The Dallas Cowboys are sitting at 1-1 after grabbing a crucial road victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in week two.

Avoiding falling to 0-2 was huge for the Cowboys, as far as percentages in making the postseason go.

It was not the prettiest of games by any means — at least through the air.

Dak Prescott threw for less than 250 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. Dallas only scored 20 points. The game script was the opposite of the previous week, where Prescott threw the ball nearly 60 times and shredded the Buccaneers defense up and down the field.

Prescott did not have a bad game. He completed 85% of his passes and largely had his way against the Chargers. However, the Cowboys did not have a ton of possessions and the Chargers’ two-deep safety look prevented any big chunk plays through the air.

Additionally, the run game was working extremely effectively. There was not much of a need to go away from it.


As of late, the Cowboys have needed to light up the scoreboard to have any real chance to win games. Prescott would be forced to throw for 400+ yards and multiple touchdowns. Anything less than that would result in a Cowboys loss more often than not.

In fact, Sunday was the first time since the 2018 season that the Cowboys have won a game while scoring less than 30 points. Dallas had been 0-17 before pulling out the victory over the Chargers. That is an incredible stat.

Dallas finding a way to win despite not have the explosive offensive game that we have become accustomed to seeing certainly provides optimism and confidence moving forward. The Cowboys did not have to rely on Prescott’s right arm to bail them out. They didn’t need to go score-for-score in a shootout.

Instead, the defense came away with timely turnovers and the running game was nearly unstoppable. Justin Herbert threw two interceptions, and Dan Quinn’s unit was able to bend but not break throughout the four quarters to give the Cowboys the opportunity to come away with the road win. That is a big positive in itself.

As for the run game, Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for 180 yards on the ground while scoring both Cowboys touchdowns in the game. Elliott was very effective, while Pollard added another dimension to the offense with his explosiveness. Having Zack Martin back on the field certainly helped make that possible.

The Cowboys proved that they can win in different ways. That has to be scary for defenses on the schedule. Dallas will beat you throwing the ball, and the Cowboys can beat you when turning to the ground game.

Road wins, especially against likely playoff teams, are never easy to come by in the NFL. It wasn’t the prettiest performance, but the Cowboys did what it needed to do in week two against the Chargers.

Against a strong run defense in Tampa Bay, the Cowboys aired it out and had a great chance to win that game because of it. Versus light boxes and a different defensive look from the Chargers, the Cowboys turned to the run game on the way to victory.

The Cowboys proved on Sunday that they can adapt and win in multiple ways.

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