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DAL 35, PIT 30: Cowboys Reach 8-1 Behind Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys Headlines - Ezekiel Elliott Leads the NFL in Rushing, And Is Just Getting Started

Game Notes

DAL 35, PIT 30: Cowboys Reach 8-1 Behind Ezekiel Elliott

You already knew that Ezekiel Elliott is the front-runner for the Offensive Rookie of the Year. With 209 total yards and three touchdowns today, Elliott showed why he may belong in the MVP discussion.

Cowboys Headlines - Ezekiel Elliott Is Probably Better Than Emmitt Smith, and the NFC East Is Noticing 1The Cowboys’ star running back found the endzone twice in the fourth quarter, out-dueling Le’Veon Bell as he led Dallas to an 8-1 record. Elliott had a career high with 95 yards receiving, most of which came on a single 83-yard sprint for a first-quarter score.

The lead changed seven times as the Cowboys and Steelers traded hits and misses all day. The Steelers will look back on several failed two-point conversions as the potential cause of their loss.  Dallas overcame an early Dak Prescott fumble and some bad penalties to stay in the game and give Elliott a chance to carry them home.

Other Notes

  • Playing the day after his father died, Dez Bryant had a big game. Dez brought in six catches for 116 yards, with none bigger than a 50-touchdown strike. Dez went away from his usual “Throw up the X” celebration and pointed to the sky, clearly emotional as teammates rallied around him.
  • The Steelers were clearly focused on attacking rookie cornerback Anthony Brown today. The sixth-rounder did about as well as you could ask him to against the best WR in the game, but Antonio Brown still had a big day with 154 yards and a touchdown on 14 catches. The number is a little inflated by the Steelers’ final drive, but Browns was still dominant throughout the game.
  • DeMarcus Lawrence got his first sack of 2016 and blew up a running play in the backfield. It was the first game where he really looked like he was playing fully healthy, and the results were evident.
  • Byron Jones just can’t seal the deal on turnover opportunities.  After dropping a potential interception last week, he had an easy fumble recovery today that he tried to scoop up and bobbled out of bounds. The second-year safety is a great player, but he’s still waiting on his first turnover this year.
  • Dan Bailey went 3-for 3, including a 53-yarder, to help the winning effort. If not for Elliott’s winning touchdown run, he was in great position to win the game himself.
  • Lucky Whitehead broke loose for a 39-yard punt return to set the Cowboys up near midfield, trailing 18-16. He was rewarded with Dez Bryant’s touchdown catch.

Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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