The Dallas Cowboys are rolling and look unbeatable. They were able to beat a very good Baltimore Ravens defense by a score of 27-17. This was Tony Romo‘s first game on the active roster as a backup to Dak Prescott. The Cowboys were forced to punt on their first four possessions, then they scored on their next five. Their record is now 9-1 and have won nine straight games for the first time in franchise history.
On the first drive of the game, Ezekiel Elliott broke the Dallas rookie rushing record set by Tony Dorsett in the 1977 season. He finished the game with 25 carries for 97 yards. Elliott is a very good, hard runner and rarely goes down after initial contact. It is hard to describe how much the rookie means to this team.
The Ravens defense seemed to get to Dak Prescott with ease for much of the game. He took some pretty bad hits this game that made Cowboys’ fans worried. Luckily, he was able to battle through the pain and throw for 301 yards and three touchdowns. He had his most completions in a game all season with 27 in this one.
Dez Bryant and Dak Prescott are starting to develop great chemistry. Bryant caught six of the eight targets Prescott threw to him for 80 total yards and two touchdowns. Bryant has three touchdowns in the past two games and is starting to make a big impact on the offense.
Bryant’s first touchdown was a four yard route where he posted up the defender like a basketball player. His big frame and long arms made that play possible.
Bryant’s second touchdown was just as good as his first. It was a deep slant route and Dez just muscled his way to the end zone.
Cowboys look to have found something promising in their sixth round draft pick, Anthony Brown out of Purdue. He has been able to hold his own the past few weeks and is getting a lot of playing time. I am excited to see how good he can be.
Another defensive player that has played well lately is J.J. Wilcox. He has had to fill in for the injured Barry Church and has played great in his absence. He is an extremely hard hitter and does not shy away from contact. He will need to continue his strong play as Church is expected to be out a few more weeks.
I want to give credit where credit is due to Steve Smith Sr. He is just the 14th player in NFL history to have 1000 receptions. His toughness is what he is most known for and his veteran leadership is a real plus for any football team. Another player part of the 1000 reception club is none other than current Cowboys player and future Hall of Famer, Jason Witten.
Other game notes:
- The Cowboys are the only team in the NFL to have 100+ rushing yards in every game this season
- The was Dez Bryant’s first multi-touchdown game since week 17 of the 2014 season
- The Cowboys came into the season expected to struggle with the pass rush, but they have recorded a sack in every game this year
- Cole Beasley has had 3+ receptions in every game and has had at least 53 receiving yards in eight of the nine games this season
- The games marks the eighth straight game the Cowboys have achieved 400+ total yards of offense (an NFL record)
- Dan Bailey surpassed Rafael Septien for most field goals made in team history
- This was the Cowboys’ first ever win against the Baltimore Ravens in the franchise’s history
The Cowboys will turn their focus to their Thanksgiving game against their division rival, the Washington Redskins. This game will mark the 50th year in a row the Cowboys have played on Thanksgiving.