Thursday was a day that saw bellies and hearts full throughout Cowboys Nation as America’s Team took care of a division rival by a final score of 45-10. Dallas was victorious while aunts and uncles were talking in the background of what will likely be the most-watched game of the year outside of the Super Bowl, and if Thanksgiving was any indication, then Dallas could find themselves in that game, too. Although nobody is trying to get ahead of themselves here.
Truth be told the tryptophan showed up a bit, namely around the third quarter, before the Cowboys woke up and made the score one that Washington wishes to forget. In the spirit of thankfulness and gratitude we are keeping our stock report to a positive variety only, and without anymore rambling we are set to begin.
Stock Up: DaRon Bland
How could we start anywhere else? Mr. Bland has five pick-sixes in 11 games. What!
DARON BLAND RECORD SETTER pic.twitter.com/zuX2mcMENp— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) November 24, 2023
We have mentioned this before, but Bland is now up to 12 interceptions in his first 28 career starts and the last player to do that was his teammate in Trevon Diggs (he had 14). This whole phenomenon is past the point of some cute run or string of coincidences. Bland has a clear knack and ability for taking the ball away and turning it into points.
Stock Up: Tyler Biadasz
I’ll spoil some of this and let you know that there will be a lot of love for the trenches today and I’d like to start at the center of it all, pun intended.
The Cowboys have been rocking and rolling in a lot of ways as of late and there is plenty of credit to go around, but the pivot point of it all starts with what Tyler Biadasz is doing.
As a whole the Cowboys turned in one of their better o-line performances of the season on Thursday and Biadasz was a big reason for that. He is yet another contract that the team is going to have to figure out in the offseason, but we will worry about that in future days.
Stock Up: Dak Prescott
It’s time for everyone to admit that Dak Prescott is playing at an MVP level right now (seriously... why are his odds so low). Prescott was masterful on Thursday and is without question the engine powering this offensive form.
Dak Prescott completed 7 of 12 passes for 189 yards and 3 TDs targeting vertical routes tonight against the Commanders.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) November 24, 2023
Prescott has now thrown 16 TDs targeting vertical routes this season, 14 of which have come since Week 8 (both the most in the NFL).
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The Cowboys are on fire, their offense is humming, and that the person pulling the strings is playing at the highest level that we have ever seen him operate.
Stock Up: Osa Odighizuwa
There was a force in the middle of the Cowboys defensive line on Thursday and its name was Osa Odighizuwa. He provided all sorts of pressure on Commanders quarterback Sam Howell and was continually a nightmare in the run game. He is a candidate for most underrated defender on the team.
Stock Up: Johnathan Hankins
But he has competition and in his position room at that. What a day from Johnathan Hankins!
We are all aware of Hankins’ abilities and prowess in terms of stopping the run, and those qualities were on display against Washington. Johnathan even got on the board in the sack department which is always nice to see, he truly does all of the dirty work in the heart of chaos on defense.
Stock Up: Terence Steele
The early portion of this game saw perhaps the best football that we have seen from Terence Steele this season, namely in the run game. He was absolutely mauling people.
It is no secret that Steele has had his struggles this season but he has started to round a bit more into form as of late. This is obviously a very good thing for the team as a whole and something we all want to see more of.
Stock Up: Tony Pollard
Stock is relative and it had been quite low for Tony Pollard for some time. There were those who felt like his performance in Carolina may have been some sort of empty calories, but Thursday felt far more legitimate.
Pollard ran hard and even ripped off a 27-yard gain at one point. We might be turning a corner here.
Stock Up: Brandin Cooks
It feels like this is what we envisioned in the days of the summer. We always knew that the Cowboys offense with Brandin Cooks as a deep threat would be something to behold and here we are.
Thursday felt like the first time this season where another wideout had to find a way to be the metronome of production, something that nobody was able to do last season. Cooks did that and things prospered as a result.
Stock Up: The Smith Bros.
I’m cheating here by including two with one, but Tyron Smith and Tyler Smith together is incredible to watch.
The clip below is also a bit of a cheat because it highlights Zack Martin who did not make the list. But watch and enjoy nonetheless.
Back to the Smith brothers. I do not mean to bring up sensitive subjects but getting to see them together when it felt like something destined to be a what-if in Cowboys lore feels like the universe making up for never getting to see Tony Romo and Ezekiel Elliott work together. I know, I know, sensitive thing, but this is so great.
On the Tyron thing specifically, I have definitely shared my thoughts on how it may have been time for Dallas to move on but they appear to have found a rhythm that works for everyone involved. More please.
Stock Up: Donovan Wilson
Last but not least, Donovan Wilson was an important enforcer on defense against the Commanders, especially in the absence of Jayron Kearse.
We know all about the power that Dallas has in terms of pass rushers and players up front but having that same sort of boom on the back end goes a long way in terms of the temperature of things.