The Miami Dolphins fought hard to remain in the game, however, once the Cowboys woke up, the rout was on as Dallas beat down Miami 31-6.
It seems to be a trend for the Cowboys defense to start a game out by raising the blood pressure of the entire fan base. Sunday was no different as Josh Rosen found Davante Parker for 40-yards on an absolutely insane catch which also drew some dirty laundry on Chidobe Awuzie.
Davante Parker makes a one handed snag despite being tugged on pic.twitter.com/DgYhLc1gWa— Sports Gifs & Videos (@Supreme_gifs) September 22, 2019
It’s amazing that we haven’t heard anything about Chido seeing a sports psychologist after all the bad luck he has had with covering the deep ball over the past few years. What do you say to a guy that gets “Mossed” even when he keeps the coverage so tight? Poor Chido, indeed.
Chidobe Awuzie is always *around* the ball. But for whatever reason, the other receiver often ends up with it. He's on the unlucky end of more great catches than any DB I can remember.— Or Moyal (@OrMoyal) September 22, 2019
Luckily the Dolphins seemingly have worst luck than Awuzie and the damage is nullified:
No harm done after the long completion to Parker, as Jason Sanders misses from 47.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 22, 2019
Cowboys' offense is starting in great field position, on their own 37.
Was it a conspiracy in support of the #TANKFORTUA initiative?
*FG Time*— Rob Proffitt (@BreakinDownFilm) September 22, 2019
Coach: “FG TEAM!!!”
*Jason Sanders starts to run on the field*
*Coach grabs Sanders by the arm*
Sanders: “Yes, Coach?”
Coach: “We are getting Tua”
Sanders: “Say no more.”
*Misses Field Goal* #FinsUp
On the Cowboys first possession, Amari Cooper shakes Xavien Howard within seconds on a 37-yard gain:
Unfortunately for Dallas, the receivers seemed to be mourning a temporary loss of Michael Gallup as they struggled to get separation early in this game. Dak Prescott with back-to-back incompletions to Devin Smith and Jason Witten leads to a Brett Maher sighting as Cowboys draw first blood:
Cowboys stall in the red zone, so they're 4-of-6 on the year.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) September 22, 2019
Brett Maher hits the 28-yarder and it's 3-0, Dallas.
On the ensuing Miami drive, the stadium goes silent after this huge hit on former Cowboy Allen Hurns by current Cowboy Jeff Heath.
Hurns would leave the game and not return as he entered the concussion protocol. Folks were perplexed as to how this hit wasn’t flagged. A second look shows Heath making a play on the ball and the collision, though vicious, is very legal in the NFL. Maybe not a flag but I would wager Heath’s pockets will be lighter this week.
Jeff Heath’s hit knocked Allen Hurns out of Sunday’s game & gave his former teammate a concussion. Heath sent Hurns a text to let him know he “hated the outcome of the play” and was “thinking about him.”— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) September 23, 2019
Two plays later, Miami punts it back to Dallas. After Dallas picks up a holding call on Tyron Smith, we get two more incompletions and the Cowboys offense seems to be asleep at the wheel facing 3rd and 20...
That is until Dak Prescott lofts one to Ol’ Reliable, Mr. Gold Jacket himself, Jason Witten, for an unreal conversion:
A couple of nice runs by Ezekiel Elliott get the Cowboys to the Miami seven and Amari Cooper finishes the job as only Cooper can do with a fiery route. Cowboys lead climbs to 10-0.
This route from Amari Cooper is just being mean to the CB.pic.twitter.com/DVGulydjAG— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) September 22, 2019
Just before the end of the quarter, Josh Rosen dusts off the old flea-flicker and Preston Williams makes the catch inside the Cowboys 20:
Dolphins Run a Flea Flicker and Rosen Drops a Dime pic.twitter.com/KU6zxvbkOb— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) September 22, 2019
The Cowboys defense clamps down though as the Dolphins can only come away with three points. The struggles for Miami are very real.
As the Cowboys offense trots back out there, Dak Prescott gets a little greedy with all the time in the world, you just can’t make throws like this and Prescott knows it...
Even the worst secondaries will pick you off on layups like that one. Dallas gets lucky that it doesn’t cost them anything as the Dolphins go three-and-out in record timing. The Cowboys also can’t move the ball and are forced to punt it back.
The Dolphins put together a threatening drive as the Cowboys defense had little to no answer for Preston Williams in between the 20’s.
Facing a 3rd and 4 at the Cowboys 15-yard line, Chidobe Awuzie refuses to allow Williams to tie this ball game with amazing effort to poke this one out.
Still can’t decide if this is a catch. Preston Williams catches it, gets 2 feet down. Chidobe Awuzie punches it out. Brian Flores should have challenged. pic.twitter.com/WP4GvyiOp1— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) September 23, 2019
The Dolphins again settle for the three when they desperately needed six. Miami gets another shot right before the half. Missed tackles and plenty of penalties have the Dolphins in the red zone once again.
A play after Jaylon Smith is called for defensive holding, he redeems himself with a forced fumble that DeMarcus Lawrence pounces on for a huge momentum swing:
$64M Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith forces Kenyan Drake fumble.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) September 22, 2019
$105M Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence recovers
Elliott pads his stats with three consecutive runs for 10+ yards as we go to halftime.
The Cowboys were a different team from the third quarter on as the offense started laying out haymakers. If not for a holding call Randall Cobb would have made the play of the game:
This was called back due to a (weak) holding call, but another dime to Randall Cobb for a 74-yard TD. pic.twitter.com/dUFdUg9v5v— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) September 23, 2019
Oh well. Back-to-back completions to Devin Smith and Cobb for a combined 55-yards sets up Amari Cooper for another end zone trip:
Up 17-6, pressure starts to build as Robert Quinn’s disruptive debut pays off with a sack:
From there, Dak Prescott’s third-quarter dominance is on full display as he completes 11 of 11 for 127 yards, a passing touchdown, and this nifty little keeper:
Just how dominant was the Cowboys quarterback? RJ, would you please educate the public?
Dak Prescott's third quarter against the Miami Dolphins:— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) September 22, 2019
- 9 attempts
- 9 completions
- 100% completion
- 137 passing yards
- 1 passing touchdown
- 1 rushing attempt
- 8 rushing yards
- 1 rushing touchdown
The final quarter, up 24-6, the Cowboys offense starts grinding out the Dolphins with a two-headed rushing attack. Soon after, Ezekiel Elliott has his fill once again:
Now, Tony Pollard decides there is still plenty of meat left of the bone as he eclipses 100-yards as well and adds the exclamation point to this rout:
On the defensive side of things, the pressure is too much for Josh Rosen as DeMarcus Lawrence spins this Dolphin right out of his cleats:
I still can't believe DeMarcus Lawrence actually pulled this off.— John Owning (@JohnOwning) September 23, 2019
Feints as if he's going to execute his euro step to cross chop sequence before hitting a great inside spin.
DLaw's in total control, as he expertly manipulated 61's pass set to set up the inside spin. #Cowboys pic.twitter.com/qDTiwT85co
The Cowboys put the boots to a bad team and that’s what they were expected to do. Though there are always things to clean up, let’s not start nitpicking over blowout wins and style points, save that for Saturdays. Go Cowboys!