Believe it or not, the Dallas Cowboys just played their best first half on the road of this season, all thanks to one play.
Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott connected with a wide-open Michael Gallup for a 49-yard touchdown, tying the Redskins at 7 at the half.
Before now, Dallas had been held without a touchdown in the first half in its first three home games. The Panthers and Seahawks each went to the break with a two-score lead on the Cowboys. The Texans managed a 10-6 lead over Dallas at halftime of a game that the Texans ended up winning in overtime.
Prescott’s touchdown toss to Gallup turned around a first half that had been much of the same through the first four possession.
The Cowboys first four drives were bogged down by, in order, 1) a holding penalty on Tyron Smith; 2) a Prescott fumble on a fourth-and-inches dive; 3) an Ezekiel Elliott loss of one yard on first down to put the Cowboys behind the chains; and 4) a chop block.
Dallas’s defense bounced back from giving up a Washington touchdown on the Redskins’ opening drive. After that first score, the Cowboys surrendered just 85 yards.
So the big question for the second half: Can the Cowboys keep up its trend of playing much better in the second half on the road and, in doing so, take over first place in the NFC East?