By: Anthony Miller
After a tough week 3 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Dallas Cowboys bounce back in a big way beating the New England Patriots 38-3.
Each team opened the game with opening drive field goals to tie the game at 3-3. Dallas needed ten plays on their next drive to close it out with Dak Prescott connecting with CeeDee Lamb for a 20-yard touchdown pass putting the Cowboys up 10-3.
Dallas’ defense was able to hold Mac Jones on fourth and one from getting the first down forcing New England off the field. After a three and out for the Cowboys, the defense produces a scoop and score off a Jones fumble returned for a touchdown by Leighton Vander Esch. A fake extra point saw punter Bryan Anger connect with Chauncey Golston on a pass for the two points giving Dallas an 18-3 lead.
The Cowboys forced a three and out as Dallas’ offense responded with a Brandon Aubrey field goal to make it 21-3. Dallas’ defense wasn’t done scoring yet as DaRon Bland gets a pick six on Jones increasing their lead to 28-3 to close out the first half.
Bland continues his dominance on the first drive of the second half getting a second interception on Jones. That helped set up another Aubrey field goal to make it 31-3.
The defense dominated through the second half and Dallas slowed down offensively until the fourth quarter. It was fullback Hunter Luepke who scored the last points of the game with a three-yard touchdown run to close the game 38-3.
Prescott ended the game 28-34 for 261 yards and one touchdown. Tony Pollard was the leading rusher with 47 yards while KaVontae Turpin right behind him after he had one rush for 46 yards. Jake Ferguson was the leading receiver with seven catches for 77 yards.
On defense, Bland was the star of the game with four tackles, three pass deflections, two interceptions, and one touchdown. Vander Esch led the Cowboys in tackles with seven while also scoring a touchdown.
For New England, former Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott make his return to Dallas as he had six carries for 16 yards. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick suffers his worst loss as a head coach.
Biggest Takeaways From The Game
Starting with the sole concern, Micah Parsons was injured in the game with a leg injury as he went into the blue tent in the second quarter. Cowboys breathed a sigh of relief when he did return to the game. While it doesn’t seem serious, it will be something the Cowboys will have to monitor this week.
Outside of that, let’s be honest, the Cowboys played the most complete game of the season.
Dallas’ offense was smooth moving the ball with Prescott throwing accurate passes and protecting the ball. Outside of the one Turpin run, the rushing attack left much to be desired, but it was a blowout of a game so it didn’t hurt them.
The Cowboys defense was about the same. Dominant from start to finish playing strong coverage and adding plenty of pressure on Jones. New England had just four plays of 20 plus yards while allowing just 53 rushing yards. The Patriots also had five drives of three or less plays.
If fans thought the Cowboys-Jets game was a blowout, this one makes that look like a nail-biter. Even without Trevon Diggs, Dallas continues to have one of the best defenses in the league and showed last week was a fluke.
The Cowboys prepare for next week for their Sunday night showdown against the unbeaten San Francisco 49ers.
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