Browns hold off Cowboys in blowout that turned into shootout

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The Cowboys trailed the Falcons by 15 points late in the fourth quarter only to rally for a victory in their home opener. That was on everyone’s mind at AT&T Stadium on Sunday as the Cowboys headed into the fourth quarter down 41-14.

Dallas made it interesting with 24 unanswered points to draw within three points.

But Odell Beckham ran for a 50-yard touchdown with 3:25 left and Denzel Ward intercepted Dak Prescott a the 4-yard line with 1:36 left to end all suspense. The Browns won impressively 49-38 in one of the most entertaining games of the year.

The Browns moved to 3-1, and the Cowboys fell to 1-3.

Beckham and Myles Garrett were among the stars.

Beckham scored three touchdowns, catching scoring passes of 37 and 4 yards, and beating the Cowboys Defense on the end around late. It initially appeared Aldon Smith had Beckham for a loss on the play, but Beckham slipped by him and outran the rest of the Cowboys defense to the end zone.

The Browns then got a two-point conversion after Cody Parkey‘s PAT was blocked, Jaylon Smith knocked the ball into the end zone as he tried to pick it up and Stephen Carlson recovered in the end zone.

Beckham finished with two carries for 73 yards and five catches for 81 yards.

The Browns gained 508 yards with 307 coming on the ground. They lost Nick Chubb in the first half, but D'Ernest Johnson carried 13 times for 95 yards and Kareem Hunt had 11 attempts for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Garrett made two sacks and forced a fumble in his homecoming back in Arlington.

Prescott became the first quarterback in NFL history with 450 or more yards in three consecutive games. He passed for 502 yards and four touchdowns but all for naught. He threw the late interception and also lost the fumble on the strip-sack by Garrett, which helped the Browns to a 31-14 halftime lead.

Amari Cooper caught 12 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown, and rookie CeeDee Lamb had five catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

76 responses to “Browns hold off Cowboys in blowout that turned into shootout

  1. Yeah, Cowboy fans, it’s not Dak Prescott or what you’re paying him that is your team’s big problem. It’s your lousy, overrated defense.

    Probably good that the Browns didn’t trade Odell Beckham like Florio said they should do.

  2. Take the Browns win, but man, even in a blow-up that make us sweat. I’m glad that OBJ seems to have found his groove. Three weeks ago it looked like it would be a long season. Take the W and go home.

  3. Dallas, welcome to the Mike McCarthy era in your teams history; defense can’t stop anyone, boneheaded special teams play and an offense that can only play lights out in garbage time. Why do you think the Packers gave him the heave-ho?

  4. As the saying goes-statistics are for losers. cowboys still have a lousy record and if Philadelphia wins tonight the Eagles will be in first place. What a division.LOL

  5. If the Cowboys don’t make some changes on defense now it’s going to be a very long season. You can’t keep doing the same thing and hope for better results

  6. That 1 ugly win over the Falcons is going to suck when the Cowboys could be drafting their QB of the future.

    Additionally, worst contracts based upon performance in the NFL in no particular order:
    D Lawrence, E Elliot, J Smith.

  7. The only reason why the Cowboys aren’t 0-4 is because the Falcons are experts at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. The Clapper is probably laughing himself silly right now, even if the Giants go 1-15.

  8. Cowboys are in trouble. Dak may be a stat chaser, but that defense is HORRIBLE. Combined with the lousy effort in Houston, Texas professional football looks horrible this year… No defense anywhere!

  9. masterofmydomain2017 says:

    October 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Browns are for real.

    Maybe we should push the brakes on that one a little bit…

  10. Cleveland looks pretty good. Most of the so called Dallas offense is garbage time numbers. 1-3 says so.

  11. @PFTSelectiveCensorship At this point I think 7 is being generous. The NFC East maybe give the NFL its first 6-10 division winner.

  12. as good as the browns effort was, it could all be for naught if nick chubb, god forbid, ripped his acl. the browns would be royally screwed if that happens. take the win brownies, you are gonna need it big time.

  13. softhelmet says:
    October 4, 2020 at 4:51 pm
    masterofmydomain2017 says:

    October 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm
    Browns are for real.

    Maybe we should push the brakes on that one a little bit…
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    Agreed. While, if you are a long suffering Browns fan, you have every reason to be excited over being 3-1. Keep in mind their 3 wins came against teams that are a combined 3-8-1. But you do have to win the games you should win, I think the next 4 weeks will give us a much better reading on the Browns. They play Colts, Steelers, Raiders.

  14. 1-3 should never be the record of a team leading their division. Like how is it even possible that the NFC East is worse than it was last year.

  15. Cowboys still playing with the entitlement attitude. Won’t change.until Jerry is no longer hands on and overpaying for potential, not performance.

  16. “The Browns then got a two-point conversion after Cody Parkey‘s PAT was blocked, Jaylon Smith knocked the ball into the end zone as he tried to pick it up and Stephen Carlson recovered in the end zone.”

