- The Washington Times
Monday, November 11, 2019

In prime time, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn’t have his best showing. 

After a 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Garrett was heavily criticized for his team’s late-game decision making, choosing to run the ball with Ezekiel Elliott inside the red zone instead of riding Dak Prescott’s hot hand. 

With under five minutes left, down four, the Cowboys began a drive at their-own 26-yard line — and moved the ball effortlessly down the field. Prescott found Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Jason Witten to get to Minnesota’ 11-yard line with 1:57 left. 

That’s when Dallas went to Elliott. 

On second and third down, the Cowboys called two straight runs for Elliott, their $90 million, to try and pick up two yards to get the first down. On the first run, Elliott failed to gain a yard and on his second rushing attempt, he was tackled for a loss of three yards. 

On fourth-and-5, an obvious passing situation, Prescott threw an incomplete pass to Elliott — resulting in a turnover on downs. 

The loss dropped the Cowboys to 5-4 on the season, and commentators were quick to point the finger at Garrett afterward:

Speaking to reporters, Garrett defended the decision afterward.

Prescott finished with 397 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Elliott had 47 yards on 20 carries. 

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