On Wednesday, we posed the question whether the Cowboys’ glass is half-empty or half-full with a 5-5 record going into the Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Washington Redskins.
That remains a very interesting question as Dallas leads the Redskins, 10-7, at halftime.
The Cowboys started with a crisp opening drive as quarterback Dak Prescott converted two third downs with passes of 7 and 11 yards to Amari Cooper. When it was finished, the Cowboys had moved the chains four times and running back Ezekiel Elliott ran 16 yards untouched for a touchdown.
But then the Cowboys offense hiccuped through the rest of the first half.
And Washington tied it with Colt McCoy’s 53-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis.
Prescott bounced back by directing an excellent 14-play, 65-yard drive to the Redskins’ 4. Along the way, Prescott displayed excellent presence of mind in shaking off a would-be tackle and, despite being wrapped up, completed a 12-yard pass to Michael Gallup to convert a third-and-4.
The Cowboys settled for Brett Maher’s 28-yard field goal, which gave them the 3-point edge at the break.
The Dallas defense came up with one interception, by Anthony Brown, and sacked Colt McCoy twice. But McCoy doesn’t seem rattled, especially since he made a big play for Washington’s touchdown.
So the big question for the second half: Can McCoy and Prescott actually engage in a QB-driven shootout in the second half? If not, which offense falters first?