Dallas Cowboys shine in Pro Bowl despite near shutout loss
The Dallas Cowboys had plenty of representatives in the Pro Bowl. And although the NFC as a whole was nearly shutout, the players themselves shined.
The Dallas Cowboys had plenty of representation when the NFL’s version of an All-Star game, the Pro Bowl, kicked off in Orlando, Florida on Sunday afternoon. The Cowboys players who were originally voted into the Pro Bowl included left tackle Tyron Smith, left guard Zack Martin, running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and cornerback Byron Jones.
Both Smith and Martin opted not to attend the event, so they were replaced by the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lane Johnson and the New Orleans Saints’ Larry Warford respectively.
The absence of other players from the Pro Bowl opened the door for other Cowboys to make the NFC roster. Those players included quarterback Dak Prescott who replaced Saints’ veteran passer Drew Brees. Rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch replaced Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly. And wide receiver Amari Cooper replaced the Saints’ Michael Thomas.
The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, headed by head coach Jason Garrett, were chosen to led the NFC team in the Pro Bowl. Ironically, the NFC proceeded to get blown out in a rainy contest by the AFC squad, who were up 20-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Prescott rallied the NFC roster in the final frame to score their lone touchdown of the day, ending the NFL’s All-Star game with a final score of 26-7.
The Cowboys third-year passer finished the day throwing for 45 yards, one touchdown and one interception while completing just four of his 11 passes. Prescott’s one score was a 20-yards pass to Atlanta Falcons’ tight end Austin Hooper.
Elliott recorded 33 yards on three carries, leading the entire game in rushing yardage. Zeke also had two catches for 14 yards on two targets. Cooper had one reception for eight yards, but dropped a Prescott pass in the end zone.
Vander Esch would led both Pro Bowl rosters recording seven total tackles. Lawrence would record a tackle for a loss, while Jones ended the game with one assisted tackle and one pass defend in the box score.