Sometimes a team is just better.
The Dallas Cowboys dominated the New York Giants, 35-17, in their home opener Sunday afternoon. The win presented a lot “Moore” offense than the team had been accustomed to as Dak Prescott was 25-of-32 for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
For as much conversation as Ezekiel Elliott generated up until this game, he had a quiet afternoon. A third-quarter touchdown highlighted his 13 carries, 53-yard performance.
However, as rare as it may be, his pedestrian performance was still more than enough for the Cowboys to secure their first win of the season.
Dallas only needed one “warmup” drive to get going. After punting their first possession, and watching the Giants get the first touchdown of the game, the offense reeled off an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive midway through the first quarter.
There was already a noticeable difference in playcalling and confidence during the Cowboys’ first possession. Dak Prescott certified that when he found tight end Blake Jarwin streaking down the middle for a 28-yard touchdown.
As the Cowboys’ defense began to find its momentum, the offense continued to pour into the Giants talent-deficient defense. An 8-yard catch from Cobb turned into a 14-yard highlight when he stiff-armed a defender to the ground to set Dallas up on the NYG four-yard line.
A play-action boot to the right side would see Prescott connect with Jason Witten on a short dump off to put Dallas on top, 14-7.
The defense would force another punt from the Giants and give the Cowboys a chance to extend their lead with six minutes left before the half. A few intermediate passes to Michael Gallup and Cobb pushed the offense into enemy territory.
A few plays later, Prescott would float a dime into Amari Cooper’s arms over the opposing corner for a 21-yard score. It would be a familiar sequence all game long as Cooper finished with six receptions for 106 yards.
The bleeding would not stop after halftime.
The Cowboys marched down the field in three plays on their first possession of the second half. A 45-yard completion to Cooper ignited the drive, while Cobb finished it off with a 25-yard touchdown catch down the middle of the defense.
After finishing their first drive with a field goal, the Giants offense looked as if it would pick up steam. However, already inside the red zone, DeMarcus Lawrence brought an end to any scoring opportunities when he dashed after Eli Manning to force a fumble.
A few plays later, Prescott would hit Gallup in stride on a slant down the middle in of the field. Gallup sprinted for another 45 yards before being brought down on a 62-yard completion. The electric play was apart of Gallup’s seven reception, 158-yard day.
Elliott would punch it in the endzone from 10 yards out three plays later. Placing a cap on an impressive offensive showcase from offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Prescott.
The Cowboys will be on the road next Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Kickoff is at noon.
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