By Alex Al-Kazzaz
Zach Wilson and the New York Jets came to Arlington, Texas, hoping for another triumphant win. Instead, they got humbly overwhelmed by Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. It was strongly insisted that Dallas would be on a high upset alert, and instead, they proved that theory to be merely a false alarm. Their strong performance awarded them the win with a 30-10 final score.
The Dallas Cowboys are 2-0 for the first time since 2019. Dallas is the fifth team in NFL history to score 70 points and allow no more than 10 through the first two games of a season. With two games down, the Cowboys are looking to prepare for the challenges ahead.
The Dallas defense played a massive role in the win. They were forcing a total of four turnovers and sacking the quarterback three times. In addition, they held the Jets offense to 1-for-10 on third-down conversions. Furthermore, they shut down the Jets' running game, keeping Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook under ten yards!
Dallas' only defensive blunder had to be Garrett Wilson's 68-yard touchdown pass. In the second half, they shut down the Jets offense entirely. Micah Parsons registered two sacks, along with a forced fumble and recovery, while Trevon Diggs, Malik Hooker, and Jayron Kearse each intercepted one pass.
Prescott had a great day. He finished 31-for-38 for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Prescott started with 13 consecutive completed passes, thus establishing a new career-high for completions to begin a game. CeeDee Lamb's eleven catches for 143 yards speaks for itself. Rookie tight end Luke Schoonmaker scored his first career touchdown as Dallas responded to New York's touchdown in the previous drive.
Interestingly enough, the passing game outshined the running game in this game. Tony Pollard finished 72 yards on 25 carries. Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn combined for 42 yards on ten carries. Overall, the offense improved from last week. However, three touchdown-scoring opportunities were squandered as Dallas failed to find the endzone in the second half, settling for field goals instead. Brandon Aubrey made five field goals, becoming the first kicker to do so in a game since 2013.
Dallas faces Arizona on the road this week. Arizona fell to 0-2 after a 31-28 loss to the New York Giants. Daniel Jones & company rallied for a 20-0 deficit, outscoring Arizona 31-8 in the second half. And this is the same Giants team that was embarrassed by Dallas 40-0 in Week 1.
Arizona has a reputation for giving Dallas a difficult time on the field. Dallas is looking to improve to 3-0 to keep their momentum hot. However, it won't be easy, so the Cowboys have much to work on at practice this week.