It wasn’t the easiest of victories as the Detroit Lions put up a decent fight, but the Dallas Cowboys notched their sixth win, 35-27. Let’s look at this game through the lens of social media, shall we?
Such is the never-ending, reoccurring story-line for the Dallas Cowboys, a propensity to harm themselves. On the second play from scrimmage, Ezekiel Elliott fumbles the football, Lion’s ball:
Trey Flowers with the forced fumble recovered by Jarrad Davis pic.twitter.com/1n5ZAecApa— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 17, 2019
It’s the fourth time this season that the Cowboys have turned the ball over on their first possession of the game. Another troubling trend, it’s the third consecutive game where Dallas has made a costly mistake:
Starting field position for Cowboys opponents on their first possession of game.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 17, 2019
Week 9: Dallas' 8-yard line. Dak Prescott INT on first play. Led to Giants FG.
Week 10: Vikings' 47. Missed 57-yard FG. Led to TD.
Today: Cowboys' 25. Ezekiel Elliott fumble on 2nd play. Lions TD.
Just a few plays later, a former seventh-round pick, Bo Scarbrough, gives the Lions a 7-0 lead over his former team.
The Cowboys and Lions would trade three-and-out’s on their next possessions. Finally, the Cowboys offense starts moving the ball as Dak Prescott completes four of five passes to four different targets for 40 yards.
Yet, just as soon as the Cowboys start cooking at the DET-30, the drive is stalled by a penalty:
Two consecutive plays where the Cowboys are unable to snap the ball. First 12-men in the huddle and then blowing a timeout.— Michael Strawn (@LifeInCharts) November 17, 2019
This is pure incompetence and it's on the coaches.
After the setback, Prescott manages to complete two 10+ yard passes to get back on track, but sadly is sacked for a 10-yard loss on third down at the DET-2. Cowboys take the points with a Brett Maher field goal. Lions 7, Cowboys 3.
After forcing another three-and-out, the Cowboys get the ball back with a little over a minute left in the first quarter. Starting at the DAL-30, Dak Prescott wastes no time putting the Cowboys in position with a 23-yard deep strike to Michael Gallup. On 3rd-and-3, Prescott’s precision passing continues with a 14-yarder to Randall Cobb, Cowboys also pick up a defensive holding assist to end the quarter.
Facing a 3rd-and-5 at the DET-21, Prescott decides to get the elusive rookie Tony Pollard involved, good luck stopping him... touchdown! Cowboys take the 10-7 lead.
The Lions next possession is futile from the start, Robert Quinn’s explosive first step leads to the sack. Quinn now has 8.5 sacks on the season, a great bargain for a sixth-round pick:
Unfortunately, the Cowboys would stall on offense and the Lions’ came roaring back with a drive of their own. Thanks to a porous Cowboys special teams unit, Detroit began at the DAL-45.
Jeff Driskel eludes the Cowboys for a 10-yard run and Dallas would give the Lions an assist with an offside penalty by Michael Bennett. A few plays later, Lions would retake the lead on a QB-run. Really, Cowboys? Jeff Driskel?! Lions 14, Cowboys 10
With under six minutes until halftime, Dak Prescott launches the ball deep, hoping to draw the pass interference, Michael Gallup ups the ante. It’s a 41-yard catch, Cowboys say thanks but no thanks for the flag.
Gallup later said he had to make this play because he made a mistake on the route:
On that monster 41 yd catch #Cowboys WR Michael Gallup had 3rd and 9 to set up the Zeke TD...Gallup tells me “Honestly, I ran the wrong route.” Goes on to say “I made a great effort to catch the ball because I ran the wrong route and I wasn’t about to hear it on the sidelines. “— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) November 17, 2019
Two plays later, Ezekiel Elliott reclaims the lead for the Cowboys to make up for his early fumble. Cowboys 17, Lions 14
The Lions would punt the ball back with just under two minutes until halftime. Dak Prescott decided that’s plenty of time to pour it on. This drive will forever be the Randall Cobb drive as Prescott finds a wide-open Cobb for 49 yards.
Two plays later, Cobb would hold on through some brutal contact to extend the Cowboys lead to 10.
Dallas would pick up an unnecessary roughness on Cobb score and add an unsportsmanlike conduct on the PAT. With that loss assessed, the Cowboys would kickoff at the DET-35. We go to the half, Cowboys 24, Lions 14.
With assistance from the Cowboys defense, the Lions march right down the field thanks to a busted coverage:
Marvin Hall… Deep pass… Check✔️— Tori Petry (@sportstori) November 17, 2019
39-yards to put the Lions in the red zone #DALvsDET
Go figure that it takes the Lions' WRs until the 3rd quarter to hurt the Cowboys, and that it's ... Marvin Hall? Who does it.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) November 17, 2019
Quickly, the Lions get right back in the game with a touchdown to Marvin Jones. Cowboys lead is cut to three.
The Cowboys first possession of the second half starts where they left off as Dak Prescott completes a 33-yarder to Randall Cobb. Frustration follows with Prescott’s worst sequence of the game, three straight incompletions force the field goal unit to trot out. Brett Maher extends the Cowboys lead to six. Cowboys 27, Lions 21
The Lions offense puts forth some effort but their drive ultimately stalls at the DAL-43, Cowboys receive the punt at their own 16-yard line.
We get an Amari Cooper cameo appearance for two receptions and 31 yards on this drive. Cooper was limited in this game as he deals with a nagging knee injury.
On 3rd-and-8, at the DET-17, Ezekiel Elliott makes a heck of a play for the TOUCHDOWN.
Cowboys successfully add two more points with an assist from Tony Pollard. Cowboys 35, Lions 21.
That’s probably the best drive of the Cowboys’ season. Clutch plays, got everyone involved, creativity. And it (should) ice a game the Cowboys need against an opponent they should beat.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) November 17, 2019
Detroit would not rest as they battered the Cowboys defense for three plays of 20+ yard gains. A QB scramble by Jeff Driskel for 23, followed by a 21-yard catch by Danny Amendola, and this by Marvin Jones:
Lions 2-point conversion unsuccessful. Cowboys get ball back with 5:49 to play, up 35-27— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 17, 2019
For crying out loud, can we get some awareness in the secondary? Cowboys 35, Lions 27.
Of course, the clutch drive by the offense only carries weight if the defense does ... something better than that.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) November 17, 2019
Bad, broken plays all over the place.
The Cowboys elect to not try and bleed the clock but instead keep padding the passing stats. Though they ultimately go three-and-out, it’s nice to see them go for the jugular. The Lions will get one more shot at it with less than four minutes to play.
With no pressure, Driskel fires one deep to Kenny Golladay, who makes an absurd play that should have never been allowed:
I’ve seen this movie before. In this building, too ♂️— David Helman (@HelmanDC) November 17, 2019
Finally, when they need someone to step up defensively, the Cowboys pass rush comes alive with two straight plays to effectively end the game with a Dallas victory formation, kneel-down.
Maliek Collins and Michael Bennett doing work.pic.twitter.com/PnLwgSgpfQ— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) November 17, 2019
The story in this one, how about Dak Prescott?!
Dak Prescott against the Detroit Lions:— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) November 17, 2019
- 29 completions
- 46 attempts
- 63% completion
- 444 passing yards
- 3 passing touchdowns
- 116.6 rating
Additionally, it is Prescott's fourth career 400-yard passing game, second only to Tony Romo's five career games in franchise history.— Dallas Cowboys Public Relations (@DallasCowboysPR) November 17, 2019
Dak Prescott has thrown for 841 yards and six touchdowns last 2 games.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 17, 2019
Cowboys beat Lions, 35-27.