NFL Week 14 Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys 27, Houston Texans 23

Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texansat AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t pretty on a number of levels, but a win is a win. The Dallas Cowboys are now winners of four straight, staying within striking distance of the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East crown following a 27-23 win over the Houston Texans in Week 14.

Offensive spotlight: That was as shaky a performance as we’ve seen from Dak Prescott since Week 1. He finished 24-of-39 for 284 yards with a score and two picks. He completed only six passes targeted more than 10 yards downfield, as the Texan's defense did a good job putting a cap on the Cowboys' passing game.

Defensive spotlight: Not often do you leave a game saying Leighton Vander Esch was the best Cowboys defender, but that was the case Sunday. He led all players in the game with 14 tackles and seven stops. He was a man possessed against the Texans' ground attack. 

Rookie spotlight: After a multi-pick performance a week ago, DaRon Bland once again played stellar football at cornerback for the Cowboys. He was targeted only once on 27 coverage snaps and allowed one catch for seven yards. Bland added a coverage stop, as well. Not bad for a rookie fifth-rounder. 

Offensive line spotlight: In a matchup of two of the league’s best at their respective positions, Laremy Tunsil handily won his matchup with Micah Parsons. On 30 pass-blocking snaps, the Texans' left tackle didn’t allow a single pressure on the day. It was Tunsil’s seventh game this season in which he didn’t allow a pressure.

Box Score

Passing
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Jeff Driskel 9.12 4 / 6 38 6.3 1 0
Davis Mills 6.2 16 / 21 175 8.3 0 1
Dallas Cowboys
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int
Dak Prescott 15.66 24 / 39 284 7.3 1 2
Rushing
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Amari Rodgers 16 1 3 3 0 3
Dameon Pierce 12.8 22 78 3.5 1 24
Jeff Driskel 9.12 7 36 5.1 0 10
Davis Mills 6.2 1 2 2 0 2
Dare Ogunbowale 2.1 1 -3 -3 0 -3
Rex Burkhead 1.2 2 -3 -1.5 0 -1
Eno Benjamin 0.1 3 1 0.3 0 4
Dallas Cowboys
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long
Tony Pollard 22.2 10 42 4.2 1 18
Ezekiel Elliott 17.1 15 62 4.1 1 25
Dak Prescott 15.66 6 23 3.8 0 9
Receiving
Houston Texans
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Chris Moore 25.4 11 10 124 11.3 0
Amari Rodgers 16 5 4 57 11.4 1
Phillip Dorsett 3.8 3 2 18 6 0
Dare Ogunbowale 2.1 2 2 4 2 0
Jordan Akins 1.5 2 1 5 2.5 0
Rex Burkhead 1.2 1 1 5 5 0
Dallas Cowboys
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD
Tony Pollard 22.2 5 4 20 4 1
Ezekiel Elliott 17.1 5 3 19 3.8 0
Dalton Schultz 14.7 10 6 87 8.7 0
Noah Brown 12.5 6 4 85 14.2 0
CeeDee Lamb 8.3 6 5 33 5.5 0
Michael Gallup 6 6 2 40 6.7 0
James Washington 0 1 0 0 0 0

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