Can you believe we’re halfway through the 2017 Dallas Cowboys regular season?
Time sure has flown by. We’ve had wins, losses, drama, injuries, controversies, it’s basically been your average Dallas Cowboys season.
While there is still a lot of work to be done, beginning this Sunday in Atlanta, the Cowboys have a lot to be proud of this regular season thus far.
5-3 is a record many an NFL team would take these days, and it feels like we’ve settled for it. This season really is wild.
What led to that record, though? What are the moments we’ll remember forever? If you made a mix CD of the first half, what songs would go on it?
Here are the top five plays from the first half of this Cowboys season:
Cole Beasley makes the catch of the year on opening day
In the first fourth quarter of the season, with a 13-point lead at their back, the Cowboys looked to Cole Beasley.
It was at this moment that Cole Beasley ordered extra sauce. You know what I’m talking about.
We're still trying to figure out just how Cole Beasley caught this pass...wow pic.twitter.com/jHibYyIS4l— The DFS Masters (@TheDFS_Masters) September 11, 2017
It’s been eight full NFL weeks since and there still isn’t a more amazing catch.
Dak Prescott dives into the endzone in Arizona
After getting shellacked in Denver the week before, the Cowboys were hungry for a win in the desert on Monday Night Football.
Nobody personified this more than quarterback Dak Prescott who went sailing into the endzone, pulling off a flip in the process.
.@DAK flips over #Cardinals defenders for #Cowboys touchdown!— HighlightHub (@HighlightHub_) September 26, 2017
#Dak #Prescott #DallasCowboys #DALvsAZ pic.twitter.com/eGuuSQGue0
If you do a flip, odds are it’s likely a top play.
Later in this same game Dak made one of the sickest throws you’ll ever seen. It was on the run and traveled over 50 yards in the air before Brice Butler brought it down.
Not many QBs better than Dak Prescott when on the run #DALvsAZ pic.twitter.com/3AbJbpHi4u— Cameron DaSilva (@camdasilva) September 26, 2017
Ezekiel Elliott houses it in San Francisco
When you’re up 20-3 in the third quarter against an inferior opponent it’s understandable that you’d sort of be on cruise control. Not worried, but not letting up.
This sort of situation calls for an easy play, call it a screen pass if you will.
The Cowboys did this in San Francisco and Ezekiel Elliott turned on the jets for one of his finest plays as a Dallas Cowboy. Shades of Pittsburgh in 2016.
"Are you kidding me" - @EzekielElliott with a BRILLIANT 7️⃣2️⃣-yard touchdown!— NFL UK (@NFLUK) October 23, 2017
The blocking from the @dallascowboys too #DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/Uz838FmpRj
Earlier in this game, in fact the previous score, Jason Witten showed us why he’s who he is.
Dak Prescott found him near the back of the endzone, and Gold Jacket Witt snagged this thing with one hand like it was no big deal.
Still got it.— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) October 22, 2017
Jason Witten with a one-handed TD grab! #DALvsSF pic.twitter.com/jfhSvo0lwE
Gold. Jacket. Witt.
DeMarcus Lawrence does it all in San Francisco
Amazingly, it’s difficult to pick just one DeMarcus Lawrence play from the season’s first eight games.
You could go a lot of different directions here, but a play where he literally does it all seems to be what fits best.
DeMarcus Lawrence beats Joe Staley, causes fumble, recovers fumble pic.twitter.com/o7VhZ2uMbu— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 24, 2017
One of the first moments Lawrence ever gave us was during the Wildcard Round win over the Detroit Lions his rookie year.
DeMarcus sealed the game with an emphatic sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery of Matthew Stafford. Here he is doing it, three years later, as one of the most formidable defensive players in the league.
Is this real life?!
Tyrone Crawford blocks a field goal and earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors
There are three phases to an NFL game - offense, defense, and special teams.
It’s easy to forget the latter, even though we’ve discussed it ad nauseam with Dan Bailey missing time. It’s not easy for Tyrone Crawford, though.
A few weeks ago the Cowboys desperately needed a win in Washington. Late in the first half, trailing by six, Tyrone Crawford had a massive block that swung the game.
Tyrone Crawford named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking FG vs. Redskins. The 1st Cowboys DL ever to win honor per @RLiuNFL pic.twitter.com/55H7wnUwFg— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 1, 2017
Crawford has played very well over the first half of this season. It’s worth noting that this hasn’t been just defensively. He’s living up to the hype of old, and certainly earning that “C” on his chest.