It was another slow start for the Dallas Cowboys, but they turned it on to beat the Redskins 31-21. In week two, it was a little tougher, but the Cowboys wound up defeating a second divisional rival to begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2015.
The Cowboys had a rough start, failing to score on their first three possessions. There were penalties, a dropped pass and an interception that stymied the offense. However, Dak Prescott continued his “pay me” tour with another big game after the sloppy beginning. He threw three touchdowns and ran for 69 more leading the offense to 31 points.
After struggling in the first quarter, the offense scored on their next five possessions that totaled the team’s scoring output. Prescott led consecutive touchdown drives of 97, 83, and 75 yards and had 18 consecutive completions on the game. And after struggling in the red zone last season, the offense went 3-4 on their trips inside the Redskins’ 20 for the game.
Ezekiel Elliott pitched in with 111 yards on the ground and his score in the fourth quarter sealed the win.
The defense managed to do just enough to help win the game. The Cowboys owned the time of possession, which limited the damage from Case Keenum and the Redskins’ offense. Dallas’ defense held the Redskins to just 255 yards of offense on the game.
It certainly wasn’t as clean as it was last week, but the Cowboys dominated after a slow start. Washington could not get their defense off the field and Prescott was surgical throwing the ball in the intermediate and deep passing game. Prescott went 26-30 and helped the offense convert on 7-11 on third downs. You’re going to win a lot of games when you score touchdowns on 75% of your red zone trips, converting on 63.3% of your third downs, your quarterback completes 86.6% of his passes and has a running back go over 100 yards.
The Cowboys found their groove in the second quarter and put away another rival. Being 2-0 is always good, being 2-0 inside the NFC East is even better. This offense and the quarterback look like a much better version than the one that went to the playoffs last season.
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