After being down by as much as 20 points in this game and 15 points in the fourth quarter, the Dallas Cowboys manage to pull off a miraculous comeback to defeat the Atlanta Falcons 40-39. Four first quarter fumbles, three lost, along with great offense from Atlanta helped put this team down 20-0 very early. Outside of those horrible early turnovers, this offense played very well.
They ended the first half with two long drives and 10 points and kept that going out of halftime protecting the ball and scoring 30 more points. They were able to bring this game down to an improbable onside kick and, through major error by the Falcons special teams, were actually able to recover and win the game with a 46-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein.
Dak Prescott played an amazing game finishing 34/47 passing with 450 yards and four total touchdowns, three of which were rushing touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott had a solid rushing day of 22 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. This seems like a lower total than what we are accustomed too from Zeke, but he did very well considering the banged up offensive line did not do a whole lot to help him out against a stout Falcons front.
The stud rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb records his first ever 100 yard receiving game in just his second career game in the NFL and had a big catch and run after the onside kick to set the Cowboys up for the game-winning field goal. He finished with 106 yards on six catches, which led the team with Amari Cooper behind him who also had a 100-yard day.
One of the biggest surprises of the day was how good of a game Dalton Schultz played in place of the injured Blake Jarwin. After having just one catch and two drops in last week’s game against the Rams, Schultz ended this game with an impressive nine catches for 88 yards and a touchdown. He proved a lot of fans wrong in this game, including myself, and showed that maybe we do not need to bring in a new tight end after all.
Defensively it was predictably more of the same from last week’s game. To be fair, they were put in terrible situations early from all of the fumbles, but they did not have a great game by any means. They surprisingly managed to keep Julio Jones in check but they did not have an answer for every other weapon on that offense, especially Calvin Ridley who had seven catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns.
So many times in this game they had opportunities to get off the field on third and fourth downs but just could not stop the Falcons from moving. A very noticeable part of that game was just how much time Matt Ryan had in the pocket. Pass rush was almost non-existent and gave Ryan all the time he needed to move the chains each drive until the final drive when Everson Griffin finally brought him down for his first sack as a Cowboy.
On a brighter note, Trevon Diggs much like last week was around the ball a lot in this game and made a few key plays. It was not a perfect game by any means as he was beat a few times by Jones and Ridley and dropped an interception along with Daryl Worley, but he is showing that with time he could turn into this teams top defensive back.
All in all this was a game that played with everyone’s emotions to the very end. Games like this can make a team and break another, and hopefully the Cowboys can use this to get into the rhythm they desperately needed. They were able to just narrowly avoid the dreaded 0-2 start, but they could have an even tougher time avoiding a 1-2 start as they must shift their focus to next week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. With how this Dallas defense has played so far this season through two games, one can only imagine how Russell Wilson is going to make them look in week three.
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