Ever since Jerry Jones opened AT&T Stadium, a.k.a. Jerry World, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled to win at home. That could be changing in 2018; the Cowboys improved to 2-0 at home this season after Dak Prescott led the team to a 26-24 comeback win over the Detroit Lions.
This is more like it for Prescott and the offense. The Cowboys invested in more of their passing game on Sunday, throwing more down the field than they had in the first three games combined. That loosened up Detroit defense enough for Ezekiel Elliott to explode for his best game of the season.
Elliott ran for 152 yards, gashing the Lions all day. The Cowboys finally got him involved in the passing game as well; Zeke scored on Dallas’ go-to screen which has now worked three times, once in each of his three seasons in the league. Prescott and the offensive line let a free edge rusher come and then Dak lofts it to Elliott, who catches it with a convoy to the end zone. Connor Williams, Joe Looney and Zack Martin led the way for Elliott’s score.
However, the biggest play the quarterback and star running back made all game was with the game on the line. Prescott threw a perfect pass to Elliott for a 34-yard gain to put the Cowboys in position to win the game. A week after Elliott lost focus in the passing game, he made up for it against the Lions.
Dak showed his mettle on Sunday as well. Prescott has his best game in a long time, excelling in the intermediate passing game. The game plan seemed to include more throws down the field and Prescott responded with big throws over the middle and if the receivers could have hung on to a few more passes, the Cowboys might have won convincingly.
The only sequence to question was in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys only tried to run the ball once and then threw two times, settling for a field goal. If Prescott could have the throw to Swaim back in that situation (I think he was throwing to Michael Gallup), he might have had a perfect day.
Dallas settled for too many field goals, struggling in the red zone, but the offense was much better against the Lions.
On defense, the Cowboys were led by DeMarcus Lawrence, who collected three sacks and added three tackles for a loss. The Lions had only given up three sacks on the season, so Tank had himself a heck of a game.
The defense was victimized again on a few broken plays in the secondary, which angered Kris Richard on the sideline.
It was a much better game for the Cowboys and their offense. The game shouldn’t have been in question so late, but Prescott answered with the drive of the season for the Cowboys. It was an effort and a plan Dallas can take to improve upon moving forward.
The Cowboys had a monster game from their quarterback, their running back and scored a touchdown from a tight end not named Jason Witten. It was a much-needed win and the confidence needs to build off this win.
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