Control the clock
Dak Prescott’s ability to make plays with his arm should worry the Browns. Through three weeks, the Browns haven’t had to deal with that. Lamar Jackson toasted them, sure, but he’s not a Top-20 passer in the NFL, Joe Burrow is still figuring out the NFL game and Dwayne Haskins should be riding the pine pony. As a passer goes, this is the first Pro Bowl-caliber talent the Browns have faced all year.
Keeping Prescott off the field as much as possible should be priority one. That means long drives, a lot of ISO up the middle, and attacking the middle of the Cowboys defense. The offense staying on the field is going to be the best way to avoid getting gouged in the secondary. With the injuries still plaguing the Browns and Greedy Wiliams out yet again, the Browns defense potentially can’t hang with the Cowboys offense if they allow Prescott to carve them up.
Luckily for the Browns, they have a great offensive line for running the ball, a great tight end and fullback to help make holes, and two high-caliber running backs who can advance the chains. That type of running game is going to be paramount in holding off Prescott’s league-leading the passing attack.