Here’s your Madden update on my franchise.
I entered Thanksgiving week with a 4-6 record (!) and coming off a two game stretch that Dak Prescott had thrown NINE interceptions. I can’t believe it; but he threw four in a 41-38 loss at Atlanta in the new Falcons stadium, including one that was crippling and lost the Cowboys the game.
In the following week, it was an absolute massacre in Dallas as the Eagles came in and beat the Cowboys up 55-6. The first half ended at 20-6 and then Prescott and the Cowboys were forced to abandon the run to try to get back in the game and throw the ball way too many times. The Eagles secondary played an excellent game and forced Dak into a career-worst five interceptions.
So fast forward to Thanksgiving week. The Los Angeles Chargers came to town with the Cowboys knowing they needed to run the table. The Cowboys got in an early 14-0 hole and had to battle back all day long. At the half, the Chargers led 17-14. From there they trailed 24-14 but charged back to take a 28-27 lead late in the game only to surrender a field goal to Los Angeles to make it 30-28.
Prescott finished 31 of 36 with 5 TD’s and one interception for over 350 yards in one of his greatest games ever. His touchdown strike to Cole Beasley with just over 2:00 to go made for an incredible finish, putting the Cowboys ahead 35-30.
The Cowboys knocked Philip Rivers out of the game on the final drive, but Kellen Clemens led the Chargers down the field and moved the chains. On fourth down from about the 25 yard line, he fired a strike to his receiver and it looked like the Chargers were going in for the winning score. Somehow, the Cowboys defensive backs converged on the receiver at the goal line and kept him out with :00 on the clock in what was a season-saving play for Dallas.
Dez Bryant caught two touchdowns with the second being an incredible leaping grab battling Josh Norman for his 75th receiving touchdown of his career.
The following week, the Cowboys hosted the Redskins on a Thursday nighter with both teams having a 5-6 record. The Cowboys controlled the game with Zeke Elliott and at one point late in the third quarter held a commanding 17-0 lead.
The Redskins at one point trailed 24-3 but the game was far from over. They clawed back with two ‘junk’ touchdowns to make it 24-17. The Cowboys prepared for an onside kick that never happened and Ryan Switzer made a rookie mistake, fair catching the ball at the one yard line and setting up more Dallas drama. With the Redskins stacking for the run, Prescott audibles twice to hit Jason Witten on consecutive throws for a first down that effectively ended the game.
Prescott hit Rico Gathers for his only touchdown pass of the game, and 25th of the season (he has 16 interceptions). He finished the game 28 of 31 for 227 yards. The Cowboys gave the ball to Elliot 24 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Bryant had 8 catches for 80 yards and Witten added 5 catches for 56.
The Cowboys sit at 6-6 with tough games at the Giants and at the Raiders on deck. They’ll have to run the table – with Seattle coming in on Christmas Eve to Dallas and then one would think that the division title will come down to the final weekend in Philadelphia where they could avenge the worst loss at home in franchise history.