The Dallas Cowboys absolutely manhandled the New York Jets in Week 2. Yes, Dallas was only up 18-10 entering halftime, but that score was not reflective of the gap between these two teams.
The Cowboys then ran away over the final two quarters to end the day with a 30-10 victory. However, despite that display, the NFL is trying to diminish the efforts of Mike McCarthy's squad.
Cowboys Week 2 Win
Brian Costello of the New York Post reported on Wednesday the league office reached out to New York about the roughing-the-passer penalty called on EDGE John Franklin-Myers. The NFL said a flag shouldn't have been thrown since it was a legal hit.
This suddenly creates some faux controversy surrounding Dallas' win. Jets fans think if the call wasn't made, maybe New York somehow goes on to pull off the upset. After all, that penalty did keep the Cowboys' drive alive following a failed 3rd-and-7, and four plays later they found the end zone.
However, there's not much to actually see here. Dallas had already driven all the way down to Jets' 11-yard line, so maybe Brandon Aubrey comes out to kick a field goal to make it 13-7. Assuming the rest of the game plays out the same -- and there's no reason not to, considering it had no impact on the second half -- Dallas only wins 25-10 since it erases three points from the TD and the two-point conversion that followed.
Even if the penalty wasn't called, the Cowboys still go on to handle the Jets with ease over the final two quarters. Dak Prescott had little trouble finding the openings in New York's secondary, everyone in the backfield had some nice gains and CeeDee Lamb embarrassed any defender who attempted to guard him.
On defense, Micah Parsons and company still make Zach Wilson's life a living nightmare. One missed penalty doesn't prevent the turnover-prone quarterback from tossing 3 interceptions in the second half.
This could be a case of the NFL trying to make their New York darlings feel better about themselves after Week 2's disaster. However, the only victory the Jets got in Week 2 was the one that doen't show up in the standings: a moral one.
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