The Dallas Cowboys entered their week 4 matchup against the Detroit Lions with many questions to answer. The offense and the coaching staff have been under immense scrutiny to begin the year. Against Detroit, the team responded with a thrilling 26-24 victory. Let’s take a look at how the Cowboys improved to 2-2:
Downfield Pass Attack is Back:
Dallas came into week 4 with one of the worst passing offenses in the league. Dak Prescott and Co. have struggled to get anything going heading into today. Prescott, Jason Garrett and Scott Linehan have been ripped apart by the national and local media for their ineptitude. Sunday was a step in the right direction. Prescott looked more confident in the pocket, and completed several chunk plays. While not a truly remarkable showing, Prescott positioned his team to win on a last minute drive to set up the game-winning field goal.
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Zeke Gets Fed:
Ezekiel Elliott has been surprisingly underutilized to begin the season. Entering today, the running back had yet to receive 20 carries this season. That changed against the Lions. Zeke carried the ball 25 times for 152 yards. Elliott also had a great day in the air, as he reeled in 4 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. Elliott’s 240 total yards were a career high for the former Buckeye, and a needed shot in the arm for the Dallas offense.
Dallas Cowboys Through 1st Quarter of Season:
After 4 games, the Cowboys are sitting at 2-2. While the offense has had its ups and downs, the defense has shown well under Kris Richard and Rod Marinelli. There are definitely areas where the team can improve. However, there is still a lot of season left. While a loss would have turned the heat up on Jason Garrett, his coaching seat remains lukewarm for the time being. We’ll see if Dallas can get their first road win of the season next week, as they travel to Houston to face the Texans on Sunday Night Football.
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