Good teams take care of the business. It's not always nice, but they beat who they should beat.
And while this was definitely not going as planned in the first half, the Dallas Cowboys did in the end what they should do against the Miami Dolphins, who defeated the visitors 31-6 to reach 3 in the young season : 0 to win. This was the first time they had won their first three games since the 2008 season.
While Dak Prescott might not be able to keep up With his impressive numbers from the first two weeks, he was still performing well, throwing 246 yards with two touchdown passes. His first goal of the season was 91
His race was part of a bigger ground game that involved The Cowboys outperformed more than 236 yards in a rush for the first time since the 2009 season, having scored 213 yards in Washington last week , Ezekiel Elliott jumped to 125 yards, his second week in a row at 100, while newcomer Tony Pollard finished with 103 yards and exceeded the century mark for the first time.
Converting 50 percent of their third-down odds and four of their five Red Zone opportunities continued a successful trend through the start of this season.
Despite the one-sided result, the Dolphins came out as if they wanted to make a game of it. It was passed through a 40-yard pass from Josh Rosen to DaVante Parker to reach their first possession in the target range. But Jason Sander's 47-yard field goal sailed just to the right and from then on it was just cowboys.
Dallas responded with his own field goal, a 28-yard chip shot by Brett Maher, and then came back straight with a 54 meter 54-yard 9-drive to score the day's first touchdown. The series was underscored by a third-and-twenty remix, in which Prescott and Jason Witten's close end improvised for a 33-yard catch-and-run on the right sideline. However, Amari Cooper received the award, which earned him a 5-yard pass that allowed him to score touchdowns in each of Cowboys' first three competitions, the longest such series in his career.
Despite early 10-0 lead The game would soon be uncomfortably tight, thanks to the way Josh Rosen and the Miami offense moved the ball against Dallas. The visitors were able to venture deep into the Cowboys area in three of their next four possessions and convert the field goals of the first two to reduce the advantage.
And the Dolphins knocked on the front door again in the second quarter A close to reach the Dallas 7-yard line, where they had a first-and-goal. But linebacker Jaylon Smith was able to fend off the ball in the middle of Kenyan Drake. DeMarcus Lawrence quickly crashed on the ball to stop the threat and hold 10-6 after two quarters of play.
point, the stat sheet certainly did not look good for the lethargic cowboys. Miami came into this affair with an average of 192 yards total offense per game, but at half time they had already 216 yards and had completed five passes of at least 19 yards. In the meantime, Dallas had only 204 yards and lost the ball possession time of 16:11 to 13:49.
Despite all the frustration in the first 30 minutes, the cowboys found their groove in the second half of football. after the break on each of their first two possessions to reach Lohnschmutz. And Prescott continued his near-perfect play in the third quarter.
To kick off the act, only five games were needed to cope with the 75 meters and pay the first possession of the third one dirt. After recalling an obvious 74-yard touchdown on a penalty, Prescott simply hit 33 yards to Devin Smith, 20 to Randall Cobb, and finally 19 yards to Cooper.
has done the honor on the next trip. After completing all five of his pass attempts, he finished the 9-yard drive by storming into the end zone from 8 yards to give Dallas an insurmountable 24-6 lead.
And on the other side of the ball, the Cowboys defense increased energy and brought more pressure, which made life much harder for Rosen. In fact, after Miami had played more than 200 yards in the first half, Dallas kept his opponent at just 67 yards in the second half and zero points.
With the Dolphins, the fourth quarter was mainly about the floor game and Pollard for the cowboys. The return hit the heavy lifting and raced 74 yards into the frame, including a 16-yard touchdown run that ended the day's rating, the first of his career.
When changing to 3: 0, the cowboys have been fun so far a relatively weak schedule. The tests, however, will soon get tougher as they head to New Orleans Saints next Sunday, followed by a return home to host the Green Bay Packers the following week.
All the same, it's all about taking care of the business.