Maybe the biggest Week 4 win in franchise history. It felt like a must win game for the Dallas Cowboys and they took care of business. Where the offense was on it heals coming in, they picked a good time to put it together.
Here’s your weekly takeaways:
You see Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan, good things happen when you put the ball in Ezekiel Elliott’s hands. He’s pretty good at this whole football thing. Through his first three games this season he somehow still leads the league in rushing while being underused with a criminal 15 carries per game. Finally, it looks as if the offensive minds of the staff have woken up. Zeke touched the ball 29 times for 240 all purpose yards. 25 carries for 152 yards and 4 receptions for 88 yards. The kid even led the pre-game speech in Sean Lee’s place. From what I heard, he got the guys some next level fired up.
He took a screen pass 38-yards to the house in the second quarter and was a huge reason Dallas could get into field goal range late in the fourth to win it. How you ask? Zeke lined up out wide and basically just ran a go-route to haul in a 34-yard reception. Jerry mentioned post-game that they wanted to use him in every way possible this week. When Cowboys Nation continues to beat the drum saying that Zeke can do the things Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson can do, they’ll point to this performance as proof.
Today’s game keeps us wondering why there hasn’t been more of this Zeke in the passing game. He should be finishing every game with 5+ receptions.
What more can we say about the new kicker? After it looked as if the sky was falling for him Week 1 at Carolina, Brett Maher has made seven kicks in a row and won the game for Dallas on Sunday. He walked it off with a 38-yarder and also made kicks from 42, 32 and 22 yards out. Safe to say he’s won over the fans and his teammates when it comes to trust as a kicker.
Sean Lee’s absence
For the first time in 2018, the Cowboys played a game without Sean Lee available on defense. We all knew it was going to happen eventually. Hoping Sean Lee will stay healthy for an entire season is like hoping for the inevitable not to happen. They played pretty well, especially in the first half, holding the Lions to 10 points in the first two quarters. Even though the Lions owned time of possession then for over 20 minutes.
Leighton Vander Esch quietly had a nice game racking up 5.5 tackles. The secondary got burnt badly a few times, but we need to give some credit to the receivers on the Lions and having one of the best pure throwers in the league getting them the rock. That’s a real talented group out there. Byron Jones balled out again, furthermore proving that he’s one of the best corners in the game to start this season.
Give Demarcus Lawrence that money
That’s really all I need to say on this one. Tank was easily the superior defender on both sides in this one recording three sacks. That more than doubles his season total to 5.5 through four games. The guy is entering his prime and pass rushers like him don’t come around often. Just ask Jon Gruden.
Lawrence was asked if he was keeping track of his sacks during the game today. He said he didn’t need to but he did it in typical fashion: “I don’t pay no attention to that. I know when I put a person’s d*** in the dirt. You know what I mean?”
Quiet, but nice day for Dak
When he needed to be good, Dak Prescott was there for the Cowboys against the Lions. Facing one of the better pass defenses in the league, he had his best game since playing the Giants in December last season. Tallying a 17/27, 255 yards, 2 TD stat line, gave him his first game with 200 passing yards this season. He hit Michael Gallup for a few nice throws which we have yet to see this year while also getting the tight ends involved more so. Saving the nest for last of course with that 34-yard dime to Zeke on the go-route. Still Dak didn’t do much rushing wise for the second week in a row with just three caries for two yards. Something to keep an eye on.
Not a perfect performance by any means, but the Cowboys should be able to win their fare share of games when this version of Dak shows up.
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