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Cowboys get crushed by Packers; Jets up next

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The Dallas Cowboys were dominated by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when they were defeated 34-24. The Cowboys were out of synch right from the start and never really had a chance to win after allowing the Packers a 24 -0 lead.

Recap

For the second week in a row Dallas has turned the ball over a few more times than their opponent, and once again came out on the losing end of the game. Don't let the score fool you, the Cowboys gained a lot of empty yards and points late in the second half.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was 27/44 for 463 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 INTERCEPTIONS. He also ran 4 times for 27 yards. With the Cowboys playing catch-up basically from the start, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup had big days. Cooper had his best day as a Cowboy with 11 catches for 226 yards and 1 touchdown. It was Gallup's 1st game back since injuring his knee three weeks ago. He had 7 catches for 113 yards and 1 touchdown as well.

With the team trailing all game long, Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott was kept in check by the Green Bay defense. He only had 14 touches total. Zeke carried 12 times for 62 yards, a 1 yard rushing touchdown and 2 catches for 29 yards. Without Elliott leading the way for the Cowboy offense, the Packers were able to control the game and cruise to an easy win.

Dallas now falls to (3-2) and is now tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for 1st in the NFC East.

3 Things to Watch For

1.Ezekiel Elliott (Running Back): The Cowboys need to feed Zeke the ball and not stop in order to get back to their winning ways. There is no reason he should not get less than 20 touches in every game.

2.Michael Gallup (Wide Receiver): Didn't show any signs of slowing down in his return to the field. He has caught 6 or more passes in every game he has played this season and I would expect it to keep going due to the great chemistry he has with Prescott.

3.Brett Maher (Kicker): 2nd year man had some issues in the Preseason and it looks like he hasn't fixed them. He is 4/7 on field goal attempts for the season, which is 57.1%. That is not good, that isn't even close to average.If this continues, the Cowboys are going to need to find themselves another kicker.

Coming Up

This Sunday October 13th, the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) will be going to the Big Apple to take on the New York Jets (0-4) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. Kickoff is set for 3:25 pm Central time. With the Cowboys losing 2 in a row, I expect them to come out and let Zeke run over the Jets defense. A good mix of run and pass plays should allow Dallas to stay in rhythm and roll to an easy victory. The Jets #1 quarterback Sam Darnold will be back from missing a few games due to illness but he will probably not be 100 percent game shape ready.

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)

JETS:Le'Veon Bell (RB)

For you gamblers out there, the Cowboys are currently -7.5 and the over/under is 43.5. I would only take Dallas at -7 or less would be even better but I think the over is the best play, just like last week!

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Houston loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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