Cowboys stay alive with 30-10 holiday win in New York


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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.

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Dallas finally posts a win without Zeke, beats Redskins 38-14 on Thursday Night Football


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[Dak Prescott Highlights]

On the final day of November in 2017, the Cowboys saddled up and finally won one as a team.

Dak Prescott hurt his hand early, the Cowboys built a 17-0 lead, Prescott battled and stayed in the game, the offensive line was as dominant as they’ve been all season long, Dez Bryant finally made some big plays; and Alfred Morris had a huge game on the ground. The Cowboys posted a 38-14 win and their season stays alive with some slim hopes for another week.

Ryan Switzer had a punt return for a touchdown. Dak Prescott hit beautiful touchdown throws to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. David Irving and Demarcus Lawrence got after Kirk Cousins. Washington is now 0-4 against the Dallas Cowboys the last two years in the best rivalry in football. Dallas is now 6-6, and get a wounded Giants team that is reeling next weekend with 10 days to prepare.

The Cowboys have to survive two more games without Ezekiel Elliott: at New York, and at Oakland. Then they get him back.

Dak Prescott had a bruised and swollen hand, and this won’t go down as one of the best games of his career by any means. He was 11 of 22 for just over 100 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran for 25 yards. But Prescott won the game and didn’t turn the ball over. The gameplan didn’t ask for him to do a lot more than he did. His receivers continued to not get open – it seemed.

His biggest throws aside from the touchdown throws was a 20+ yard strike to Dez Bryant on third down, and a short throw to Terrance Williams also to move the chains on a third down in which Williams was matched up against Josh Norman.

Demarcus Lawrence now has 15 sacks on the year. Dak Prescott has 18 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

Some minor game balls go to Jonathan Cooper who had a great game on the offensive line, Chidobe Awuzie looked like a big league cornerback. The Cowboys forced a couple turnovers that were huge in this game.

A Tough Thanksgiving

I haven’t gotten around to writing about the Cowboys blowout 28-6 loss at the hands of the Chargers on Thanksgiving.

Dak Prescott is in the midst of the worst stretch of his career. He threw back-breaking interceptions on Turkey Day and instead of leading the Cowboys back, he’s in the crosshairs of the media and fan base suddenly for the first time of his career. This of course is all coming on the heels of the blowout loss suffered to the Eagles. The Cowboys have failed to score a touchdown in three straight games for the first time in franchise history.

I didn’t get to really watch the game in detail; as I was battling two kids for most of the game. And that’s okay. It was nothing special. I was also battling a flu or something, so I didn’t eat a whole lot. It won’t go down as a memorable Thanksgiving. My family is getting smaller. Things are getting more lonely around the holidays.

Their season is on absolute life support. There’s no Zeke Elliott. It seems suddenly that Dak’s stardom has run short. They host the Redskins in Dallas on Thursday Night Football to try to put out this five alarm fire.

Dallas gets routed in Atlanta 27-7


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[Dallas Star Telegram]
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This game really sucked, and it felt predictable as can be. My birthday weekend didn’t yield a win for the Cowboys. At age 35, I’m winding down. My fandom for the NFL feels kind of forced at this point. Yet, I’m sitting here writing about a 27-7 Cowboys loss at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Dak Prescott was 20 of 30 for 176 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions through the air. He was sacked eight times on the day. He ran it six times for 42 yards and a touchdown that put Dallas up 7-0. Of course, this will always go down as the game that Adrian Claiborne had six sacks. That was more a product of Dallas’ starting left tackle Chaz Green and one of the worst games I’ve ever seen an offensive lineman play.

As the game wore onward, it became apparent and obvious that the Cowboys didn’t have an answer for the missing Tyrone Smith; and that Green was going to fluctuate what the Cowboys could do. Dallas could have won this game without Zeke Elliott – Alfred Morris got it going enough in this game that he was effective – but the Cowboys fell behind so far that they couldn’t run the ball.

When Atlanta pinned their ears back, there was no answer at Dak Prescott’s blindside. It’s a testament to him that he left this game without throwing an interception and without injury.

Other than that, awful game. The Cowboys were great for almost a month following their bye and now suddenly are at 5-4 and their season is on the line on Sunday Night Football against the team that is widely considered the greatest team in football at the present, the Philadelphia Eagles who are 8-1.

And as night falls on everything, there are multiple reports that other NFL owners may force Jerry Jones to forfeit the Cowboys. Unbelievably bad Sunday.

A league source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that multiple owners already have been discussing the possibility, which flows from Article VIII of the NFL’s Constitution & Bylaws. Specifically, Section 8.13 authorizes the Commissioner to determine that an owner “has been or is guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.” If the Commissioner believes the available sanction (a $500,000 fine) is “not adequate or sufficient,” the Commissioner may refer the issue to the NFL’s Executive Committee, which has the power to compel “[c]ancellation or forfeiture of the franchise in the League of any member club involved or implicated,” with a directive to sell the team.

Man, I am starting to hate the NFL.