Cowboys more than a match for Lions in 42-21 victory
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The Detroit Lions weren’t ready for the force that is the 2016 Dallas Cowboys team. That was obvious in their 42-21 loss Monday night.
It was a really important game for the Lions. A win would have given them a playoff berth. It probably would have saved coach Jim Caldwell’s job. And it would have taken some pressure off this Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers – a game for the NFC North title. Instead, things look pretty bad for Detroit right now.
The worst thing about Monday’s matchup was that the Lions were actually leading 21-14 near the end of the first half. Then the Cowboys scored on four straight true possessions. Then the Lions caved in the second half. Quarterback Matthew Stafford turned the ball over twice. The offensive line allowed four sacks. The running game sucked.
The Cowboys’ offense is just untouchable. Quarterback Dak Prescott completed 15-of-20 for 212 yards and three touchdown passes. Running back Ezekiel Elliott had two touchdown runs and finished with 80 yards on 12 carries. Wide receiver Dez Bryant had two touchdown catches (tied with his season high) and threw a touchdown pass.
“I thought we did a good job maintaining our balance there on offense,” said coach Jason Garrett. “For us, it starts with controlling the line of scrimmage and running the football, everything we got off that … We didn’t throw the ball much in the game, but we were productive throwing it.”
Dallas is now an outstanding 13-2 on the season. They’ve only won 13 games twice before – once in 1992, when they went on to win Super Bowl XXVII, and again in 2007, when they lost to the New York Giants in the divisional round.
The Cowboys, who have the No. 1 spot in the NFC all wrapped up, play the Philadelphia Eagles next week, in a game that doesn’t really matter all that much. It’s possible they’ll even give Prescott a rest and start Tony Romo.
The Lions, on the other hand, will put it all on the line against the Packers, with both teams fighting for the NFC North title. If they tie, they’ll both make the playoffs.