Cowboys studs and duds: Tony Pollard explodes in Week 8 win

Cowboys, Tony Pollard. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Cowboys, Tony Pollard. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /
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Cowboys, Tony Pollard. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Stud: Tony Pollard, Running Back

Tony Pollard started the game in place of Ezekiel Elliott and he had quite the opening drive. He got the ball four times on the ground for 26 yards, including a 17-yarder that put them deep into Chicago territory. He then went 16-yards on the next play, which was a short pass from Prescott.

He totaled 42 yards on their opening 75-yard drive and that led to the defense crashing in on him when Dallas called a read option on the third-and-two near the goal line. That led to Prescott walking in completely untouched for a seven-yard touchdown.

Pollard continued to go off from there, finishing with 131 yards on 14 carries with three touchdowns.

He never fails to shine whenever given a shot and this was easily the best game of his career.

Dud: DeMarcus Lawrence, EDGE

Facing a third-and-4 at the Dallas 32, Fields dropped back to pass. With two players blocking Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence had a one-on-one and got a free shot on Fields. However, Lawrence crashed inside rather than containing the outside which is never a great plan when attacking a quarterback as mobile as Fields.

As expected, Fields took off around Lawrence and was free to run for a first down and more. He ended up with 14 yards, moving the Bears to the 18-yard line. Instead of forcing a field goal attempt, the miss allowed Chicago to continue the drive into the second quarter and ended with a touchdown from Fields.

Lawrence did have a huge hit to end a two-point conversion in the third but then whiffed on Fields again in the fourth. This time, it was a third-and-eight from the Dallas 28 and Lawrence again went inside and allowed Fields to move it to the 12-yard line, setting them up with another set of downs and they scored once again. Overall, Lawrence played well and had a sack, but he missed a chance to end scoring drives twice.