With their division lead in jeopardy heading into Sunday's road matchup with the Detroit Lions, The Dallas Cowboys took care of business, out-gunning the Lions offense en route to a 35-27 win, moving Dallas to 6-4 on the year.
From the beginning, the Motor City was treated to the Dak Prescott show, with the MVP candidate exploding to the tune of 444 yards and three touchdowns while completing 29 of 46 passes, and running for 18 yards on six carries. No Cowboys QB has ever thrown for this many yards in his first 10 games of a season. The NFL record for 400-yard passing games in a season is four; Dak now has three.
Said teammate Ezekiel Elliott of Dak: "He is playing the best football I’ve ever seen him play, ... He comes up to the line, changes plays, getting us into certain plays against certain looks ... He’s taken his game to the next level.''
With Amari Cooper not at 100-percent health, and the Lions shadowing him with Darius Slay, Prescott utilized his other options heavily, hitting Michael Gallup nine times on 13 targets for 148 yards, and completing four of seven attempts to Randall Cobb for 115 yards and a score.
Tony Pollard also got involved in the passing game, catching four passes for 44 yards and a touchdown, while starting running back Elliott, who managed just 45 yards on the ground, hauled in Prescott's third touchdown pass on a 17-yard pass play. ... and a Dak Dance to go with it.
‘Well,'' Zeke told our Mike Fisher, "it broke the internet (last week) so I thought I had to pay homage to my guy.’
Elliott added a rushing touchdown as well, giving him six on the year.
With star quarterback Matthew Stafford out for the second straight week, Jeff Driskel got the nod, and impressed under center, completing 15 of 29 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and adding an additional 51 yards and a touchdown with his legs. Both of Driskel's touchdowns went to Marvin Jones, who had four grabs for 43 yards.
Former Cowboys seventh round pick Bo Scarbrough, also added 55 yards and a touchdown on 14 rushes for Detroit.
Now sitting at 6-4, the Cowboys will head to Foxborough to take on Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, who are owners of the NFL's top defense, and currently sit at 8-1 on top of the AFC East Division. That's a challenge, especially for a Dallas D that struggled at times in Detroit. But the Cowboys believe they are up to it.