We usually spend a lot of time complimenting the Dallas Cowboys’ defense after games. While that unit still performed incredibly well, including an impressive scoop-and-score from Micah Parsons, the offense finally came to play as well. No tricks. Just treats.
Without Dak Prescott from Weeks 2-6, this Cowboys offense was led by Cooper Rush who deserves credit for leading this team to four victories. However, the offense wasn’t able to be nearly as prolific as it’s been in the past.
Things looked the same last week against the Detroit Lions in Prescott’s return. After coming back from five weeks out with a thumb injury, the QB1 was slow to figure out a rhythm with his offense. In fact, the Cowboys only scored three points in the first half against Detroit.
The second half was certainly better, but it was nothing like what we saw from the first whistle on Sunday. This offense was moving smoothly and was able to convert their first six third downs of the day, a feat that was a huge struggle for them in past games.
For the first time in eight years, the Cowboys’ offense scored four touchdowns on four drives. Keep in mind, they did that without Ezekiel Elliott and Noah Brown. This looked like a complete 180-degree turn from what we’d seen out of this offense in the past few weeks.
The Dallas offense was rolling. After scoring 3, 20, 23, 25, 22, 17, and 24 points so far this season, they ended Sunday’s game with 49 points. In case you missed it, here were some plays that proved Prescott and his offense were back.
7 plays that proved that Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense are back
7. Dak Prescott’s first touchdown of the day
While it was nice for Prescott to get his first rushing touchdown of the season, perhaps the lead-up to this play was even more impressive.
After having slow first-half starts week after week, the offense took the ball 75 yards in 11 plays to get the ball in the end zone with clear efficiency. Michael Gallup and Tony Pollard played huge parts in that effectiveness.
Eventually, the Cowboys found themselves at a critical 3rd and 2 from the seven-yard line. What could’ve turned into a field goal was a QB sneak that led to Prescott making his way into the end zone.
He could not have done this without Dalton Schultz’s block which is another way to prove this offense is back. Many have criticized Schultz for his blocking capability, but this was perfect execution by the TE1.
This marked Prescott’s 26th career rushing touchdown and his first since the November 2021 game against Atlanta.