What a difference a year can do.
The Dallas Cowboys had three 30-point games all of last season. In their first two games of 2019, it’s been their only way of going about things.
Dak Prescott improved to 6-1 all-time against the Washington Redskins following a 31-21 victory at FedEx Field Sunday afternoon. Prescott was nearly perfect, again, going 26-of-30 for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliot compiled 111 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.
The Dallas offense began the game much like their week 1 bout against the Giants. Their first three drives ended in two punts and a tipped interception as they were shutout in the opening quarter. However, in similar fashion as week 1, the Cowboys’ next five possessions would see them score four touchdowns and a field goal.
The Cowboys first possession of the second quarter began at their three-yard line. Up until that point, the offense had been completely neutralized. And with 97 yards ahead of them, it seemed unlikely this would be the drive to get the offense rolling.
The offense didn’t even get to a third down. On 2nd-and-7, from the Dallas 49, Prescott caught the defense on play-action and bombed it to wide receiver Devin Smith on 51-yard touchdown score.
The game sat tied midway through the second.
On their final drive before the half, the Cowboys went back to their essence. An 11-play, 83-yard drive that melted nearly five minutes off the clock. After a few short passes to start the drive, Prescott electrified the stadium on a 42-yard run from a read-option fake to Zeke. A few plays later, Prescott would find Jason Witten on a two-yard pass for his second touchdown of the season.
Dallas carried a 14-7 lead into the half.
Momentum stayed with Dallas as they opened the third with the ball. Prescott would open the drive connecting with his seventh different receiver on the day, Amari Cooper. Eight plays later, the Redskins would watch Cooper finish off the drive on a 10-yard curl route.
Washington would respond on their next possession with an 11 play, 75-yard, touchdown drive of their own.
Dallas would end their next drive with a Brett Maher 25-yard field goal.
Down 24-14, the Redskins felt the pressure of needing to make something happen. After an incompletion to Trey Quinn, Washington was faced with a 4th-and-3. They decided to go for it sitting on the Dallas 46. But pressure from the Cowboys defensive line caused Case Keenum to make a rushed throw to Chris Thompson that fell incomplete.
Already set up near midfield, the Cowboys began putting the final nails in the Redskins coffin. 6 of their 10 plays were handoffs to Elliott. It was apparent Washington’s defense was fatigued as the Cowboys continued to wear on them.
And from two yards out, Zeke would cap off the drive with a touchdown straight up the middle.
Washington would find the endzone one more time in garbage time, but Dallas melted the final 2:17 off the game clock on their final possession.
The Cowboys improved to 2-0 and will look to secure their third win against a struggling Miami Dolphins team next week.
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