Dallas Cowboys 7-3-0-7: 17
Seattle Seahawks 0-10-17-0: 27
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Tony Romo Hurt Early; Appears OK
On just the third play from scrimmage, Romo escaped the pocket and was hit from behind by Cliff Avril while attempting to slide, resulting in awkward finish. He immediately clutched his back and appeared to be in considerable pain, although he ultimately walked off on his own power, and early reports were encouraging for Cowboys fans:
Romo reportedly felt good enough to come back into the game, but the Cowboys opted to play it safe and roll with impressive rookie Dak Prescott.
Ezekiel Elliott Stars in Debut
After a quiet opening drive, Elliott was dominant on just the second NFL possession of his career, piling up runs of nine, nine, 13 and eight yards on the Cowboys’ seven-play, 81-yard touchdown march. Against one of the most physical defenses in the NFL, the No. 4 overall pick looked explosive, bursting through holes and showing why he drew comparisons to Adrian Peterson.
Veteran tight end Jason Witten finished off the drive, winning a jump ball over linebacker K.J. Wright in the end zone:
That was it for Elliott, who finished his day with 48 yards on seven carries.
Seahawks No. 1 Offense Looks Like No. 1 Offense Again
The Seahawks first-team offense, which didn’t score in the first preseason game, had six total drives. Two went for a combined 12 yards, while the other four were scoring drives that went for 68, 58, 42 and 70 yards, respectively.
When the offense was clicking, it was mostly a result of the passing game. Russell Wilson was 12-for-14 on the four scoring drives, providing a pair of touchdown highlights. The first, a gorgeous touch pass to Paul Richardson in the second quarter:
The second, a classic Wilson scramble before finding Tyler Lockett in the corner of the end zone:
Wilson finished 16-of-21 for 192 yards, two touchdowns and a QB rating of 135.4.
Dak Prescott Continues to Impress
Filling in for Romo after the third play of the game, the rookie quarterback continued to look like anything but a first-year player. Despite playing without Dez Bryant, he went 17-of-23 for 116 yards and a touchdown.
On the last drive of the second quarter, Prescott went 8-for-8 for 64 yards, showing tremendous poise inside the no-huddle offense, as the ‘Boys were able to get a field goal and tie the game at 10 heading into intermission.
He had a little trouble moving the ball in the third quarter, but it was still another impressive showing.
Christine Michael Begins 2nd Half in Explosive Fashion
One of the stars of the preseason through the first two weeks, Michael tallied just 11 yards on four first-half carries. But he finally found some running lanes on the first drive of the third quarter and shot through them like a cannon for gains of 20 and 17 yards, leading the ‘Hawks to a field goal.
Michael finished with 58 yards on seven carries, running his impressive preseason totals to 24 rushes and 157 yards (6.5 yards per carry).
Trevone Boykin Does Best Russell Wilson Impression
In his first possession under center, Boykin led a nine-play, 72-yard drive, capping it off with an impressive 16-yard touchdown run that saw him evade pressure in the pocket and out-run defenders to the corner of the end zone.
Seahawks Defense Dominates Second Half
Neither team had starters on the field, but it was still a mostly dominant performance from Seattle, as Dallas’ first five drives of the half went punt (three plays, three yards), punt (three plays, six yards), punt (three plays, negative-three yards), punt (seven plays, 28 yards) and lost fumble (two plays, negative-three yards).
On the latter, local kid and University of Washington product Tani Tupou got the strip-sack of Jameill Showers, with Brandin Bryant recovering.
Jameill Showers and Rodney Smith Show Nice Chemistry
The Cowboys responded nicely after the lost fumble, marching 64 yards on seven plays on the next possession. Showers connected with Rodney Smith three times for 32 yards on the drive, including a fantastic six-yard back-shoulder touchdown connection to cut into Seattle’s lead: