Cowboys knock off 49ers

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott found the end zone for the first time in the NFL. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott now has back to back 100+ yard games for the first time in the NFL.
Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
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By Alex Al-Kazzaz

The Dallas Cowboys escaped from San Francisco with a hard-fought comeback 24-17 win against the 49ers. For the first time since 2014, the Cowboys are 3-1 and on a three-game winning streak.

A Look at their Performance
Offense: Dak Prescott went 23-for-32 throwing for 245 yards and two touchdown passes. Prescott has yet to throw an interception in his first 131 pass attempts, which is the most attempts by a rookie without a interception to start a career. Cole Beasley had a three catches for 66 yards. Terrance Williams and Brice Butler both a combined nine catches for 85 yards and they both scored their first touchdowns this season. Jason Witten caught seven passes for 47 yards. Ezekiel Elliot ran the ball 23 times for 138 yards and scored once, thus having his first back-to-back 100-yard games in his career. Alfred Morris had seven carries for 34 yards. The offense had 428 total yards, including 26 first downs, going 2-for-3 in the red zone, 6-for-14 in third-down conversions, and averaging about six yards per play.

Defense: Allowed 295 yards of total offense, which is a season-best. They sacked the quarterback once and forced one turnover. Amazingly, they did not allow the 49ers to have a first down from a penalty, and they made crucial stops when it was most needed. In the first quarter, the defense was very sloppy and they were missing tackle after tackle, which allowed San Francisco to take a 14-0 lead. But the defense was able to regroup and execute well. The defense did struggle on third downs as they allowed the 49er offense to convert eight of their 14 third down attempts. They allowed a season-best of only 14 first downs. Morris Claiborne intercepted his first pass since Week 3 in 2014. Lately Claiborne has been phenomenal. He came into this game leading the NFL with the lowest completion percentage against him. Defense deserves an A-.

Dez Bryant did not play due to a slight hairline fracture in his knee. Reports indicate that he’ll miss up to three weeks. If this is true, he should be cleared to return after the bye week when the Cowboys will travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Tony Romo is believed to be cleared to return when the Cowboys take on the Eagles later this month.

This Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals will visit Arlington. Dallas will look to extend their winning streak to four games and be 4-1 for the first time in two years. They’ll also be looking to win earn their second home win since 2014. DeMarcus Lawrence will make his return after serving his four-game suspension. His return should help Dallas with their pass-rush struggles.