Smith: Cowboys-Bengals could be a shootout


If there was any doubt about the reason the Cowboys took Elliott with the 4th pick in the 2016 Draft, those should be put to rest now.

The San Francisco 49ers lost their third game in a row on Sunday with their 24-17 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys this week. Some fans don’t think Romo “hasn’t won enough big games” but I always go back to the Hall of Fame Raiders head coach John Madden line of thinking, “Tell me when the little are”. But for the second consecutive game, he was a non-factor.

Left guard Ron Leary and left tackle Chaz Green did an outstanding job filling in for La’el Collins and Tyron Smith. Three plays later, Dallas scored its first TD on Prescott’s pass to Williams.

But Drew Bledsoe, who has firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to lose your starting quarterback job to injury and to a younger player, recently weighed in on the topics of mortality and reality in the NFL. If not, he may be forced into playing for another team or retiring altogether.

“We know that we dream of having that kind of dilemma”, Jones told reporters after the game in San Francisco. The Cowboys understand all of this and they are willing to live with the outcomes. Once they were down, Gabbert threw a awful ball that was intercepted by Morris Claiborne. However, the drive stalled, and the Cowboys were forced to kick a 47-yard field goal.

After gaining 143 yards, scoring two touchdowns and all six third-down opportunities in the first two drives, San Francisco was held to 152 yards, three points and just two third-down conversions over the final 43:55. Well how’s this for stepping up, Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys’ rookie running back goes 23 for 138 and two touchdowns. He also caught a screen pass for 19 yards. One of those conversions was a 33-yard touchdown to Kerley.

Dallas struggled last season without Romo, going 1-11 with other QBs. Also, let’s not forget that Dak now holds the single-season record for most pass attempts to start a season without an interception.

The Niners ran a quarterback sweep with the running back as the lead blocker.

And if Gabbert isn’t a winning QB, he shouldn’t be the 49ers’ QB for much longer.

The interception was Claiborne’s fourth of his career and first since 2014.

It is the second serious Achilles injury of Weatherspoon’s career.

Ezekiel Elliott arguably had his best game of his National Football League career rushing 23 times for 138 yards and a 6.0 yards per carry average. Murray did it from November 6-13, 2011.

The Cowboys only have two more games until Romo returns, so the Cowboys have a chance to improve on their 3-1 record with Prescott before Romo takes over in week eight.

This is the first time Garrett has won on the road without Romo and Bryant since January 2, 2011.

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