The Cowboys sacked Eli Manning six times. The defense looked borderline dominant, and Dak Prescott set the tone early and closed out the game. He ran for 45 yards on 7 rushes.
Prescott finished 16 for 25 for 160 yards and a TD, along with no interceptions. His 64-yard strike to Tavon Austin opened up scoring.
Jaylon Smith had 10 tackles, one of his best games as a pro. Zeke Elliot added a touchdown run and went for over 70 yards.
Dallas for now; is alive and well at 1-1.
The Cowboys are working to talk Jason Witten out of retirement, per Pro Football Talk. It will be very interesting to see if they can get him to come back one more year. It would be tremendous if he does at this point, not only to give the Cowboys leadership; but to bring along the young stable of tight ends the Cowboys have on the roster for one more season.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the warrior in Witten still exists.
The 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. Pro Football Focus called the Cowboys finished draft ‘elite’ in terms of grades. Here’s who the Cowboys went with:
1 (19) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State, 89.8
2 (50) Connor Williams, T/G, Texas, 85.7
3 (81) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State, 92.1
4 (116) Dorance Armstrong Jr., Edge, Kansas, 78.5
4 (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford, 82.1
5 (171) Mike White, QB, WKU, 84.2
6 (193) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana, 85.5
6 (208) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State, 89.2
7 (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama, 75.6
I’m a little disappointed with the Cowboys; but I am interested to see what these guys do in pads. I especially like the Scarbrough pick late, so he probably doesn’t end up with much of a career based on me liking guys I’ve seen on Saturdays with some name-recognition.
I am regretful that the Cowboys didn’t grab a WR or TE early enough. I don’t think Gallup or Schultz are the answers. Then again, Jason Witten was a really good example of why you can’t just discount a player taken in the middle rounds.
I just think this draft leaves a built-in excuse for the Cowboys struggling in the passing game once again.
The Dallas draft is in the books, literally. The city did a great job of hosting by all reports. The fans were electric when I watched on Thursday night.
Jason Witten called it a career on NFL Draft Saturday (unofficially). It’s the end of an incredible era, and it leaves the Cowboys without a real leader in the locker room. I think this could be something that really hurts the 2018 Cowboys, even though admittedly I noticed that Witten had lost a step, and so did he.
Incredible read on Witten and the passage of time over at CBS Sports. He’s a certain Hall of Famer, retiring with 1152 catches; a Cowboys record that will never be broken in my lifetime.
It’s sad that a guy like Witten – a true Cowboy in every sense of the word – will never get to play on a Super Bowl Sunday. I hoped he gave it two more years, and think he could have regained some value and involvement with another lethal TE threat. He just couldn’t be the primary focus anymore.
He was the excellence of execution on a football field. The guy did everything perfect in terms of route running and had incredible hands to match his heart.
Witten was the guy so very responsible for Dak Prescott arriving on the scene. That was a special year in 2016 when I knew the Cowboys were going to become my team.
I’ll miss Sundays with Jason Witten. Another piece of my football life and youth gone by. America’s Team still exists, but it’s going to be hard to get used to it without Witten.
Only one Monday Night Football game, but the Cowboys get to open Jerry World in primetime in week two against the Giants. ESPN predicts a 10-6 for the ‘Boys after a 6-2 start.
I’m not a huge fan of this schedule – but I may get to see the Cowboys during the holiday season. They travel to Indianapolis in December, and if they’re in the playoff race and Dak Prescott is healthy; I’ll make that trip.
Gotta love that the NFL has made the schedule release an official event.
The Oakland Raiders and Jon Gruden host the Broncos in the Black Hole on Christmas Eve. There is only one Saturday during the regular season that the NFL will be in play. The Browns go to Denver, and Houston and Deshaun Watson go to visit the Jets. Both are oddly listed as 4:30 start times.
On the day I took my kids to breakfast with Santa Claus, Dak Prescott went into New York and went 20 for 30 for 332 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his career-high passing total, and he did it without Zeke Elliott, answering a ton of questions.
Prescott hit big plays to Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Rod Smith as well as a beautiful touchdown throw to Jason Witten. He continually made plays all game long under duress. He showed that he was the team’s best player on the field and with the game tied 10-10 late in the 4th, he rose above the play of Eli Manning and willed the Cowboys to a victory to keep their season hopes alive at 7-6.