With the help of five turnovers in the second half from the Lions, the Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points to close the door on any upset some thought may have been brewing.
After looking like a junior-varsity team on offense and letting the Lions move seamlessly in the first half — both personnel groups made a statement to start the second half.
On the Detroit opening drive, quarterback Jared Goff launched it downfield and ball-hawk cornerback Trevon Diggs got an interception, which led to the Dallas offense driving the field and finally putting some points on the board.
It was good to see Ezekiel Elliott find the end zone twice in the second half, a much-needed effort after he was banged up early in the game.
Elliott finished with 57 yards on 15 carries. Tony Pollard added to the mix producing 83 yards on 12 carries.
Dak Prescott made his return for the first time since the injury in week one. He shook the rust off and played well enough in the second half with the help of the rushing attack and stellar defense to win the game.
He needs to improve, we all see that, but he settled in and did enough in his first start since opening night to close the game in the second half.
The defense did their thing again and created five turnovers, that allowed them to continue to run the ball and open up easy throws for Prescott.
The Cowboys are 5-2, and at the end of the day, guess what? That is all that matters.
Plenty of work is still needed to be done, and I’m not going to harp on all things negative right now, because they are winning football games they normally lose.
A few players got a little banged up throughout the game, including Jourdan Lewis; that is an injury they need to keep an eye on going forward.
The Cowboys are at home again next week against the Bears, then roll into the bye week and have a real chance to be sitting pretty moving into maybe the most challenging part of their schedule.