#4: Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Week 2)
The “wizards” who make the NFL schedule each season gave the Cowboys no favors by starting their season on the road. Not only were Week’s 1 and 2 back-to-back road games, but Dallas had to go coast to coast.
After losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to kick off the season, the Cowboys went home to Dallas and flew out to Los Angeles. The team was trying to avoid the season killing 0-2 start after being beaten by quarterback Tom Brady.
Boy, did they avoid 0-2 in a dramatic fashion. Dallas had no business to win this game after the defense started to give up chunk play after chunk play. They were lucky enough to have two penalties take away 14 points from the Chargers.
Prescott did not play great, so the Cowboys had to rely on their running backs, Elliott and Tony Pollard. Both backs carried the team on their shoulders, combining for 180 rushing yards. Week 2 was Pollard’s break-out game rushing for 109 of the total yards, averaging just over eight yards a carry.
Thanks to a 56 yard, game-winning field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein, Dallas pulled off a much-needed victory against an excellent Chargers team led by quarterback Justin Herbert.
#3: Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers (Week 4)
This game was one of the headliners of the week. Were the Carolina Panthers for real with a record of 3-0? Could they stop the Dallas Cowboys, who were on a roll offensively, winning their previous two games? The answer was no.
What made this game so much fun was how back and forth it was going into halftime. Quarterback Sam Darnold showed flashes of Cam Newton rushing for two touchdowns while the Dallas offense was dicing apart the No.1 ranked defense through the air and on the ground.
When kicker Zane Gonzalez missed a field goal to start the third quarter, that is when the script was flipped in the Cowboy’s favor. After some hard runs by Elliott, Prescott found wide receiver Amari Cooper down the sideline for a beautiful touchdown pass.
From there, Dallas racked up another 13 points after two Trevon Diggs interceptions, and the game seemed to be over. The Panthers made it interesting with a late offensive surge, but it was a little too late.
Now with a 3-1 record, the buzz was starting around the Cowboys being a legit playoff contender and possibly Super Bowl-bound thanks to their defensive player of the year candidate in Diggs.