The Dallas Cowboys lose to the Seattle Seahawks 31-38 in a game that came down to the very end. All week this game was hyped up to be a shootout and both teams delivered, unfortunately for Dallas it was all in a losing effort. Much like last week this was yet another game riddled with mistakes from all over this team. Untimely penalties, blown coverages, turnovers, and special teams woes kept this team chasing a lead for the entire game that they just could not catch.
Dak Prescott finished the game 37/57 passing with 472 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, one of which was a desperation throw on the final play. Prescott is now the first player in franchise history to throw for at least 400 yards in consecutive games and joins Jameis Winston as the only two players in NFL history to throw for at least 450 yards in consecutive games.
It was all Dak who kept the Cowboys in this game with terrible offensive line play and no run game to rely on from Ezekiel Elliott, who had just 14 carries for 34 yards and an early touchdown. However, he was not perfect today. He threw an interception right before halftime that led to a Seahawks touchdown and opened up the second half with a fumble that allowed Seattle to score another touchdown. Prescott played a great game, but hopefully he can clean up these little turnovers next week as this was his second straight game with a lost fumble.
The surprise of the game was Cedrick Wilson, who did not have a single catch coming into this game, exploding for five catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns. He made the absolute most of his opportunities and may have bought himself more playing time than he has been seeing. He was second on the team in receiving yards today behind Michael Gallup. Gallup ended the game with 138 receiving yards and came through in a major way in the second half with a 53-yard reception and a 43-yard reception that resulted in a touchdown.
Defensively it was the game that we all expected coming in. From the start this defense was just completely picked apart by Russell Wilson, who ended the game 27/40 passing for 315 yards and five touchdowns. Just bad defense overall and multiple plays with blown coverage allowed D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett each over 100 yards receiving respectively and four combined touchdowns.
It was not all negatives for the defense as Aldon Smith finished the game with three sacks and two TFLs. It is difficult to determine whether Aldon Smith playing better than any defensive lineman on this team after not playing for five years is a good or bad thing, but great for Smith nonetheless.
Trevon Diggs once again had himself a busy day as he made multiple plays for this defense, including not giving up on a deep pass he was burnt on to make a touchdown-saving forced fumble on D.K. Metcalf late in the first quarter. He also had a pass deflection deep in coverage on Metcalf later on in the game. The rookie second-rounder continues to impress in just his third career game, he has a lot of work to do of course but he looks very promising so far.
The Dallas Cowboys now prepare for a home game next week against the Cleveland Browns where a struggling offensive line will have to find a way to block Myles Garrett and a Browns defense coming off of a three sack performance against Washington. One can only hope that Tyron Smith will be good to go by then.
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