They can’t always be pretty, but a win is a win in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys were able to do just enough to squeak by the New England Patriots Sunday afternoon, however, it took a late touchdown in overtime to do it. In so doing, they improve to 5-1 on the season and head into their bye week on a five-game win streak.
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Sloppiness was abundant for the Cowboys in Week 6. They did some good things, but they also did a lot of bad things and it nearly cost them what should’ve been a relatively easy victory. There is definitely plenty to digest from this game during the bye week, but for now let’s talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly from this matchup.
THE GOOD - CeeDee Lamb
Randy Gregory’s second multi-sack game? Trevon Diggs’ pick six and sixth consecutive game with an interception? No, the good from the Week 6 matchup with the New England Patriots goes to the player who was clutch when his number was called, CeeDee Lamb.
Lamb put the Dallas Cowboys on his back Sunday afternoon to help lead them to victory. He caught nine passes for 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns, the last of which sealed the game for the Cowboys. He also set the Cowboys up for Greg Zuerlein’s game-tying field goal at the end of regulation with a 24-yard catch. He’s a stud and continues to live up to that No. 88 jersey.
THE BAD - Missed opportunities/penalties/turnovers
Honestly, the Dallas Cowboys had no business winning this week. They did everything they possibly could to gift wrap this game for the New England Patriots. They continually shot themselves in the foot with penalties, turnovers, and missed opportunities from the start. As such, they were extremely fortunate to get the “W”.
Two turnovers in the red zone, a missed field goal, a dozen penalties, and overall just poor play made this a much closer game than it should’ve been. The Cowboys would’ve been in complete control of this game pretty much from the get-go if not for all of the mistakes. Hopefully they can clean things up in the bye week.
THE UGLY - Perseverance to win “ugly” over the Patriots
Not all wins are pretty ones. Sometimes it takes these ugly victories to put things in perspective. For what it’s worth, a lot can be learned from sloppy games like the Cowboys played Sunday afternoon against Patriots. That’s especially true considering their heading into their bye week.
The Cowboys know how talented they are, but may have started to get a little too overconfident. Their perseverance to overcome and outlast a less-talented team on their home turf can be viewed as a positive. That could help them put things in perspective moving forward. Hopefully, it’s something they take to heart while they rest and recuperate during their bye week.