In a game in which they hosted what might be the best team in the AFC, the Dallas Cowboys played their most complete football game of the season.
With their offense, defense, and even special teams units making big plays throughout the game, the Cowboys pulled away with a 28-17 win. The win improves the Cowboys to 5-3, and drops the Kansas City Chiefs to 6-3.
After a disastrous defensive effort allowed Tyreek Hill to score and end the half, Dallas came out slow to begin the third quarter. Though they allowed a quick touchdown and gave up their 14-3 lead, the Cowboys controlled the rest of the game in all phases.
Offensively, it was yet another impressive performance from quarterback Dak Prescott. When the Chiefs sold out to stop Ezekiel Elliott and this running game, Prescott made all of the necessary plays with both his arm and his legs. These plays helped to soften the Chiefs’ defense and give Elliott even more room to work, en route to a 93 yard rushing day.
Leading by 11 points and with enough time for a comeback remaining, Taco Charlton got his first sack of the season on a key third down. The very next play, Jeff Heath intercepted Alex Smith, and the rest was icing on the cake.
It was not all sunshine and roses, however, as both Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith were forced to leave the game early with injuries. Terrance Williams also got rolled up on and had to miss some game time.
With the way the Philadelphia Eagles are playing, this was a giant win for the Cowboys to keep pace with the NFC leaders. Now at 5-3 and with a matchup against Philly in two weeks, they seem to control their divisional destiny to a certain extent.
The Cowboys showed the mental toughness, resiliency, and grit which head coach Jason Garrett has been preaching for seven years. Despite a slow start to the season, Dallas is a very good football team, and is playing complete football at the moment.
Next week Dallas will visit the reigning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons in yet another key conference game.