ARLINGTON – The Dallas Cowboys got back in the win column Sunday afternoon with a 43-3 over the Atlanta Falcons.
431 yards of total offense and 43 points was enough to make skeptics and fans forget about the last time the Cowboys walked onto the field of AT&T Stadium. By halftime, Dallas already held a commanding 36-3 lead at halftime, which was enough to reinforce that they were one of the top five teams in the NFC.
CeeDee Lamb capped off their first drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott. Atlanta responded with a field goal of their own and even forced Dallas to force on their next possession. However, set up on Dallas’ 32-yard line, Atlanta chose to go for it on fourth-and-seven instead of settling for a 49-yard field goal. That decision turned out to be a pivotal turning point in the game as they not only were unable to convert but quickly shifted momentum back into Dallas’ favor.
The Cowboys went on to score four touchdowns before the half. The first coming on a one-yard touchdown run from Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott found the endzone once more on their next possession from two yards out. Their third touchdown came on a beautiful nine-yard dime from Prescott to Lamb. Final punctuation was placed on their best half of football this season by a blocked punt that resulted in a touchdown by Nashon Wright.
Cowboys added one final score on a four-yard run from Prescott in the third quarter before inserting Cooper Rush to close out the final 15 minutes.
A key storyline entering the game was Dan Quinn getting the chance to face off against the team he formerly coached for five years. The extra motivation in his defense showed as each of their starting cornerbacks came away with interceptions. First was Anthony Brown, followed by Trevon Diggs – who recorded his eighth interception of the season – then was Jourdan Lewis.
Dallas will turn its attention to the Kansas City Chiefs (5-4) next Sunday who have climbed out of their sub .500 start to the season.
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