The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff cost them a ball game on Sunday night, falling to the Minnesota Vikings, 28-24. Time after time, the team decided to run the ball on first down, with no success. Quarterback Dak Prescott had to bail the coaches out multiple times on each drive, and did so in magnificent fashion. But in the end, driving to try and win the game, the coaching staff swore they were the smartest dudes in the room and ended up making themselves look foolish.
After Prescott’s arm carried them down the field methodically in the final five minutes of the game, Dallas got into the red zone, down 4, and then reverted to running the ball into the teeth of the Vikings stout rush defense. Ezekiel Elliott didn’t get stuffed once, but twice, bringing up a fourth and five after an 8-yard completion seemingly set them up for winning plays.
The Cowboys’ coaching staff was afraid to score too soon, giving Minnesota a chance to get the ball back, and instead of remaining aggressive, hedged their bets and blew the game.
On fourth down, an out to Elliott was broken up when the team could’ve easily attacked the middle of the field as they had done all night. Turnover on downs.
Prescott had 397 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interception to that point, and the Dallas coaching staff took the win out of his hands.
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SOURCE: USA Today, K.D. Drummond