    Has this happened before?

  17. If someone told you that after 4 weeks a team had scored 127 points (32 ppg), chances are you are going to say that team is 4-0 or maybe 3-1. But then you are told the defense has given up 135 points (33.4) and you realize they are talking about the Cowboys. Mike Nolan has to be a bit nervous…

  18. Dak Prescott is the greatest quarterback in NFL history against the prevent defense. No one throws a 15 yard out against a cover two with safeties playing 30 yards down the field better than he does.

  19. looks like your typical mike nolan defense to me. dude is like the adam gase of d coordinators – no idea why anyone keeps hiring him.

  20. Can’t stand the Cowboys, but those fans out there that are blaming Dak simply have no clue. Dak has put up 32 points per game through 4 weeks.Too bad their defense has given up 33.4 PPG… Dak is the LEAST of the Cowboys worries.

  21. Cowboys are a garbage fire.
    The worst defense I have seen from a Cowboys team in 50+ years.
    Along with a broken O line this bunch may contend for the Trevor Lawrence Sweepstakes.
    Pretty skill players and stats do not make you a contender.

  22. I was really looking forward to seeing how things would work for MM this year, and if he would adapt to the new NFL – pretty disappointed so far.

  23. Like what someone else hinted at here, I think the Cowboys should hire Wade Phillips. As a defensive coordinator, he actually has a great track record with the Broncos, Rams, and Texans. He just needs talent.

  24. Reminds me when of the times when Cowboys fans would blame Romo for every single loss, when but ignored the game he would carry the team on his bad for wins. Cowboys fans would remember the few bad plays or games Romo had and say, “See he is trash!”
    But ignored the bad defense, bad coach and bad owner. Dak is now the one getting blamed for the bad defense and the bad hire – Mike McNugget.
    I hope Dak moves on and I’m happy he didn’t fall for the Jerry “You are my son”, BS like Romo did. I always thought Romo should have left Dallas too when he had good years left.
    Cowboys are a terrible organization with terrible fans. who think they are a Superbowl team every year regardless how bad to mediocre they are every season.

  25. Both teams have stud offenses and dud defenses, obviously. Anyway, it was a big win for the Browns. It appears that Mayfield is getting his swagger back. If Chubb is lost for any significant amount of time, though, things could go sour in a hurry.

  26. A couple of things…

    The Browns dropped 3-4 should have been INTs. They catch even one of those passes that hit their defensive players in the hands, the game isn’t close.

    While i think the Eagles will lose tonight, they are playing for 1st place in the NFC east.

    How big a dumpster fire is the NFC east if 1-2-1 would give a team sole possession of 1st place.

  27. I don’t care what the final score is or what the stats are, when you’re down 41-14 after three quarters, your whole team is playing like garbage. Furious 4th quarter rallies when your opponent is mentally not in the game anymore and coasting are meaningless. The loss to the Seahawks is the Cowboys best game so far this season.

  28. And now everyone can understand Rodgers passing numbers. Under Coach McMuffin they are all garbage time numbers.

  29. HeartofShadow says:
    October 4, 2020 at 5:28 pm
    Reminds me when of the times when Cowboys fans would blame Romo for every single loss, when but ignored the game he would carry the team on his bad for wins. Cowboys fans would remember the few bad plays or games Romo had and say, “See he is trash!”
    But ignored the bad defense, bad coach and bad owner. Dak is now the one getting blamed for the bad defense and the bad hire – Mike McNugget.
    I hope Dak moves on and I’m happy he didn’t fall for the Jerry “You are my son”, BS like Romo did. I always thought Romo should have left Dallas too when he had good years left.
    Cowboys are a terrible organization with terrible fans. who think they are a Superbowl team every year regardless how bad to mediocre they are every season.

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    I don’t remember Cowboy fans blaming Romo. I only remember non Cowboy fans blaming him.
    I remember me and many others putting the blame on bad defense and the fact
    then as now the Offense has to score 35+ points a game to even be in it.
    Romo got paid handsomely and all the fans of other teams thought Jerry overpaid.
    Prescott isn’t the problem. Cowboy fans defend him just as they did Romo from those
    saying he is no different from Wince or Cousins.

  30. Stefanski made a rookie coaching mistake in going Into the prevent defense and time draining offense way too early. Had they kept their foot on the gas it would have stayed a blowout because Cowboys had no answer for Clevelands offense Or defense when the Browns were actually trying. Whiffing on every prevent D tackle is what lead to all those fourth quarter points.

    Thankfully Stefanski seems the type that learns from his mistakes quick as the play calling in that last three minutes was impressive.

