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DAL 37, NYG 34: Cowboys Win Battle but Lose Dak Prescott to Major Injury

The finally won another game in 2020 and took sole leadership of the East with a 37-34 victory over the . But the good feelings are muted as was carted off the field in the third quarter with a major right ankle .

scored the 34-yard game winner, his third field goal of the day, after and led the team down the field with only 56 seconds left on the clock. Dalton went 9-of-11 for 111 yards after entering the game early in the third quarter.

Dallas had rallied to post a 24-20 halftime lead after being down 14-3 in the first quarter. Prescott had not put up his customary huge passing numbers yet, but he did score on his first career receiving touchdown off a fake reverse pass from .

Unfortunately, Dallas' first drive after halftime saw Dak go down on a designed run play. His foot got caught up under the leg of the tackler and he immediately clutched his lower leg. Prescott left and it's already being reported that he will have ankle surgery tonight.

The exact injury has not yet been disclosed.

The victory gives Dallas only their second win of 2020 but that's enough for first place in the horrid . Philadelphia and Washington both have just one win each and today's loss put the Giants at 0-5 on the year.

It's hard to have positive thoughts right now in the wake of Dak's injury, but this is why the Cowboys went with an experienced veteran like Andy Dalton over keeping as their backup . And at least for one afternoon, Dalton rewarded that choice by keeping the poised and helping put up just enough points to eek out the win.

Thankfully, even if Dalton has to start the rest of the way, he may still be the best QB in football's sorriest division.

Other Notes

  • had 91 yards and two touchdowns on just 19 carries. He looked like his old self, shedding contract and grinding out extra yardage with strength and effort.
  • After weeks of criticism, stepped up big today to lead the team in tackles, three for a loss, along with 1.5 . He looked more confident in his decisions and was getting to the ball much faster.
  • 's first sack of 2020 caused a fumble that CB returned for  touchdown. It was Dallas' first defensive touchdown since Week 9 of the , which was another fumble that returned all the way.
  • DT Trysten Hill was also carted off with a leg injury today. It's a tough blow as the second-year player was one of the few bright spots on . The type and severity of the injury have not yet been reported.
  • Today marked the first career starts for C and S .  The rookie is now playing while spends at least three weeks on . Wilson replaced a benched midway through last week's game and has now taken his spot on the .
  • The Cowboys will now prepare with Andy Dalton as starting QB for a Monday night game next week against the .
Jess Haynie
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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Erick English

Tough injury, feel sorry for the guy. He was having a career year!
Andy should be fine, he has alot of experience and he has a cast of options to throw too, as long as he dnt hv too many turnovers, we should be fine.

Cowboy Fan Ed

Erick we should be fine on offense but something has to be done in a hurry on the defensive side of the ball! I hope Dak has a speedy recovery! He is a the type of leader that every team would like to have! May The LORD be with him!

Todd

The Dak injury is horrible and I hate it for him. Very thankful to have Dalton to fall back on. This guy is no ordinary back up. The offense should be fine if they can protect him. Dalton has never had the cast around him that he does right now and I am excited to see what he does with it. Losing Hill was tough as well…if they can just survive a couple more weeks and stay at the top of the NFC east…the D is about to get some important healthy bodies back!

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