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Cowboys Game Ball is split between an offensive and defensive player

Even in a losing effort, some players stood out for their positive play.

NFL: DEC 16 Cowboys at Colts Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Nobody among the Cowboys fanbase is happy with the team opening the season at 1-2. The two losses have come against two very good teams so far, and the Cowboys have been in both game to the end, but two losses are still two losses. To complicate matters, their lone win came on a miracle against a team that is now 0-3. Bill Parcells used to say “you are what your record says you are”, but it certainly feels like this Cowboys team is an enigma at the moment. You could make a case for them progressing up the ladder or staying a losing team.

Even though they came away with a loss in Seattle, there were some bright spots. The offense put 31 points on the board and in most cases that should win you some football games. They are averaging 29.3 points per game which is tied for seventh in the league. They aren’t quite #Team40Burger, but they can score. And on Sunday, they discovered a new weapon for their offensive arsenal.

Cedrick Wilson gets half a game ball for his performance against the Seahawks.

The Cowboys drafted Wilson in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. The receiver had shown plenty in practice/pre-season scenarios, but has been unable to stay healthy and truly impact a game. Until Sunday. Previous to the Seattle game, Wilson had played in six games during the 2019 season and had amassed five receptions for 46 yards and no touchdowns. On Sunday, he had five receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns.

Wilson had a long of 42 yards and both his touchdowns came on crossing patterns that he turned upfield for long runs to a touchdown. He’s probably not ready to turn the Big 3 (Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb) into the Big 4, but he’s established himself as a guy who can contribute, and is nice depth in case of injury.

The other half of the game ball goes to Aldon Smith.

The Cowboys are getting big returns on their minimal investment into Smith. They assumed a lot of risk in signing him, but through three weeks, he is the Cowboys best defensive player. Against Seattle he had three sacks, two tackles for loss and one pass defensed in an impressive effort. His four overall sacks on the season now leads the NFL. Almost five years out of the game, and he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. The Cowboys may want to think about locking him down for a few more years on an extended contract.