The Dallas Cowboys rode a hot start scoring four touchdowns on their first four drives, and never looked back in a 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears.
Aside from a late first-half interception, quarterback Dak Prescott had one of his best games of the season, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns while only missing six passes helping the offense to 442 yards. Defensively the unit notched four sacks and a Micah Parsons fumble return for a touchdown. Below are the four biggest takeaways from today’s game.
With starting running back Ezekiel Elliott out, backup Tony Pollard had his best game of the season, rushing for 131 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries. The third-year man out of Memphis averaged an impressive 9.4 yards per carry and exploded for a 54-yarder. Pollard continues to increase his impending free agent value and is proving capable of being a lead back in the league.
Offense Looks Sharp
Before Prescott’s interception late in the first half, the Cowboys offense looked nearly unstoppable and continued so the rest of the way. Punter Brian Anger had his easiest game of the season, punting just twice, with one coming late in the fourth quarter. Aside from Pollard, tight end Dalton Schultz and receiver CeeDee Lamb each had solid days, each going over 70 yards with Lamb finding the endzone. If the offense can play at this level, more than the level they played at last week against the Lions, the Cowboys will be a hard team to beat.
Parsons Continues to Impress
There seems to be no limit to what Parsons can do on a football field. Today he recovered a Leighton Vander Esch forced fumble, scooped it up, avoiding being touched by Bears quarterback Justin Fields, and took it 36 yards for a touchdown. The defending Defensive Rookie of the Year is showing no signs of a sophomore slump and continues to be one of the best young defensive players in the league.
Bears Show Fight
Have to give credit where credit is due to the Bears for continuing to fight. Down 28-7, they could’ve packed it in but fought and made it an 11-point game at the half. They ran for an impressive 240 yards and, at one point, cut the Dallas lead to just five. While they ran out of gas at the end, one has to respect what they saw out of the Bears making the most out of the limited talent they have.