Well, for one, it was over by the third quarter. No, really, it was over.
With a Cowboys drive that started at around two minutes in the third period of play, Dallas sent out backup quarterback Cooper Rush to finish the game. Dak Prescott hadn’t played since 8:18 in the third period, and the Cowboys were already up 42-7 at that point.
Even that far ahead, the special teams went on to block a punt in the Football Team’s territory for a walk-in touchdown. The extra scoring and defense is something for a little bit later, though.
For now, Prescott came out to look the sharpest that he’s looked in quite some time. Though you could point to Washington’s team and defense being beaten up, Prescott was still nearly perfect for a lot of the first half.
The Dallas Cowboys’ Sunday Night Football win shows how dominant they can be when offense and defense both play well.
The starting quarterback went one for four for eight yards passing in the second half before being pulled. That means that he completed 27 of 35 passes and threw for 332 yards in the first half alone, including the 12-play drive for 89 yards before the half that brought a touchdown in just a minute and 36 seconds.
Prescott was great Sunday night and needs to stay that way. Hopefully, this is a sign that Prescott is starting to tune back up when he needs to the most, finally matching his defense’s effort and looking the way he did to begin the year.
And, the defense continued to be dominant. They once again racked up the turnovers and picked off Washington twice, even returning one for a touchdown.
An extension of the defense, the great energy and high-intensity play has seemed to permanently spill over into the special teams as well. You’ll need stuff like that to make a deep playoff run.
That’s the ultimate goal, right? In order to do that, you’ll need more games like this from Prescott. He looked spry again on Sunday night, making me think the slump may have been tied to his health because it all looks right now.
The defense is still humming, and if both sides of the ball can stay in harmony, the music is beautiful. Sunday night’s win against Washington shows exactly that.