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Cowboys Display Team Stability In Road Victory Over The Browns

The Cleveland Browns hosted the Dallas Cowboys week nine of the 2016 NFL season. The Browns were in a perfect position to play the upset card, however they were no match for the top team in the NFC. The team stability in which the Cowboys possess was on full display in Cleveland. The Cowboys came into Cleveland and punched the Browns in the mouth with a physical and overwhelming game plan. The Cowboys improved to 7-1 on the season with a 35-10 win over the Browns. This victory makes it seven in a row for Dallas as they continued to pour onto the Browns‘ miserable 2016 season.

The Browns started the game with energy and determination by striking first. The opening possession was capped off with a field goal by Browns kicker, Cody Parkey. However after this drive, the game quickly flipped. The Browns struggled to get much going most of the first half following their opening drive score. They failed to keep possessions alive as they were trailing early. The Browns possessed the ball for only 20 minutes. Dallas doubled their possession time with almost 40 minutes. By allowing Dallas to possess the ball often, they controlled the game and the Browns were simply outmatched.

The Cowboys and Browns went into halftime with a 21-10 score in favor of the Cowboys. The second half was dominated by Dallas as they added two more touchdowns and shut out the Browns. The ability to run the ball so well and control the clock empowered the Cowboys and showed the stability of their team. They have a team that can rally together and stick to the game plan as they carry it out each and every week. While leading by 11, Elliott finished off a Cowboys drive with an 8 yard run into the end zone to put the game out of reach. Once again in the third quarter after failing to establish much on offense, the Browns gave up another touchdown to Prescott as he found his tight end, Gavin Escobar in the end zone for the game’s final score.

The Cowboys outplayed the Browns in every phase of the game. The Cowboys gained more first downs, ran more plays, passed and rushed for more yardage and committed less penalties. When a team can win every one of those battles, they will dominate the game. That is exactly what Dallas did. They didn’t play down to the level of the opponent, as teams often do. They applied pressure on the Browns to keep pace and they wore them out all game long.

Dak Prescott continues to dazzle fans as he put up another excellent stat line in the Dallas win. Prescott completed 21 of 27 pass attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns. The key in this game is how Prescott protected the football and didn’t commit any turnovers. He seems to have figured out this NFL style of offense and has made the players around him better. Cole Beasley and Jason Witten have been the major beneficiaries this season. Beasley is having a career season and Witten looks like he’s five years younger with his production. The youth of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott has provided the Cowboys with a much needed spark to bounce back from a 4-12 2015 season.

The Cowboys finally got Alfred Morris more involved in the offense this week. He saw a season high in carries this week with 17. He was able to gain 56 yards on the ground. Due to Morris‘ involvement in the running game, Ezekiel Elliott didn’t have that huge game I was expecting. Elliott was still able to gain 92 yards off of just 18 carries as he added two rushing touchdowns. The Cowboys might continue this game plan of relieving Elliott a bit more to save him for the rest of the season and the possible post season. Morris is still a young player and has a lot to offer to this Cowboys offense. Together, Morris and Elliott can easily be the league’s best one-two punch combo in the backfield. This Cowboys team has solid stability in every aspect of the game. They will look to continue their dominance as the season unfolds.