THE VIEW FROM HALFTIME: Dak Prescott dials up big play

QB's TD pass to Michael Gallup pulled Cowboys even with Redskins at the break.

Believe it or not, the Dallas Cowboys just played their best first half on the road of this season, all thanks to one play.

Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott connected with a wide-open Michael Gallup for a 49-yard touchdown, tying the Redskins at 7 at the half.

Before now, Dallas had been held without a touchdown in the first half in its first three home games. The Panthers and Seahawks each went to the break with a two-score lead on the Cowboys. The Texans managed a 10-6 lead over Dallas at halftime of a game that the Texans ended up winning in overtime.

Prescott’s touchdown toss to Gallup turned around a first half that had been much of the same through the first four possession.

The Cowboys first four drives were bogged down by, in order, 1) a holding penalty on Tyron Smith; 2) a Prescott fumble on a fourth-and-inches dive; 3) an Ezekiel Elliott loss of one yard on first down to put the Cowboys behind the chains; and 4) a chop block.

Dallas’s defense bounced back from giving up a Washington touchdown on the Redskins’ opening drive. After that first score, the Cowboys surrendered just 85 yards.

So the big question for the second half: Can the Cowboys keep up its trend of playing much better in the second half on the road and, in doing so, take over first place in the NFC East?