The Boys Are Back
The Dallas Cowboys talked about this all through the week. How do we respond to the beating we took in Denver? How will we compete in a road game against the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night?
Teams with young players at key positions, even teams that were 13-3 last year, face measuring-stick games. For the Cowboys, the team they had to measure up against was themselves.
After a slow start, the Cowboys played powerfully in the fourth quarter in Glendale, Arizona, and defeated the Cardinals 28-17.
Second-year quarterback Dak Prescott passed for 183 yards and one touchdown and ran for another. Second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 80 yards on 22 carries (that number is inflated by a 30-yard burst, but they all count). And DeMarcus Lawrence, the fourth-year defensive end, sacked Carson Palmer a career-high three times as part of a pass rush that dumped the veteran quarterback six times.
“Last week we got hit in the mouth pretty good,” Prescott told ESPN after the game, referring to that 42-17 rubout by the Broncos. “It was important for us to come back this week, prepare the right way, and do the things that we needed to do to get a win.”
The Cowboys (2-1) broke a 14-14 on Prescott’s 37-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler. After an Arizona field goal narrowed the lead to 21-17, Elliott scored on an 8-yard run with 4:57 left after a 53-yard pass play. The Cowboys forced a punt on the next possession by the Cardinals (1-2) and the game ended with Arizona on the Dallas 2-yard line but too far behind for that to mean anything.
The Cowboys set a goal for themselves and they achieved it. They were hardly perfect, but they hustled and competed, two elements lacking in the Denver loss.
The Boys are back in town.
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