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Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys escaped the nation’s capital on Sunday with a hard-fought 27-23 win against the Redskins. The Cowboys really needed this win especially with the way their game ended last week against the Giants. Prescott has his first win as a starter and the Cowboys have their second win in their past 16 games without Tony Romo. Ironically, their victory prior to this one was against the Redskins. And it was in Washington.
A Look at the Cowboys Performance
Offense: Prescott went 22-for-30 with nearly 300 yards through the air. He averaged about ten yards per pass. He rushed for a touchdown. However, he’s yet to throw a touchdown or an interception. Dez Bryant finished with seven catches for 102 yards, thus having his 16th 100-yard game. It’s too early to say if Bryant has returned to his old form, but I can say that he’s getting there. Cole Beasley had five catches for 75 yards. Tight ends Jason Witten and Geoff Swaim combined for 12 catches for 80 yards. Ezekiell Elliot ran the ball 21 times for 83 yards. He fumbled twice. I can’t throw him under the bus as he’s still learning. Alfred Morris only had seven yards on the ground on five carries, but he did score the game-winning touchdown. 380 yards of total offense, averaging six yards per play. I give the offense a B+.
Defense: Allowed the Redskins to have over 430 yards of total offense. They managed to sack Kirk Cousins twice, but they allowed Cousins to throw for over 350 yards. However the Redskins finished 2-for-6 in the red-zone, so that’s a win for the Cowboys defense. Washington had a chance to increase their lead, but Barry Church intercepted Cousins in the end-zone, and the Cowboys went on to score the game-winning touchdown. The defense pulled through at the end. However, I give them a C+. They need to work on their coverage more. They can’t be allowing opposing offenses to run them over.
This Sunday, they’ll be taking on the Chicago Bears. The Cowboys need to be ready on both sides of the ball. The running game will need to be explosive as will the passing game. The defense needs to force pressure on Jay Cutler and sack him. And most importantly make stops and force turnovers.