Dallas Cowboys end another game against a New York team with a one-sided blowout despite being a bit tougher this time around.
Once again, the Cowboys were able to rely on their aggressive defense and make just enough plays offensively to keep the game close.
Plays that may not be remembered, but were important to the final score are listed below.
The Cowboys made a questionable decision by taking the ball after winning the toss, so Dak scrambled to score a touchdown to make up for it. With a third-and-6 on the Jets 20-yard line, the Cowboys had a chance to score a touchdown, but Prescott made up for it with a 15-yard scramble to their 5. Three plays later, Jake Ferguson caught Prescott’s first touchdown pass of the season to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.
In the first play from the line of scrimmage, DeMarcus Lawrence knifed through the line of scrimmage to drop Breece Hall for a 4-yard loss. Talk about setting the tone for a game. The Cowboys knew they had to stop the run and make the Jets one-dimensional. From there, the Jets never established anything in the running game.
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When Sauce Gardner stepped in front of Prescott’s sideline pass, the Jets nearly got another pick-6 after the Jets seized the momentum after Garrett Wilson’s long TD pass. Rather than taking Gardner’s pick to the house, the Cowboys converted a third-down to KaVontae Turpin to score to take a 17-7 lead. Gardner dropped the pick that likely would’ve led to a go-ahead touchdown.
At third-and-goal from the 13-yard line, Dallas was on the brink of a field goal attempt when Prescott found Jalen Tolbert in the end zone for a touchdown. However, New York was penalized for pass interference on Brandin Echols, giving the Cowboys a 1st and goal just outside of the end zone. Prescott then connected with tight end Luke Schoonmaker for a touchdown and successfully completed a two-point conversion for an 18-7 lead.
The Jets opened the third quarter in a familiar position, struggling against the Cowboys’ defensive pressure. On the first play, Micah Parsons’ blitz forced Zach Wilson to throw quickly to Breece Hall for no gain. Hall then got handed off on the second play and was stuffed for a two-yard loss. This was followed by a false start penalty that left New York with an even bigger mountain to climb. As a result, they had to punt, providing Dallas with great field position and leading to another field goal.
Brandon Aubrey succeeded in his first big FG attempt, a 55-yard shot. This changed the game dynamics; though Mike McCarthy could have chosen to punt, he opted for the field goal instead. This risk paid off as Aubrey’s kick gave the Cowboys a commanding lead of 14 points and increased confidence in the rookie kicker. The Jets were denied the chance to gain good field position and would not have been given the spark they sought.