The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins 31-21 in Washington on Sunday. The Cowboys are now 2-0 for the first time in the Jason Garrett era. The Cowboys will face the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium Sunday night. The Dolphins have been outscored 102-10 in the first two games of 2019.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 111 yards on 23 carries after rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries in Week 1. The 164 rushing yards is the most Zeke has had in the first two weeks of the season in his career. That was Elliott’s 20th career 100-yard rushing game.
Dak Prescott completed his last 18 passes on Sunday including all 14 passes he attempted in the 2nd half.
Michael Gallup is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after undergoing surgery to trim his meniscus. Gallup was off to an impressive start with 15 catches for 226 yards.
Xavier Woods suffered a high ankle sprain Sunday and it is unknown how long he will be out. It was initially reported that he would be out 4-6 weeks but the Cowboys do not believe it is that severe.
Tavon Austin did not practice again on Wednesday after suffering a concussion in Week 1. Antwaun Woods is considered day to day with a knee injury.
After being inactive the first two games of the season, Taco Charlton was waived by the Cowboys on Wednesday. The 2017 first round pick was never able to find his footing with the Cowboys. Rod Marinelli was reportedly “fed up” with Taco even after his strong training camp and preseason.
Devin Smith filled in for Austin Sunday in Washington and caught 3 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. His biggest play was the 51 yard touchdown to get the Cowboys on the board. Smith is expected to play a major role in the offense while Gallup is sidelined. The 51 yard pass is the longest of his career.
Dak Prescott is off to an unbelievable start in 2019. In the first two games of the season, he has completed 82.3%(51-62) of his passes with 7 touchdowns. Of those 11 incompletions, four of those have been considered drops. Dak also rushed for 69 yards Sunday, which moved him into third place all-time in Cowboys history for quarterback rushing yards .
Overall, the secondary has been the strongest part of the defense through two games. Byron Jones returned to the starting lineup on Sunday, Chidobe Awuzie is playing the best football of his career and Jourdan Lewis has been fantastic. On the other hand, Anthony Brown has not been as good especially when it comes to tackling.
Jaylon Smith / Cowboys Pass rush / Lack of takeaways
After the game, Jaylon Smith called out his defense saying that they were not creating enough pressure or takeaways. Demarcus Lawrence said one sack is not their standard and they need to be in the quarterbacks face every time he drops back.
Byron, Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods all had opportunities to intercept the ball Sunday and let it slip through their hands or in Heaths case, bounce off his helmet.
Jaylon Smith found himself out of position on Paul Richardson’s touchdown on Sunday.
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