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Cowboys Improve To 3-1 After Defeating The 49ers

Cowboys improve to 3-1 BRUCE ADLER VIA FLICKR.COM


Cowboys Improve To 3-1 After A Road Win In San Francisco

The Cowboys were able to improve to 3-1 on the year with a big win week four. Despite Dez Bryant’s absence from the lineup, The Cowboys were able to get things going on offense and Dak Prescott had another strong performance Sunday.

Dak Prescott continued his streak of protecting the football. The rookie has played phenomenal thus far and hasn’t committed a single turnover through four games. He has kept Dallas in every game and hasn’t put the defense in any bad positions on the field. His ability to move the fall confidently without any costly plays has played a key role in delivering the Cowboys’ 3-1 record.

Prescott threw two more touchdown passes Sunday against the 49ers. Terrance Williams and Brice Butler were on the receiving end of the touchdown throws. Both passes were perfectly placed in tight windows that only gave the receivers the opportunity to make a play on the ball. Prescott wasn’t as efficient, but still completed 23 out of 32 pass attempts for 245 yards. As good as Prescott played Sunday, he had a great supporting rushing attack.

Ezekiel Elliott was able to improve his rushing total and rushing average once again with another big game. Elliott gained 138 yards off of just 23 carries. He was able to break off a huge 26 yard run as well. Elliott found his way back into the end zone this week as he was held without a touchdown score last week against the Bears.

With Elliott playing as effective as he has, he’s given the Cowboys’ offense a dimension they had in 2014. They have returned to being one of the leagues more elite rushing teams. With this success early in the season, it’s taken a great amount of pressure off of Prescott to make plays. He’s aware of his potent rushing attack and it’s helped him develop as a passer and how he makes his decisions.

Without Dez Bryant, the other Cowboys wide receivers were going to have to step up and make plays. They did exactly that on Sunday. Terrance Williams and Brice Butler were able to make a few plays down field. Jason Witten and Cole Beasley continued to make plays in the middle and on shorter routes. They were able to get open quick and give Prescott targets to find and that helped Dallas move the ball well on offense.

Cole Beasley saw his targets drop this week with only four throughout the entire game. He earned 66 receiving yards, however most of that came on one of the final plays of the game to put it away. Still, Beasley seems to be the go-to-guy for Prescott and this Cowboys offense. He finds ways to get open and move the sticks. He should continue to dominate the targets as Prescott progresses this season as a rookie.

The Cowboys showed they had resiliency and depth Sunday. They faced an early 14-0 deficit and didn’t panic. They were composed and stuck with their game plan to run the ball often. The receivers were able to make an impact on the field and put pressure on the 49ers’ secondary. With an effective running game once again, the Cowboys pulled off a great road win and find themselves in excellent shape to start the 2016 season. They improve to a 3-1 record and will continue the success on the ground.