Sometimes after a game like the Cowboys 49-38 loss to the Browns. its hard to look at the positives. Dallas has tanked the first quarter of the 2020 season and that has everyone who has a rooting interest in the Cowboys in a foul mood. Still, we’re going to look for a silver lining by handing out a game ball.
There were a few candidates, and they all reside on the offensive side of the ball.
You could make a case for Dak Prescott with his 502 yards and four touchdowns. He has become the first person to throw for 450+ yards in three consecutive games. He did as much as he could to bring the Cowboys back and almost got them there. On the other hand, we have to remember his fumble in the pocket (not entirely his fault, we understand) that accelerated the Cowboys downfall. He also had quite a few passes that were strong candidates for interceptions. Prescott had a very good game, but we’re going to look elsewhere in this case.
Amari Cooper is another good candidate. He had 12 catches for 134 yards and a touchdown, and he ran in a two-point conversion. Cooper is Prescott’s favorite target this year, and so far Cooper hasn’t had the consistency issues that have showed up in previous seasons. He’s off to a very strong start. But we’re passing on him, too.
Instead, we’re going to give the game ball to CeeDee Lamb. This is partially in recognition of a breakthrough for the young rookie - he scored his first touchdown as an NFL receiver. In fact, Lamb scored twice on the day. He also put up 79 yards on five catches and has continued his strong start to his career. Wide receivers are notorious for being slow starters in the NFL, but Lamb has looked like he belonged from the first game.
Lamb has averaged just over 77 yards per game. Extrapolate that to a full season and he would have 1,232 yards as a rookie. That would be phenomenal. Lamb also threw in a 27-yard punt return for good measure that helped Dallas out of a hole.
For his consistency and his breakthrough to the endzone, CeeDee Lamb gets our game ball.