  31. slyder1969 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 4:42 pm
    Dallas Cowboys fans hope the season gets canceled

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    Jerry agrees

  32. Seems to me the only logical explanation for the Cowboy’s defense is they’re being coached up to maintain a 6ft social distance

  33. smoothrobinva says:
    October 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm
    Damn league don’t let Dallas play defense we get fined for tackling and hitting

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    The got called for one questionable hit and give up over 300 yards on the ground and you are blaming the officials? You sir, are a true fan. Not smart, but definitely committed.

  34. The Dallas football team defense is putrid; and it is making Dakota have to throw repeatedly (along with the abandonment of the running game). The more Dakota passes, the more likely this team will lose – it is just a fact.

    Dallas is a horrible team. It falls way behind and then has to play desperate and that pads Dakota’s stats. The problem is that Dakota is not good and his failures open up the wide gap in the opposing team’s lead and then forces defenses to play lax. Dakota is not good. He is playing with fire. One day soon he’ll be reduced to being carted off the field. Without his runs and running game, he’s toast.

  35. Another prime example of why Prescott is a good, but not top 10 QB. Early in games, when defenses are playing tight coverage, Prescott can’t move the team. After Dallas falls way, way behind and the opponent’s defense backs off, Prescott goes to work getting tons of freebie yards. It’s always too little, way too late, but the stats look impressive.

    He’s not worth $35 million/yr or even $30 million/yr.

  36. When you think of all the talented players the Cowboys have had over the years, the different coaches….the results are always the same. Every year, Dallas has a top five team on paper yet always under achieve. I’m starting to think Jerrah is cursed. Cursed for trying to take credit for what Jimmy Johnson accomplished.

  37. Mike Nolan is transitioning from Marinelli’s 4-3 defense to his 3-4 hybrid. Without any preseason games, it’ll take time for his defense to get everything right. But as we’ve seen from all his stops as DC, he’s always turned around a bad defense into a Top 10-12 with a year.

    No need to panic.

  38. Even after the officials decided to call no false start penalties against the Cowplops, they just couldn’t close the deal. BTW, that cold, dead hand around Dak’s throat belongs to Mr Marcelo.

  39. The Cowboys are a fairly bad football team….but there are 3 worse teams in their division. Sorry Dallas, Trevor Lawrence isnt happening.

  40. arwiv says:
    October 4, 2020 at 7:54 pm
    The Cowboys are a fairly bad football team….but there are 3 worse teams in their division. Sorry Dallas, Trevor Lawrence isnt happening.
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    OK, but they will keep trying.
    Seriously, I’m seeing a path to Dak going to the Saints when Brees retires.
    He will be back in his home state and the Cowboys who developed him will be
    holding an empty bag.

  41. After a loss, there are thousands of pointed fingers. My finger points to Goodell for having Randy Gregory sit for a year. Reinstating him and then making him sit for another 7 games. The Boys sure could use an extra edge rusher. Oh, and my seond finger is toward DeMacus Lawrence – after the mega contract he now has 0.5 sacs after 11 games.

  42. Tomorrow Cowboys fans will get to hear the “pad levels” speech from McCarthy. I’ve never liked the Cowboys, being a Packers fan, but I do feel bad for you guys having to put up with McCarthy not having a clue.

  43. dak had 227 yards passing when his team fell behind by 27. all the empty calorie stats beyond that are for the fantasy geeks. just proves stats are for losers. just like about half of last years stats

  44. adamb182 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 8:05 pm
    Atleast the eagles have all kinds of injuries. What is the Cowboys excuse?
    ________________________________________________________________________________________
    That’s the Eagles excuse every year.
    The Cowboys O-Line has been decimated with injuries.
    Along with Linebackers and D Backs.
    But they don’t use it as an excuse because most teams are banged up.

  45. The cowboys defense was bad when they were healthy. Now it’s really bad. Cowboys fans and the media drank the “it’s the coaches fault” Kool-aid last year. While he wasn’t great they just weren’t that good as a team. They still aren’t.

  46. Trevor Lawrence is going either to New York (Jets / Giants) or to Texas (Houston / Dallas). 1 Atlanta win separates the four of them

  47. I don’t care what year this is, a team with the mystique and glamor of the Cowboys is never to lose at home to the Cleveland Browns

  48. What a spot JJ is in: Dak is doing enough now to win games, so maybe paying him isn’t a bad idea (though not Mahomes money). On the other hand, that money needs to be seriously invested in at least getting a mediocre defense.

  49. The game wasn’t as close as the score indicated and the Browns D should’ve had 2-3 more INTs. It wasn’t a good look for the Browns D in the 4th quarter, but I think they were worn out.

    The Browns have a 20 year culture of bad ownership and instability. It takes a tremendous amount to overcome that – if they even can under the current bad ownership. Hopefully they keep improving and Haslam stays out of the way (which he hasn’t proven he’s capable of).

  50. tm05 says:
    October 4, 2020 at 5:03 pm
    Cowboys are scoring enough points to win these games. Dak isnt the problem at all.

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    You must not have watched the Rams game when Dak had a chance to win the game and turtled up.

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