The Dallas Cowboys won a football game on Sunday. It really happened.
It was a wild experience against the Minnesota Vikings and the group managed to even put up over 30 points.
There were winners (THE DALLAS COWBOYS AMONG THEM!) and losers, of course. Here is our official list. Let’s begin.
Winner: DeMarcus Lawrence
Some have felt like DeMarcus Lawrence has needed to do more for the Dallas Cowboys as he got a big-time contract from the organization last year. There is a focus on things like sack numbers and while those are certainly important, they don’t tell the whole story.
Tank was everywhere throughout this game and went at Minnesota from multiple spots along the defensive line. There is no question that he is someone who generates pressure and disrupts opposing offenses.
What’s more is that Lawrence even recovered a fumble for the Cowboys (one that Jaylon Smith took away and was able to pick up more yards on the return with). He is always around the ball. That’s what you want to see.
Winner: CeeDee Lamb
It is hard not to imagine what CeeDee Lamb would be doing this season if he had stable quarterback play. Why is that the case? Take a look at the type of talent that he possesses.
It was Minnesota’s rookie WR Justin Jefferson that entered this game with much of the fanfare, but Lamb has had to deal with rotating quarterbacks. There is no question about the Lamb’s future, he is on his way to becoming the superstar that we all envisioned on draft night.
Seriously. This is unreal.
Winner: Donovan Wilson
Have the Dallas Cowboys finally found a legitimate option at safety?! We have been hurt before when asking this question but it is fair to wonder if this time is possibly for real.
It has taken far too long for Donovan Wilson to see legitimate playing time with the Cowboys, but he is quickly making his mark. He delivered one of the bigger hits that we have seen in some time on the league’s current rushing leader, Dalvin Cook, and forced a turnover that at the time was his second forced one of the day.
To be fair to the process, we all went through this with Xavier Woods a few years ago. If there has ever been a lesson learned as far as counting chickens before they hatch roster-wise for the Cowboys it is at the safety spot, but it is certainly fair to be excited about Wilson’s future.
Winner: Kellen Moore
We continued to see legitimate signs of life from the Dallas Cowboys offense in this game and a lot of that credit belongs to offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
It is no secret that the team is trying to make lemonade out of lemons and a lot of it was refreshing. We saw a mix of things from CeeDee Lamb, Amari Cooper, and Tony Pollard as noted, and we had a particularly fun play on the two-point conversion that the team pulled off.
Things were bleak for the Cowboys right after Dak Prescott went down. It seems that the group has put things together and managed to play some respectable football, and they are finally starting to take hold.
Winner: Andy Dalton
Entering this game there were a lot of people who disagreed with the idea to play Andy Dalton at quarterback. This was a fair posture to have given the way that Garrett Gilbert seemed to inject life in the team against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The coaching staff clearly had an idea of what they wanted to do though and Andy Dalton justified them on Sunday afternoon. After returning from both a concussion and spot on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Dalton not only helped win the game, but led a game-winning drive at the end.
This was a great moment for Andy Dalton and the Cowboys. There are a lot of people who want to see this team tank, but any day that the Cowboys win is a good day.
Loser: Michael Gallup
While we were treated to stellar performances from both CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, the third leg of the Cowboys wide receiver tripod could not give the team equal legs to stand on.
Let’s be clear in noting that Michael Gallup has made far more incredible catches than he has not for the Cowboys, but Sunday in Minnesota saw him come up short in some instances. He had two costly drops that simply cannot happen and he has a career history to this point that makes it fair for expectations of him to be very high.
You can’t always be in your fifth gear. Due to the offense’s struggles and rotation of quarterbacks we haven’t seen a lot of Gallup lately. He had a big catch late in the game that kept the game-winning drive alive, but it would be nice to see him make those earlier catches.
Loser: Dorance Armstrong
Not everybody can be DeMarcus Lawrence and it is clear that Dorance Armstrong is not.
The Minnesota Vikings definitely took advantage of Armstrong and had levels of success against him, although Armstrong did pick up a facemask penalty which is technically a win.
Dallas continues to leave Armstrong active over Bradlee Anae which is curious to say the least. The staff has talked up his play before, but it isn’t totally living up to that idea when he shows up on the field.
Loser: Chidobe Awuzie
To be fair here this was Chido’s first game back since Week 2 and it’s not like you can properly simulate NFL competition when hurt or on the practice field. It is obviously difficult to return after such an absence and not have skipped a beat.
The problem is that even if Chido hadn’t skipped a beat it’s not like he was playing at an all-world level earlier this season, but he is the team’s best veteran cornerback. Chido got picked on a lot by Kirk Cousins (think about that sentence) and was a continual point of weakness for the defense.
It is stating the obvious to say that this secondary is in need of a rebuild. Perhaps Awuzie returns on a one-year, prove-it deal of sorts, but he certainly has a lot left to prove.
Loser: Rashard Robinson
Rashard is the one listed as the loser here, but you could put this one on the Cowboys coaching staff. What do you expect throwing someone of Robinson’s pedigree (no offense intended) against some solid wide receivers in Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson?
It was Adam Thielen who absolutely cooked Robinson late in the game and again, that is to be expected from someone of the receiver’s caliber. Obviously the Cowboys are dealing with injuries and don’t exactly have All-Pros sitting on the bench to toss in, but there simply has to be a better option. Kudos to Robinson for some nice coverage at the end on Thielen, though.
Loser: Anthony Brown
What does it say that over half of the losers all play in the secondary? It is clearly not a good time back there for this team.
After the Cowboys took a lead in the fourth quarter (what a time to be alive) they did the most dangerous thing possible for them... they went to play defense.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins saw the matchup that he wanted, a rookie wide receiver against Anthony Brown, and took advantage of it to the tune of the go-ahead touchdown. It was the latest error of the day for Brown and his fellow secondary members and it was a large reason why things were as contentious as they were.