With Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens back in the middle of the defense, they combined for 13 tackles, five of which were for a loss. The defense allowed 103 rushing yards and 4.7 per rush but it’s an improvement. They were able to force the 49ers to abandon the run early as they poured on the points. Hyde finished with 68 rushing yards and C.J. Beathard had 30 yards with one rushing touchdown. Look how effective Jaylon Smith is when he gets limited snaps:
That’s the kind of football the Cowboys want to play and by having their offense in sync, they were able to make the 49ers one-dimensional. That allowed the entire defense to come away with five sacks and two takeaways. It was a good day as the Cowboys had 12.5 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
With both Damontre Moore and Benson Mayowa made inactive, it was a huge chance for Charlton to finally do something in the regular season.
Now, the Cowboys are rolling in the sack department with 21 sacks on the year, ranking them sixth in the league. Taco Charlton has four tackles and zero of them are sacks. He’s just struggling to not continuously do the same spin-move that isn’t working. You can’t get as many snaps as he’s getting and walk away with nothing in a 40-10 whooping. Too often, Charlton gets knocked off his feet and that’s pretty darn embarrassing. The rookie has a lot to learn about rushing the passer in the National Football League.
For three straight games, Prescott has thrown three touchdown passes, two Cowboys’ Hall of Famers never did that in their careers. Prescott is having himself one heck of a slump, isn’t he? That last part was for all the media out there who wrote a lot of wasted words in the offseason. Dak Prescott has thrown for 14 touchdowns and has ran in another three on the season. He’s got over 1,400 passing yards and is second in total QBR at 78.1, Deshaun Watson is the only guy he trails.
Dak Prescott threw 3 TD passes, giving him 3 consecutive games with 3 TD passes. Tony Romo & Don Meredith are only other Cowboys to do same: pic.twitter.com/h2E1DotV0g— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 23, 2017
Dak’s passer rating is 98.2, where he currently sits at eighth in the NFL but that will likely climb as the season progresses. This game was a perfect example of how the Cowboys like to be on offense. Dak’s been terrific this season and continues to shine in this offense. He’s proven he can go toe-to-toe with the elite passers like Aaron Rodgers and that’s a tall task for a second-year quarterback. Take another bow, young man.
Dak Prescott has 7 career games with 3+ TD passes and 1 or fewer INTs. Only Dan Marino has more such games in 1st 2 seasons (9).— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) October 22, 2017
We’re really nitpicking here but Terrance Williams was a ghost on Sunday afternoon. He had three targets and zero catches. Williams had a potential touchdown in this game that may have been a little ahead of him but he’s got to make a better attempt to catch that one. Also, maybe it’s time to see more of Brice Butler?
Dak Prescott has a 154.4 QB rating when targeting Brice Butler, Per PFF. Highest in NFL among WRs with at least 10 targets— John Owning (@JohnOwning) October 24, 2017
Sunday was the fourth game of #Cowboys WR Terrance Williams' career in which he started and failed to record a reception.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 23, 2017
If the Cowboys offense is rocking and rolling like we just saw, nobody really cares about who gets the receptions. Terrance Williams is a really good run blocker but they need him to get looks opposite Dez Bryant. The disappearing act has been a trademark of his since he was drafted.
What more can you say about a guy who just had perhaps his best game as a Dallas Cowboy? Ezekiel Elliott punished the 49ers from the whistle and he was just incredibly fun to watch.
It's going to be a good day for Ezekiel Elliott fantasy owners. pic.twitter.com/v5sICDeS3U— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) October 23, 2017
On 26 carries, Elliott had 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns. In receiving, he had another 72 yards and a score, Elliott was feasting on the 49ers. Here’s the screen pass that was the exact play he burned Pittsburgh on last season:
All-22: Here is the 72-yard Ezekiel Elliott screen reception for a TD. pic.twitter.com/RzQzEXNXvk— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 24, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott is ready to unleash havoc on the field, this is what he’s done in the last month of the season:
In the past four games, #Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott has a total of 584 yards and 6 TDs.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 22, 2017
Honorable mention to Jonathan Cooper, who solidified his ownership of the starting left guard position.
Watch Jonathan Cooper (#64) on the pull bury his man to spring Ezekiel Elliott for a TD. pic.twitter.com/82sUGcqhdm— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) October 24, 2017
Kellen Moore’s Backup Status
Cooper Rush is active for the first time. Kellen Moore is inactive— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 22, 2017
CowboysNation, our prayers have been answered, Cooper Rush is the backup to Dak Prescott. Now, we’re uncertain as to why Kellen Moore wasn’t the guy released to make room for Mike Nugent but that’s another battle for another day. Kellen Moore has always been a smart quarterback but he just doesn’t have the skills. Cooper Rush saw some limited action at the end of this game but it’s a start. The only question is how long is Kellen Moore’s roster spot secure for?