SAN FRANCISCO – After a two-game losing streak, the Dallas Cowboys' bye-week came at a two-fold, opportune time.
The Cowboys had lost their previous two games to the Los Angeles Rams, 35-30; and to the Packers, 35-31. Both times Dallas had half-time leads and both times they lost.
Dallas' first-fold opportunity came this afternoon when the 'Boys beat up the San Francisco 49ers, 40-10 on their home turf, Levi Stadium. The Cowboys picked up offensively where they left off in their two losses, those positives being in points, yardage and rushing the ball.
'Pokes' back, Ezekiel Elliott came out with a strong game, rushing-wise as he gained 147 yards on the ground. That established ground game led to Dak Prescott's passing performance.
Prescott passed for over 200 yards plus, to go along with his three touchdowns and no interceptions. The third member of that three-headed offensive attack, Dez Bryant, caught seven passes for 74 yards.
With the two-week break, Dallas' problems were not so much their offense, but on the defensive side. The Cowboys didn't have Linebackers, Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens to stop the run; two other areas of concern had been
on the defensive line, as Charles Tapper, defensive end wound up on injured reserve for the season. As for defensive backs, Nolan Carroll was released during the bye-week; and Dallas' defensive back, Chidobe Awuzie, was still dealing with a hamstring injury.
So, Dallas' third win of the season was a rather easy win from the outset. The 49ers special teams punt returner, Trent Taylor, fumbled the ball to set the Cowboys up within scoring range at San Francisco's 20-yard line. Elliott's 1-yard touchdown gave Dallas a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
After the 49ers went three-and-out, the Cowboys marshaled 74-yards in seven plays to up their lead, 14-0.
After being ahead 20-3 at the half, the Cowboys added some insurance points right off the bat. On the Cowboys first down at their own 28-yard line, Elliott gets a screen pass and turns it into a 72-yard touchdown run.
After the PAT (defensive back, Jeff Heath, in for injured, field goal kicker, /dan Bailey) the score is now, 27-3.
Dallas put up 20 points in the second half, to San Francisco's seven points to win 40-10.
After seven weeks, Dallas' win puts them at 3-3. The Cowboys come home for a key NFC East matchup against division rival, the Washington Redskins. Kick-off from AT&T Stadium is set for Sunday, October 29 at 3:25 p.m. CST.
But first, the Redskins (3-2) must face their Monday night football opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles who are atop of the NFC east with a 5-1 record.