The Dallas Cowboys might have found a winning formula
The Dallas Cowboys handily defeated the New York Giants in AT&T Stadium Sunday night. Let’s take a look at how the offense was able to bounce back.
When the Dallas Cowboys offense took the field for the first time Sunday night, no one knew what to expect. Would we get the offense we saw against the Carolina Panthers that struggled to score just eight points? Or would we see something different? More creative? To our surprise, we actually saw the offense that most expected to see from the beginning.
Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan came out guns blazing Sunday night, letting quarterback Dak Prescott let loose a 64-yard bomb to wide receiver Tavon Austin for a touchdown on the team’s third offensive play of the game.
Used much more as a running threat, Prescott was also able to break off a few key runs to keep the defense on their heels early. Dallas was also able to get running back Ezekiel Elliott going, resulting in a much-needed 37-yard field goal for kicker Brett Maher to give the Cowboys a 10-0 lead over the Giants in the first quarter.
Unfortunately, that was pretty much it for the Cowboys new-look offense through most of the first half. Dallas wasn’t able to push the ball up the field like they did on their first two series for most of the contest.
The biggest reason the offense stalled was due to the running game. Giants defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison was simply able to push center Joe Looney into the backfield on a regular basis. Not having a consistent rushing attack gave the Giants defense a chance to drop more defenders into coverage and hold the Cowboys to just 13 points through three quarters.
Then, all of a sudden, the offense woke back up again. Led by Prescott and Elliott, the Cowboys went on a 14-play, 82-yard drive that took 8:23 off the clock and gave the Cowboys a 20-3 lead following a Zeke seven-yard touchdown run with 5:51 left in the contest.
The Dallas Cowboys were able to win the game over their NFC East foes, 20-13. If they can continue to run the ball with both Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, while also creating big plays in the passing game like they did with Tavon Austin, this Cowboys offense might have found a winning formula.