark in Sunday’s tilt. It seems the days of Dallas relying on Ezekiel Elliot and the ground game are a thing of the past. If the Cowboys win the division and want to make a playoff push, it will be with Prescott’s arm and newfound success.
Doomsday on Defense
The years of Dallas’ Doomsday Defense will forever be entrenched in NFL history. Sadly, the Cowboys’ defense has been the ones doomed as of late. For the seventh time in ten games, Dallas has yielded 100-plus yards. Touting arguably the best linebacker duo in the league, a top-ten cornerback, and a pair of elite rushers, the Cowboys rank 14th against the run. Minus a loss of four yards by Marvin Lewis, Detroit averaged a healthy 4.4 yards per carry. Coming into the night, the Lions averaged 3.7 yards a carry. They also allowed career backup Jeff Driskel to throw for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
Next week the Dallas Cowboys head to Foxborough to take on the New England Patriots. At 6-4, the Cowboys will look to upset the Patriots. Dallas must keep pace with the Eagles as they will face each other in week 17. This pending match-up seems to be looming as the division deciding game for the NFC East.
Ezekiel Elliott must find consistency on the ground to compliment Prescott’s newfound success. Just a few short weeks ago, Zeke rattled off three straight games of 100+ yards. Over the last two weeks, Elliott has mustered a measly 91 yards on 36 attempts. Zeke will look to find his rhythm and contribute early against New England. Expect Kellen Moore to assist by spreading the field with their explosive receivers on the outside and in the slot.
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