Cowboys roll past Panthers for third straight win

Dak Prescott threw for four touchdowns and the Dallas Cowboys used a big third quarter to pull away in a 36-28 victory against the visiting Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas.Ezekiel Elliott gained 143 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown as the Cowboys (3-1) won their third game in a row.The outcome halted the best start to a season since 2015 for Carolina (3-1), which had extra time to prepare following its last game Sept. 23.Prescott finished 14-for-22 for 188 yards.Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, who ran for touchdowns from 1 and 11 yards, went 26-for-39 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was intercepted on consecutive third-quarter possessions as the Cowboys took control.Darnold’s second touchdown throw to DJ Moore with 4:31 left gave the Panthers a chance, but they never got the ball back.The Cowboys went ahead on their first possession of the second half when Prescott and Amari Cooper connected for a 35-yard touchdown play.Just 3 1/2 minutes later, Prescott’s 6-yard pass to Dalton Schultz helped the Cowboys stretch the margin to 26-14, though a two-point conversion pass failed.It was 33-14 after Prescott threw a 23-yard strike to Cedrick Wilson. Greg Zuerlein’s field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter expanded the lead.