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The Dallas Cowboys are 12-2 behind some young production. On Sunday, it was another young talent that brought it and shut down the Buccaneers.

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Sullivan: It’s Prescott’s Rodeo, Irving’s Stunning Game Among Thoughts - Jeff Sullivan, Dallas Cowboys
Some of the thoughts that run through an oversized, bald head.

Irving should earn a second NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor, which is kind of mind-boggling considering he’s been mostly mute the other 11 games he’s played in. There is so much potential there. To watch him from the press box in that fourth quarter it was like Lawrence Taylor in Tecmo Bowl. The Buccaneers had no answers. They were double-teaming him every snap on the final possession and he forced two more hurries and a hit. Stunning to witness. Maybe this is the breakthrough.

David Irving Helps Cowboys Get Back To Their Winning Ways, Remain Top Seed In The NFC - Manik Aggarwal, Blogging The Boys
Dallas Cowboys win despite untimely penalties, Jason Witten's uncharacteristic fumble and Dan Bailey's imperfection.

David Irving does not care about drama in December. David Irving cares about game-winning, drive-halting plays to seal a must win for the Dallas Cowboys against a surging Tampa Bay team. The defense as a group forced four turnovers and Irving provided plenty of force to single-handedly disrupt Jameis Winston and stop the Bucs in the fourth quarter after they had a very productive 14 point third quarter.

David Irving played like a legend in final quarter - Todd Archer, ESPN
Irving was a disruptive force against the Bucs, particularly in the fourth quarter, where he played like some former Cowboys greats.

"It was probably a confidence," Irving said. "Confident in my team. Honestly, it’s the team. You feel it. When I feel it, the whole team feels it. ... We feed off each other. We motivate each other. When multiple guys get on the same level, things happen. Things happen."

Jason Garrett: Cowboys will get Randy Gregory ready to play - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, defensive end Randy Gregory is good to go for the final two games of the season and the playoffs.

"Just take his situation day by day," coach Jason Garrett said of Gregory. "He hasn’t played football in a while. Getting out there on practice field and playing football independent of the work he’s been doing with our strength coaches to get himself physically ready to play. He’s got to get himself football ready. We’ll try to take advantage of every opportunity we have over the course of the week."

Youth movement steps up again as Cowboys take another leap forward - Bob Sturm, SportsDay
On Sunday night, the Cowboys needed a performance that could quiet the fears of the masses who couldn't help but be rattled through the first two showings in December.

That doesn't mean Prescott is a bus-driver, either.  For bus-drivers don't engineer nine 400-yard days in a season.  In fact, no QB in Dallas Cowboys history has engineered nine different games of 400 yards -- until this one just did it last night.

Cowboys Expecting Randy Gregory to Practice, Play After Serving Suspension - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys got some unexpected pass rush relief Sunday night from David Irving. But they’d certainly welcome even more help as well.

That means Gregory can practice with the team this week as the Cowboys prepare for the Lions on Monday Night at AT&T Stadium. The team will get an extra practice day, which definitely won’t hurt Gregory, who hasn’t played since last season. He missed all of training camp while being checked into rehab.

Dak And Zeke Report: Cowboys Rookies Played Like Co-MVPs Against The Bucs - VAfan, Blogging The Boys
With pressure building on the 11-2 Cowboys, Dak Prescott bounced back from his worst game to complete nearly every pass, while Zeke had his most productive game of the season.

What a difference a week, and some home cooking, makes! After two shaky games by Dak Prescott on the road against the Vikings’ and Giants’ defenses, Dak came out hot from the opening kick-off and finished the night an incredible 32 of 36, for an 88.8% completion percentage, the second-highest in NFL history for a quarterback throwing more than 30 passes.

Salvation Army sees spike in donations after Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott jumps into red kettle - Darren Rovell, ESPN
The Salvation Army said it took in $182,000 in the 12 1/2 hours after Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott jumped into a red kettle during Sunday night's game against Tampa Bay.

"Let's give Zeke credit for that. It is certainly fun," Cowboys owner, president and general manager Jerry Jones said on Monday. "We have those kettles there because we do want the visibility of reminding everybody, certainly at this time of year, how doing the most good is putting a dollar in that red kettle. To have gotten that attention in front of probably 20 million or so people last night for the Salvation Army was just wonderful."

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones worried about wins, not resting players - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys could have the top-seed in the NFC locked up before they play their next game against the Detroit Lions.

"After that Giant thing, it really sobers you up and it did for the team and everybody else. I don’t want to even think about what we’re doing or not doing the last game consequential or not."

Dez Bryant to fake Dallas Cowboys fans: 'Shut the hell up' - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Get behind Dak Prescott as the Cowboys quarterback or step to the side. That's the message Dez Bryant had for all Cowboys fans after their win over the Buccaneers.

"The guy is phenomenal," Bryant said. "Give him credit. Come on, man, it's one game. Two games in his career. Come on. You can't name too many rookies that went 12-2. Name them. I'll wait. You can't. Fake fans, back up, get back."

The Dallas Cowboys 2016 was a roaring success on, and off, the field - Evan Hoopfer, Dallas Business Journal
Between The Star in Frisco and the emergence of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys will look back on 2016 fondly.

After years of mediocrity followed by a solid 12-4 performance in 2014 and then a lackluster 4-12 season last year, the Dallas Cowboys are finally winning in what looks like sustainable fashion.