So the ups and downs continue and this was a big up needed. Dallas showed poise and a few different plays as they drove down the field and won the game with a last second field goal. Elliott had an amazing game and Prescott threw for over 200 yards (finally). Detroit was a formidable opponent, and even though the Cowboys won, it doesn’t seem like we have or will find consistency with this team this season.
Let’s take a look at some of the good and bad from the game:
- The defense had a tough time without the general Sean Lee out there on the field. It was scary to see the Lions move the ball so easily on the Cowboys, especially in the run game.
- Prescott didn’t throw for 300 yards and didn’t really throw the ball down the field too much in this one.
- Dallas did allow three sacks to the Lions and Prescott looked a little scared in the pocket. He needs to do a better job with his pocket presence and command the pocket.
- There was a lot of good for the Cowboys in this game. First and foremost they moved the ball down the field with a variety of different plays. It was good to see something refreshing even though they didn’t take deep shots down the field.
- Brett Maher came through in the clutch. The young kicker is proving the Cowboys right again and we might forget the man who was here for such a long time before him.
- The Cowboys total offense produced over 400 yards and was very efficient.
- Byron Jones is turning into a shutdown corner and it is greatly helping our defense. He was barely targeted against the Lions and we could have the guy we’ve coveted for years finally here. Or shall we say, finally playing the position he should’ve been playing all along.
- It’s rare when the Cowboys are penalized less than 5 times in a game. On Sunday, the Cowboys were only penalized 2 times. This is very impressive.
- Swaim might be the tight end we’ve needed. He looked good and provided a good security blanket for Prescott at times.
Linehan and company opened up the playbook more on Sunday which was refreshing. I hope they add some more this next week. Elliott is going to be our workhorse the whole season and it will be interesting to see how we maintain him throughout the year. Prescott looked more decisive when airing it out, but the Cowboys still should have concerns. Heck, if they lost and were 1-3, we probably would be asking to fire everyone. I consider this win more of a placeholder until next week, when anything is possible.