COWBOYS REPORT

Cowboys crush Giants; Redskins up next

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The Dallas Cowboys cruised to an easy victory Sunday afternoon when they defeated the New York Giants 35-17.

The Cowboys quickly gave up an early touchdown but went on to score touchdowns of their own on their next five possessions. Quarterback Dak Prescott was unstoppable. He finished the game 25/32 for 405 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, and ZERO turnovers. Prescott posted a perfect 158.3 Quarterback Rating while connecting with seven different receivers. A few more games like this and Owner Jerry Jones will gladly be opening up his check book when they come to terms on a new contract.

With the Cowboys having their way through the air on offense, Superstar Ezekiel Elliott only carried the ball 13 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. With it being Zeke's first game back from his holdout, the light workload seemed to be exactly what was needed.

Receivers Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper appear to be in sync with Prescott as they both posted 100+ yard-receiving days. Second year man Gallup had 7 catches for 158 yards as Cooper caught 6 for 106yards.With these two outstanding playmakers on the field, opposing defenses have to worry about a lot more than just Zeke.

The Cowboys have started the season off right with a win over a divisional opponent and look ready for a great season.

Three things to watch

1.Ezekiel Elliott (Running Back): With one game under his belt, it will be interesting to see how much the Cowboys coaching staff will increase his touches.I would expect him to get somewhere around 18.

2.Randall Cobb (Wide Receiver): With the Redskins giving up over 300 yards passing last week, I think Cobb should benefit the most this week when he lines up in the slot.There is high potential for him to make some huge plays down the field; just look at what DeSean Jackson did last week to this defense.

3.Jason Witten (Tight End): Witten scored a touchdown last week in his first game back from retirement, and was targeted six times. Prescott seems to use him as his security blanket, let's see if the future Hall of Famer can keep producing as he fights father time.

Coming Up

Sunday September 15th, the Dallas Cowboys (1-0) will be taking on their division rival Washington Redskins (0-1) at FedEx Field in Landover Maryland.Kickoff is set for 12:00 pm Central time.As for the game, I expect a lot of the same from the Dallas offense.The Redskins were torched through the air last week and I believe Dak and company will be Dak'ting a fool again.Washing ton is going to be without their starting running back Derrius Guice who is out with a knee injury.This should be a good spot to pick up anther easy win.

If you have any fantasy players, the only must start players are:

Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Amari Cooper (WR), Dak Prescott (QB), Michael Gallup (WR)

Redskins: Chris Thompson (RB) maybe, and only in a PPR league

For you gamblers out there, the Cowboys are -4.5 and the over/under is 46.That is a pretty big line because they are on the road but I think the over is a good safe play and the only one I am going to make.

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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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