What a first half from the Dallas Cowboys.
After struggling to get first downs and scoring only three points against the Detroit Lions in the first half of Week 7, we are seeing a completely different version (an homage to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Halloween maybe?) of this Cowboys offense.
This Dak Prescott-led unit came out firing on all cylinders against the Chicago Bears.
With Ezekiel Elliott and Noah Brown out, many were worried we’d see another week of Prescott and CeeDee Lamb/Michael Gallup struggling to connect.
The opposite happened and the Cowboys are heading into halftime up 28-17.
It all started off with an impressive opening drive from America’s Team. The Cowboys marched 75 yards down the field in just 11 plays with the help of great catches from Gallup and great runs from Tony Pollard. The first drive ended in a beautiful seven-yard TD rush from Prescott thanks to a critical block from Dalton Schultz.
The Cowboys score four touchdowns in their first four drives for the first time in eight years in Week 8 against the Bears
From there, the train kept rolling. A beautiful pass from Prescott to Lamb scored the second touchdown of the day to put the Cowboys up 14-0. After that play, the QB1 was 10-for-11 with 107 passing yards and a rushing and passing touchdown in just his second week back from a hand injury.
Being up 14-0 was great. However, what was more impressive was the Cowboys’ ability to keep the rhythm going on offense — something we haven’t seen from this team in a while. The ‘Boys were able to score another two touchdowns on their next two drives, marking the first time Dallas has scored four touchdowns on their first four possessions in eight years.
Talk about a turnaround week. This team went from barely being able to get a first down in Week 7 to going 6-for-6 on third downs through the first 30 minutes of the game in Week 8.
The third and fourth touchdowns were just as nice.
The third was an 18-yard touchdown rush from Pollard who broke a tackle and found a hole for himself and made it through to the end zone.
Touchdown number four should have been Malik Davis’ first of his career, but the running back just barely stepped out at the one-yard line before crossing the end zone. On the next play, Dallas faked it to Davis and Prescott made an easy pass to rookie tight end Jake Ferguson for his second touchdown of the season.
This offensive firepower is something we haven’t seen from this offense this season. Let’s hope they continue this in the second half as they enter the third quarter with a 28-17 lead and Chicago gets the ball first after halftime.