It was a terrific day to be a Dallas Cowboy. America’s team has pulled within a game of the division lead with a 22-19 win over the Falcons combined with a Redskins loss to the Texans.
Offensively the workhorse was Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas did a good job in the 2nd half of putting the game on the shoulders of Elliott and the offensive line. Zeke finished the day with 30 touches for 201 yards from scrimmage and a big rushing TD in the 4th quarter to put the Cowboys up 10. When the game got tight and it was time to orchestrate a game-winning drive, Dak Prescott came through with a couple of big 3rd down conversion throws. This led to a clutch 42 yard kick by Brett Maher that snuck just inside the left upright as time expired.
Dallas’ defense did a good job limiting the Falcons defense to field goals for most of the ballgame until the score by Julio Jones with 1:50 to go. Leighton Vander Esch continued to make his case for defensive rookie of the year today with 8 tackles and an interception that led to a Cowboys score. It’s his 2nd INT in the last two games. The defensive line was without many key pieces, but played fairly well. Matt Ryan often times was under pressure indicated by the 3 sacks by Dallas.
Things weren’t perfect. There were many big mistakes and losing plays committed by Dallas, but they gritted it out, showed heart, and made the big plays that mattered. After where this team was 2 weeks ago in that Monday night loss to Tennessee at home, it has been pleasantly surprising to see this team pick up 2 quality road wins. Things are looking up for the Cowboys as of now heading into a thanksgiving matchup with the Redskins for first place. Washington will be without QB Alex Smith for the rest of the year with a broken leg. Obviously this helps Dallas’ chances, as Colt McCoy is a significant downgrade from Smith who has won a lot of games in this league. It should be a fun division race down the stretch. The NFC East is just getting started.
HOW BOUT THEM COWBOYS!!!! ✭