Why can’t the Dallas Cowboys do that every game? That’s what every Cowboys fan was thinking after their favorite team dismantled the Los Angeles Rams 44-21.
We’ve been waiting to see from these Cowboys, a complete team effort. It’s been weeks since the team put a game this good together and it was the first time they’ve done it against a winning team.
This was the best game the Cowboys have played on the season, it’s that simple.
The Cowboys played with energy against the Rams we haven’t seen much of in the past few weeks. With the Eagles winning earlier in the day and their backs against the wall, Dallas came out and fought like they knew their season was on the line. The Cowboys couldn’t have been eliminated from playoff contention with a loss, but their played inspired no confidence they could turn things around.
Consider things turned.
Ezekiel Elliott put together a stellar game and ran like a man possessed, rushing for 117 yards and two scores. The stud runner could’ve done even more damage if the team hadn’t pulled him with the game out of hand in the second half. Elliott was elusive and broke tackles on his way to a 160 total yards.
Tony Pollard pitched in with a 100-yard game as well, and his best game as a pro featured a nifty 44-yard touchdown run.
If there were any doubt the Cowboys still needed to run the ball well and to include Elliott more, this was the game. Dallas kept the Rams’ defense off balance on early downs and still fed Zeke enough to dominate on offense.
It was also a game for a couple of players people are ready to put out to pasture. Jason Witten had an amazing one-handed touchdown grab and Sean Lee was all over the field. The General Lee picked up a sack and an interception that helped seal the game near the end of the first half.
Finally, even special teams pitched in with a good showing. Kai Forbath was perfect on all his kicks, including two inside of 50 yards, which is all fans have been asking for.
We’ll find out if the Cowboys can get back to playing well consistently next week, but for today, it was an impressive showing.
The Cowboys are still in first place in the NFC East. The Cowboys still control their own destiny. And for one week, the Cowboys reminded us all just how good they can be when it all comes together. We can all gloat for a week.