The Dallas Cowboys’ offense went to a secret weapon in the first quarter Sunday night.
Dak Prescott connected with tight ends Geoff Swaim and Rico Gathers on long gains to set up field goals for a 6-0 lead against the Houston Texans.
The Cowboys led 6-0 at the end of the first quarter but the Texans had the ball inside the Dallas’ 10-yard line to start the second quarter and quickly took a 7-6 lead on Keke Coutee’s one-yard shovel-pass touchdown.
Swaim’s catch on a screen set up a long 43-yard gain as he followed a wall of blockers into Texans’ territory. The drive stalled and Dallas settled for a 27-yard Brett Maher field goal.
Later, Gathers caught a 32-yard pass down to the Houston 30-yard line. Again, however, the Cowboys had to settle for a 48-yard field goal.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott was held to one yard on four rushing attempts in the first quarter.