The Dallas Cowboys won on Sunday and did so for the fourth week in a row. Life is good with America’s Team right now, and with a matchup this week against the not-who-we’ve-always-known-them-to-be New England Patriots, it’s possible the party will keep going.
Dallas dominated the New York (not so great at) Football Giants and in doing so gave themselves an even stronger grip on the NFC East this season. There were mostly great performances and a few that we would like to see improved upon as soon as possible which brings us to our weekly discussion.
Welcome to winners, losers, and honorable mentions.
Winner: CeeDee Lamb
We were all robbed of seeing CeeDee Lamb at the peak of his powers last year when Dak Prescott went down to injury in the very same game that the team just finished playing. As a result, we didn’t get to see Lamb fully frolic throughout NFC East secondaries.
That was certainly not the case on Sunday. Dak and Lamb connected on a huge 49-yard touchdown that flipped the switch in the right direction for the Cowboys. Lamb is finding himself in this offense and it is fun to see.
Winner: Amari Cooper
This season has brought with it a handful of different ailments for Amari Cooper to battle and he has conquered them all, conquering opponents in the process on a weekly basis.
The Route Runner (as he is known on social media) had his way with the New York Giants and helped the Cowboys ice this game away. Both he and Lamb (along with Cedrick Wilson) have really stepped up in Michael Gallup’s absence and helped the offense continue to run smoothly.
Winner: Jabril Cox
The purpose of this conversation is not to disparage a former linebacker for another team, please keep that in mind. Additionally the purpose here is in no way to celebrate any sort of injury. I hope I speak for all of us in saying we hope all Giants players heal up and do so quickly. All injuries suck.
But the play that Jabril Cox made against Giants quarterback Daniel Jones near the goal line (granted New York scored on the next play) was spectacular. That type of closing speed has been missing from the linebacker group for a long time and seeing it was invigorating.
Winner: Ezekiel Elliott
Define “back” however you want, but however you do, Ezekiel Elliott is back.
Zeke had over 100 yards rushing against New York and hit triple digits for the second straight game. It is the first time since mid-2019 that Elliott has done so in consecutive games.
We have all had words about Ezekiel Elliott but at the end of the day he is simply whatever the Cowboys need him to be. He is a lot of fun to watch and is helping this offensive party keep on moving forward.
Winner: Trevon Diggs
What is there to say at this point? He is defying all sorts of odds.
Trevon Diggs has interceptions in every game this season and is coming even closer to adding to his growing tally. Truth be told, Diggs could/should have had multiple picks in this game. He is playing like the best cornerback in the NFL and is a huge reason for the team’s winning streak.
Honorable Mention: Dak Prescott
His early struggles in this game kept him out of the winner’s circle, but Dak Prescott was marvelous in this game, especially considering the heavy narrative with it being the scene of the crime from the injury that he suffered almost a year ago to the day.
As mentioned there was some settling in that he had to do but once he did Prescott had his way with the Giants. It is insane to consider that we are into his sixth season and that he has only ever lost to this team as a rookie.
He owns them.
Honorable Mention: Micah Parsons
Like Trevon Diggs, we are starting to run out of superlatives for Micah Parsons. Elite is becoming his normal.
Unlike past games, Parsons did have one herculean moment in this contest, but his stable level of play and prowess on defense is keeping the ship afloat in ways that it simply wasn’t last year.
Parsons has changed this defense entirely.
Honorable Mention: Leighton Vander Esch
This past week had to have been a tough one for Leighton Vander Esch with Jaylon Smith’s release as it served as the latest reminder as to how quickly things can change for you in the NFL.
We all know that LVE can be a great player but that he simply hasn’t been reliable enough health-wise to be that guy for sustained periods. Vander Esch shined against the Giants and had a moment late in the game where he notched a TFL and even celebrated in classic Jaylon Smith fashion.
It is nice to see him playing well again.
Loser: First Half Energy
This is admittedly a weird thing to qualify as a loser, but for the second week in a row the Cowboys were flat in the first half (as mentioned with Prescott’s struggles early on).
Thankfully Dallas has been able to overcome it against the likes of Carolina and the Giants, but matters won’t be as easy against better teams later in the season. The Cowboys need to rev up the engine much sooner rather than later.
Loser: Tyler Biadasz
Tyler Biadasz is the only player on this week’s losers list, as the center did not have a great game against the Giants.
To be fair to Biadasz, he is still green in terms of his NFL career, but his flaws are obvious and starting to be picked on with regularity. He is without question the weakest link on this offense and perhaps it is time for the staff to seriously consider another option at center.
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