The Dallas Cowboys rolled to an impressive 36-28 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium. Dallas dominated the game — especially the second half — before Carolina closed the gap late.
Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and the Cowboys offense hit on all cylinders against the Panthers’ impressive defense. Prescott threw four touchdowns and controlled the game, while Elliott ran for 143 yards and a touchdown versus the NFL’s top-ranked rush defense.
On defense, the Cowboys largely contained the Panthers’ passing attack until the fourth quarter. Sam Darnold ran for two touchdowns, but the Cowboys defense played very well in the second half. Trevon Diggs added two more interceptions to his league-leading five.
The biggest takeaway from the win is how dangerous the Cowboys offense is.
COWBOYS MAY HAVE MOST DANGEROUS OFFENSE IN NFL
Dak Prescott threw for just 188 yards on Sunday and CeeDee Lamb was basically a non-factor. Yet, the Cowboys cruised to putting up 36 points on the scoreboard in a third consecutive win. Keep in mind that the Panthers entered week four as one of the league’s best defenses.
The offensive line set the tone against a unit that had made life hard for opposing rushing attacks during the first three weeks of the season. Elliott ran for his longest run — 47 yards — since his rookie season. He looked like the Zeke that we had become accustomed to seeing earlier in his career.
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Prescott added 35 yards on four rushes — nearly nine yards per attempt. Pollard carried the rock 10 times for 67 yards. Dallas had no trouble running the football.
Out wide, Dalton Schultz again turned in a strong performance. He grabbed six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. Defenses are going to naturally be more focused on taking away Dallas’ receivers. That will open up opportunities for Schultz and Blake Jarwin — who also had a touchdown.
Lamb was held to just two catches for 18 yards, but Cedrick Wilson stepped up with two grabs of his own for 30 yards and a score. Amari Cooper added three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Even without Michael Gallup on the field, the Cowboys have so many different weapons to attack opponents with.
SO MANY WEAPONS FOR KELLEN MOORE
Kellen Moore has absolutely no shortage of weapons. That much is very clear. The Dallas Cowboys have not really missed a beat since losing Michael Gallup to injury and La’el Collins to suspension after week one.
Dallas grabbed a road win over the Los Angeles Chargers in week two before blowing out the Eagles and Panthers in weeks three and four. Prescott is playing some of the best ball of his career, the run game is reaching another level, and the weapons are making plays.
Dalton Schultz has totaled 12 catches for 138 yards and three touchdowns over the past two games. Cedrick Wilson has caught a touchdown two weeks in a row. Blake Jarwin joined in on the fun on Sunday. Amari Cooper is Amari Cooper. CeeDee Lamb is always a threat. Tony Pollard has carved out a nice role.
There are just so many weapons for the Cowboys to throw at opponents. Dallas can beat you throwing the ball, and Dallas can beat you running the ball. Prescott has been magnificent and the two-headed monster of Elliott and Pollard is difficult for any defense to contain.
The Cowboys are doing this without Michael Gallup or La’el Collins in the lineup — two very important starters. That makes this even more impressive. With the way the defense is playing, Dallas is a threat to any team in football.
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