Cowboys vs. Browns Recap: Witten Breaks Another Franchise Record in a Big Win

The Dallas Cowboys continue their winning streak behind a big day from Jason Witten.

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DALLAS COWBOYS

RECORD: 7-1

DIVISION RECORD: 2-1

NEXT OPPONENT: at Pittsburgh Steelers

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

BETTING LINE: DAL -7

OVER/UNDER: 47.5

CLEVELAND BROWNS

RECORD: 0-9

DIVISION RECORD: 0-2

NEXT OPPONENT: at Baltimore Ravens

FINAL LINE SCORE

Team 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter Final
Dallas 7 14 14 0 35
Cleveland 3 7 0 0 10

DALLAS COWBOYS STATS

TOP PASSER: 

Dak Prescott– 21-27, 247 yards, 3 TD

TOP RUSHER: 

Ezekiel Elliott- 18 carries, 92 yards, 2 TD

TOP RECEIVER:

Jason Witten- 8 receptions, 134 yards, TD

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:

Maliek Collins- 3 tackles, 2 sacks

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jason Witten

PLAYER STATS: : 8 receptions, 134 yards, TD

The iron man of the Dallas Cowboys picked up where he left off against the Philadelphia Eagles by catching a touchdown on the first drive by Dallas’ offense. He also broke the franchise record for consecutive starts with 154 that was previously held by Lee Roy Jordan. Witten was wide open on several of his passes and was able to collect his first 100-yard game since 2013 against the Eagles.

CLEVELAND BROWNS STATS

TOP PASSER:

Cody Kessler– 19-27, 203 yards, TD

TOP RUSHER:

Duke Johnson– 5 carries, 30 yards

TOP RECEIVER:

Isaiah Crowell– 4 receptions, 63 yards

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:

Demario Davis– 7 tackles, 4 solo

DALLAS COWBOYS POSITION GROUP RATINGS

OFFENSIVE LINE: 10/10

This line continues to give Prescott all the time in the world and behind their superb blocking the Cowboys racked up 423 yards of total offense.

RUNNING BACKS: 9/10

Yet another great game by rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott who went into the end zone for 2 touchdowns and was just eight years shy of a 100-yard rushing game. While he did have some trouble early on against the Browns’ defensive line, he got going later on and ended up with another amazing performance.

QUARTERBACKS: 10/10

Dak Prescott bounced back in a big way after the Eagles game by completing 78% of his passes by going 21-27 and also throwing three touchdowns in the redzone. He shredded the Browns secondary and finished with a 97.2 QBR.

GAME ANALYSIS

Dak Prescott came off of his worst game to date as a starter and he received just what the doctor ordered: the Cleveland Browns. Prescott had a stellar game only missing six passes and throwing for three touchdowns. Granted, he was going up against a very inexperienced Browns defense that has been historically bad this season, but nonetheless, he still put up great numbers for a rookie quarterback. Prescott also now owns all of the rookie quarterback records for the franchise and will only continue to add to those numbers as the season progresses. Ezekiel Elliott did not get 100 yards rushing this game, but he was still able to punch in two touchdowns in front of a neutral crowd with plenty of Dallas’ jerseys in Elliott’s homecoming to Ohio.

The Browns, on the other hand, continued their losing streak and losing ways by not only allowing the Cowboys offense to go up and down the field and score on multiple opportunities, but by also letting the Dallas defense to control them. Dallas only allowed 10 points in the first half and kept the Browns off of the scoreboard entirely in the second half. Dallas’ defense also continued their streak of not allowing a 100-yard receiver or 100-yard rusher in a game.

CLEVELAND BROWNS POSITION GROUP RATINGS

OFFENSIVE LINE: 5/10

The Browns offensive line continued to struggle against a dominating Cowboys defense. While they managed to put together a couple of decent drives for the offense which resulted in 10 points, they under-performed, as usual. The o-line allowed 4 sacks, 6 TFL, and 7 QB hits on the day.

RUNNING BACKS: 5/10

The Browns just could not get the rush game going. They ended the game with just 45 yards on 13 attempts and Crowell netted a mere 4 yards on 6 carries. The lone bright spot for the running back group was not their running but their catching; Crowell ended up leading the team in receiving averaging 15.8 yards per catch.

QUARTERBACKS: 7/10

Cody Kessler did the best he could do behind a porous offensive line. He completed 70% of his passes and threw for 203 yards. However, he was sacked four times and the lack of blocking made it hard for Kessler and the offense to put together the meaningful drives needed to keep up with Dallas.

*Jacob Gurney collaborated on this article.

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