By the Cowboys’ standard so far this season, they played a brilliant first half on offense in taking a 13-10 lead over the Lions at halftime.
And it all hinged on Dallas’s touchdown march in the last 2:50 before the break.
Fittingly, running back Ezekiel Elliott ignited the drive with a 19-yard run on first-and-10 from the Cowboys’ 25. A 12-yard completion from quarterback Dak Prescott to wide receiver Cole Beasley, plus an unnecessary roughness penalty on Lions defensive lineman Romeo Okwara moved Dallas into Detroit territory.
Then Prescott and Elliott connected on the play that cashed in the 4-play 75-yard drive. Prescott dropped a well-executed screen pass to Elliott and the Cowboys’ star running back took it the rest of the way for a 38-yard touchdown.
Elliott rushed for 58 yards (5.8 per carry) and has 100 yards of total offense to this point. Prescott is well on the way to setting a new season high in passing yards as he completed 6 of 11 passes for 134 yards and the TD in the first half. Prescott’s season high for passing yards is 170 in the opener at Carolina.
While the Cowboys were relatively efficient with the ball, Detroit still out-gained them 232-193 in total yards. Lions quarterback and Highland Park native Matthew Stafford passed for 156 yards and a TD in the first half.
Lions WR Golden Tate was a problem for the Dallas defense in the first half as he has caught 4 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown so far. He left a couple of Cowboys in the lurch on his 45-yard score.
The big question for the second half: Can the Cowboys kick it up another notch on offense in the second half and get to 2-2?