Arlington, Texas— Although it was harder this time, the Cowboys still thrashed a New York team. Another tough defense and enough offense plays kept the Cowboys in the game. These plays were crucial to the score but may not be remembered.
The Cowboys' decision to take the ball after winning the toss seemed controversial. To compensate, score a touchdown. Dak Prescott's 15-yard scramble to the Jets' 5 saved the Cowboys' third-and-6 from the Jets' 20. Three plays later, Jake Ferguson caught Prescott's first TD pass of the season, giving the Cowboys a 7-0 lead.
A "Tank" encounter sets the game's tone. Cowboys knew they had to stop the run and one-dimensionalize the Jets. DeMarcus Lawrence dropped Breece Hall for a 4-yard loss on the first play by cutting through the line. The Jets never created a running game afterward.
After a long TD pass to Garrett Wilson, Sauce Gardner nearly picked off a Prescott sideline pass as the Jets tried to take the lead. Gardner dropped a pick that would have been a touchdown. Cowboys converted a third-down to KaVontae Turpin on the next play and scored to lead 17-7.
P.I. on Jets' Echols On that scoring drive, a third-and-goal from the 13-yard line appeared to force the Cowboys to kick a field goal. The Jets were called for pass interference on Brandin Echols after Prescott passed to Jalen Tolbert in the end zone.
Prescott threw a touchdown to tight end Luke Schoonmaker on the 1 and converted the two-point conversion. Instead of 13-7, the Cowboys led 18-7. The Jets started the second half with a two-for-one, facing the same defensive pressure as in the first.
Micah Parsons flew off the edge on the first play and forced Zach Wilson to pass for no gain to Breece Hall, who carried on the second play and was stuffed for a 2-yard loss. New York fell down again, especially after a false start penalty. In the third quarter, the Jets had to punt instead of driving to get back in the game, giving Dallas superb field position and another field goal.
First big FG by Aubrey His 55-yard field goal in the third quarter was a major breakthrough for rookie kicker Brandon Aubrey and transformed the game. Mike McCarthy could have gone conservative at the Jets' 38-yard line and punted with his team up 21-10.
A failed Aubrey long range goal would have given the Jets in ideal field position at their own 45-yard line. A spark like that would have got them back in the game.
But Aubrey's kick gave the Cowboys a 14-point lead and boosted his and the team's confidence.
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