The Cowboys win via consistent pressure on the Saints QB, Drew Brees, stopping the run and opportunistic offense. They took a dominant first half performance where the defense held the New Orleans offense scoreless for the first time in 74 games and followed it up with a gritty, hard-fought, penalty-laden second half where big plays had to be made on both sides of the ball and the Cowboys proved up to the task.
It was one hell of a game.
QB Drew Brees went 18/28 and 127 yards, 1 TD and 1 Int. RB Alvin Kamara was held to 36 yards on 11 carries on the ground and 8 receptions for 36 yards through the air.
The Cowboys had 2 sacks and I don’t know how many hurries. Brees may, he was flustered the entire game especially by pressure up the middle which is key for a QB that has a release as quick as Brees does. Vander Esh and Jaylon Smith were incredible against the run and in the flats. Smith made several critical plays.
Consider my mind officially blown and make it official, the Dallas Cowboys defense is for real. It is one of the best in the NFL.
Prescott went 24/38 for 248 yards and 1 TD. He also gave up a fumble late in the game giving the Saints one last shot at a victory before Lewis bailed him out (see tweet above) with the timely interception. That being said Dak made some crucial third down conversions, once with his legs and has shown immense composure late in games. Props are due. Props are given.
Elliott was held to 76 yards on the ground BUT he got 23 touches and I am OK with this. He also got 6 receptions for 60 yards and unlike Kamara totaled more than 100 yards from scrimmage. Gallup and Cooper both had big days Gallup going 5 for 78 and Cooper 8 for 75. Cooper gave up one fumble early and bobbled some balls late. Chalk it up to one of those days as he doesn’t have a history of ball security issues.
All in all a fantastic victory and though I have a serious problem with the number of penalties on the Cowboys in the second half (more on that later) I have to give Garrett credit for turning the season around for Dallas.
Hell of a victory. Now a nice 10 day rest before it’s time to face the Eagles for the second time.
What say you Sports Nation?
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