After losing the lead early, Dallas doubles down on the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football from Arlington, Texas. The Lions came out of their cages and matched the Cowboys score for score before they initially took the lead after Dallas experienced a stall on their third possession of the game, turning the ball back over to Detroit.
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford was on his game, as he usually is when he returns to his home town of Dallas. Detroit’s quarterback was on target and was initially keeping pace with the good guys who were prepared to defend their home turf at AT&T Stadium.
Dak Prescott was outstanding once again. Prescott was 15-20 passing with 212 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys General got the team going when he found Brice Butler on a deep route. He also found Dez for two touchdowns. In this game, Dak tied the All Time Rookie Win Record, previously held by Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger.
Ezekiel Elliott was just too much for Detroit. Elliott carried the rock 12 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns. While the big number totals were not there for Zeke, he did have his longest carry of the season (56 yards) when he burst through the hole opened by Zack Martin and Doug Free early in the game.
Dez Bryant returned to his normal self. Bryant had an awesome Monday night. Dez only caught four passes in the contest. Two of his four catches resulted in fantastic grabs to score Cowboy touchdowns. Dez also had a first in his NFL career. Scott Linehan took out all the stops as he called a trick play. Dez received the ball on what looked like a sure reverse, until Dez threw the perfect pass to Jason Witten in the End Zone.
The new Great Wall of Dallas staved off the Lions charge and protected their quarterback throughout the contest. The wore down the Lions defense in the first half and had their way with the kitties for the rest of the evening.
Rod Marinelli was without DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford for this contest. Early on it looked like Detroit was going to be able to take full advantage of this situation, until Rod made the necessary defensive adjustments. Going to a front of three down lineman, the Cowboys figured out how to get to Stafford while suppressing the Lions running game.
Randy Gregory played in his first game of the season and did have an impact off the edge. David Irving was a force to be reckoned with, again. Malik Collins helped with the push up the middle.
Benson Mayowa seems to get better each game. Marinelli’s wave defense kept Matthew Stafford on the run and down on the ground in the second half.
The entire defense has started of slow and rather shaky early in almost every game this season. To their credit, they have managed to pull it together in the second halves of their contests while shutting down opposing offensive forces.
Orlando Scandrick had another good game, he just needs to catch the ball when he gets a chance, otherwise he was awesome in coverage – breaking up several passes.
In the second half, the secondary and linebackers cleaned up their game and did NOT allow the Lions to put any more points on the board.
Meanwhile, in the second half, the Cowboys scored 21 points matching their first half production. Dallas walked away from the evening with a 42-21 win. This win ties a franchise record with 13 wins.
13-2 is good. However, don’t expect this team to let up against the Philadelphia Eagles next weekend. The Cowboys are looking to have their way and put the Eagles down for the second time this season. This group of Cowboys has momentum and the motivation to win game number 14. Go Cowboys!