Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Jets: Recap and Highlights

The Dallas Cowboys faced the New York Jets on Oct. 13, 2019, in Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season. Here are some of the highlights from the game.

The Dallas Cowboys traveled to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 13 to face the winless New York Jets in Week 6 of the 100th anniversary season of the NFL.

Dallas led the all-time series 7-4 with the Jets winning the last two matchups, and despite Dallas being heavily favored to win the game, New York made it three wins in a row against Dallas when they soundly handed the Cowboys their third loss in a row on Sunday. The Cowboys entered the game 3-2 this season and the Jets had yet to record a single victory. However, the return of quarterback Sam Darnold, who had been out injured since Week 1, helped New York end their winless streak when they beat Dallas, 24-22.

The game started with the Jets receiving the ball, but they weren’t able to put any points on the board in their opening drive. The Cowboys also went three-and-out on their opening drive. New York kept their second drive alive for 14 plays, 83 yards, and nearly eight minutes, including four penalties on Dallas and five plays at goal before Le’Veon Bell rushed two yards for the first touchdown of the game with 3:24 left in the first quarter. The Cowboys put their first points on the board in the next possession when Brett Maher kicked a 50-yard field goal to open up the second quarter and put Dallas on the board, 7-3, with 15:00 on the clock.

The two teams went the next five possessions without any point production, exchanging downs and punts until there were only three and a half minutes left in the half, and the Jets scored their second touchdown of the game as Darnold connected with Robby Anderson for a 92-yard touchdown catch. The Jets extended the lead to 14-3 and Dallas failed to put any points on the board in their possession, going three-and-out yet again.  Following the two-minute warning, the Jets put their third touchdown of the day on the board when Ryan Griffin caught a five-yard pass from Darnold and widening the gap even more with just over 30 seconds left to play in the first half. The Cowboys closed out their final possession of the game with a remarkable 62-yard field goal by Maher to put three more on the board and the first half ended with the Jets in the lead.

The second half of the game started with a Dallas possession and Ezekiel Elliott kept the play alive, rushing the ball eight times before quarterback Dak Prescott connected with Jason Witten for a four-yard touchdown pass that was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty. The penalty resulted in ten yards enforced and the ball was moved to the 14-yard line as a result, but Prescott threw an incomplete pass which put Maher back on the field to kick a 32-yard field goal. He had no problem putting the ball between the posts and the score was 21-9 with just under eight minutes left in the third quarter.  The Jets opened their drive with an offensive holding penalty, and despite many completed passes by Darnold and rushing drives by Bell, the possession finished with a pick by Jourdan Lewis who took it to the Dallas 26-yard line for a 20-yard return.

Dallas was unable to convert the early possession into any points on the board and their play extended into the fourth quarter, ending on the fourth down with a missed 40-yard field goal by Maher. The score stayed the same and only 45 seconds were shaved off of the clock. The Jets’ next possession came up empty as well after Darnold was sacked on the third second down of the drive for a loss of seven yards.

The Cowboys’ next possession lasted 10 plays as Dallas was successful in producing crucial points. Following Prescott making five of his six passes and Elliott rushing in five of the plays, including the five-yard touchdown rush, the Cowboys put seven on the board and closed the Jets’ lead to just five points with just under five minutes left in the game.

In what would be the final New York possession, Darnold and Bell took turns alternating between passing and rushing plays, and Darnold didn’t throw an incomplete pass until the sixth play of the possession, forcing Sam Ficken to kick a 38-yard field goal to extend the gap by three more points.

24-16, with 3:06 left to play.

Dallas had one more chance to put points on the board and possibly tie the game in their final possession. Prescott did just that when he rushed four yards for the score, tying the record held by Roger Staubach, but Dallas was unable to complete the two-point conversion following the touchdown, and then Dallas went for the two-point conversion with a pass from Prescott to Witten. However, the pass was incomplete and the score was 24-22 with 43 seconds left in the game.

The Cowboys will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of play while the Jets will attempt to win their second game when they play the undefeated New England Patriots on Monday Night Football next week.


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