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Cowboys blitz Mac Jones, Patriots to roll to 38-3 win

Field Level Media
02 Oct 2023, 09:40 GMT+10

(Photo credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Leighton Vander Esch and DaRon Bland each scored defensive touchdowns in the first half, and the host Dallas Cowboys rolled to a 38-3 win over the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.

CeeDee Lamb and Hunter Luepke also scored for Dallas (3-1), whose three victories all have come by 20 points or more. Dak Prescott completed 28 of 34 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Mac Jones completed 12 of 21 passes for 150 yards and two interceptions for New England (1-3). Jones was replaced late in the third quarter by Bailey Zappe, who completed 4 of 9 passes for 57 yards.

Dallas outgained New England 377-253. The Cowboys tallied 22 first downs, compared with 10 for the Patriots.

The Cowboys wasted no time setting the tone. They established a 10-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter and surged to a 28-3 lead by halftime.

Brandon Aubrey started the scoring with a 23-yard field goal for Dallas.

New England pulled even at 3-3 after Chad Ryland made a 29-yard field goal.

Dallas took the lead for good late in the first quarter. Prescott threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Lamb to finish off a 10-play, 75-yard drive.

The Cowboys' defense notched a touchdown to make it 18-3 early in the second quarter. Defensive end Dante Fowler sacked Jones and forced a fumble, and Vander Esch picked up the ball and ran 11 yards to the end zone for his first career touchdown.

Dallas added a two-point conversion on a trick play as punter Bryan Anger took the snap, pretended to hold it for the extra-point attempt, and then lobbed a pass to defensive lineman Chauncey Golston.

Aubrey made another 23-yard field goal with 4:03 left in the half.

Dallas showcased its defensive prowess once again to go ahead 28-3 with 54 seconds before halftime. Bland jumped in front of a high pass by Jones and sprinted down the field for a 54-yard pick-6.

Aubrey added a 33-yard field goal to make it 31-3 in the third quarter.

Dallas closed out the scoring on Luepke's 3-yard rushing touchdown with 6:38 remaining.

--Field Level Media

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