The year is over and with it the Dallas Cowboys 2019 season. There will be no January football this time around as an 8-8 season leaves the Cowboys watching the playoffs from home. It wasn’t the year we were hoping for, but that’s now in the past as we welcome in the new year. Before we close the door on the 2019 season, let’s take a trip down memory lane as we look at the top ten moments of the year.
#10 - Gallup’s big day against the Redskins
Never has a 31-point blowout felt so feckless as we all watched the Cowboys season wind down by virtue of an Eagles win against the Giants. Despite a sluggish start, the team racked up a season high 47 points, completing the season sweep of the Redskins. It was an unfulfilling win to say the least, but it was still quite an impressive finish to the season for second-year receiver Michael Gallup who doubled his seasonal touchdown totals in one game.
#9 - Fast starts on Thursdays
Most of the air came out of the Cowboys 2019 season amidst a three-game losing streak against New England, Buffalo, and Chicago. Strangely, it was the game against the Patriots that was the closest as the Cowboys got smoked against the Bills and Bears - both games many expected Dallas to win.
While the games themselves were utter disappointments, at least the Cowboys were able to tease us for a moment by starting hot. The Cowboys, who had been notorious for slow beginnings to games this season, came out strong by scoring a touchdown on their opening possession in each of those games. They didn’t give us much else in those games, but they made us think a good performance was coming. Suckers.
#8 Keep fighting against the Packers
In one of the more frustrating games this season, the Cowboys offense put up 563 yards of offense in a losing effort against the Packers back in Week 5. Thanks to three turnovers, the Cowboys kept squandering scoring opportunities and at one point trailed by 28 points late in the third quarter.
But credit the team for continuing to fight. The offense kept at it and the defense made some big stops and kept them in the game. Dallas cut the deficit to 10 points and had a small chance of hope when they drove deep into Packers territory with two minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, Bret Maher shanked an easy 33-yard field goal attempt and that was all she wrote. It was still a gallant effort though.
#7 Amari’s toe drags against the Vikings
The Cowboys lost a heart-breaker at home to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10. The opportunity to win this game was there and it would’ve given Dallas their second three-game winning streak of the season, but they just couldn’t make the plays down the stretch. One guy who was making plays in that game was Amari Cooper. The Cowboys star receiver made a ridiculous toe-drag catch not once, not twice, but three times!
#6 Full throttle against the Lions
After the disappointing loss to the Vikings, the Cowboys regrouped with an impressive 509 yard performance on the road against the Detroit Lions. The win didn’t come easy as the Lions brought the fight that day, but thanks to some very nice plays by Tony Pollard, Michael Gallup, and Ezekiel Elliott - the offense kept humming.
#5 Prescott and Gallup’s impressive season debut
The Cowboys opened the season in impressive fashion with an easy 35-17 win over the New York Giants. In what would be a theme all season, Dak Prescott was airing it out, putting up over 400 yards passing for just the second time in his career. Dak added four touchdown passes without a pick as he ended the game with a perfect 158.3 passer rating.
In what ended up being a dangerous connection all season, Prescott looked Gallup’s way early and often. The second-year receiver caught all seven of his targets for 158 yards.
#4 Dak beats the Redskins in a variety of ways
After opening the season with a home win against the Giants, they Cowboys went to 2-0 with an impressive 31-21 win on the road against the Washington Redskins. Prescott was in rare form as he was making all kinds of plays in that game. Keeping things flying through the air, he connected on a bomb to Devin Smith. He also had a nice run on a RPO play where it looked as if he was looking to make contract with Redskins defender Josh Norman. Dak was out there throwing strikes as he connected on a career-high 87% of his passes in that game.
#3 Black cat comeback
Coming off a big divisional win against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys were looking to keep things rolling and sweep the Giants for third straight season. Things didn’t start off so great when Dak’s first pass of the game was intercepted. With a 9-3 lead, the Giants were moving the ball deep into Cowboys territory with a chance to take a commanding early lead. Then, the Cowboys luck suddenly changed thanks to an unlikely hero.
With five and a half minutes left in the half, a black cat ran across the field holding up the game. The Giants drive stalled, keeping them to just a field goal. The Cowboys then outscored the Giants 34-6 the rest of the way.
While the black cat gets all the credit, much of it goes to the nimbleness of the Cowboys players as they turned in some very impressive yards after the catch. Blake Jarwin, who the Giants always seem to have trouble tackling, gave the Cowboys their first touchdown of the game. Gallup showed his elusiveness with a nice hop, skip, and jump into the end zone. And Cooper turned a deep crossing route into a touchdown as he showcased his raw speed.
#2 Tony Pollard runs all over the Rams
The Cowboys 44-21 victory of the Los Angeles Rams was nice for a couple reasons. First, it served as a revenge game as this loss for the Rams put the kibosh on their playoff hopes. But more than that, it served as a reminder of just how good this team was when they were playing to their potential. The offense churned out 263 yards rushing as both Elliott and Pollard had 100-yard games.
While it was short-lived, this game injected a little life into the Cowboys season as it ended their three-game losing streak and gave fans some hope.
#1 Defense thrashes the Eagles
There was no bigger win this season than the Cowboys Week 7 victory over the Eagles. The Cowboys drew first blood, and even though both teams struggled throughout the season, the Cowboys always seemed a game in front of Philly in the divisional race and that was thanks to this big win against the Eagles.
The Cowboys defense set the tone as a couple turnovers early turned into a quick 14-0 lead. The Cowboys never let up and finished the game with a convincing 37-10 win.
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