The Dallas Cowboys lost their first game of the season Sunday against the New York Giants by a score of 20-19. The Cowboys struggled to convert in the red zone scoring just one touchdown on three attempts on a 8 yard run by Ezekiel Elliott. The defense played a lot better than people expected and that is a good sign for Cowboy fans.
Elliott and Dak Prescott had a lot of hype coming into Sunday’s game but both underperformed. Neither could establish much of a presence as Elliott rushed 20 times for 51 yards and a touchdown while Prescott completed 25 of 45 passes for 227 yards and no touchdowns. Dez Bryant also struggled to get anything going as he caught only one out of five targets for eight yards.
The Cowboys made some mental errors that definitely could have been avoided. Cole Beasley dropped a wide open pass from Prescott on a slant route that almost certainly would have given Dallas a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The Cowboys had to settle for a field goal that drive and lost a lot of momentum that could have helped them throughout the game.
Another costly play was when Terrance Williams caught a pass with 10 seconds left in the game. Instead of getting out of bounds, he made a move to the middle of the field and got tackled as time ran out. It would have been nice to see Williams get out of bounds so Dan Bailey could at least have had a shot at a game winning field goal.
The Cowboys look to get back on track this Sunday when they face their division rival, the Washington Redskins.