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‘DPOY Bland!’ Philadelphia Eagles Darius Slay Picks Dallas Cowboys CB Daron Bland for Postseason Award - Tim Kelly, Fan Nation

Bland is even making division rivals take notice.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys are at the forefront of the races for the top spot both in the NFC East and NFC as a whole, but as far as cornerback Darius Slay is concerned, real recognizes real.

Slay — a five-time Pro Bowler — praised Dallas cornerback DaRon Bland for setting a new NFL record with five interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same season, as the Cowboys throttled the Washington Commanders 45-10 in a Thanksgiving win on Thursday. Bland, in the estimation of Slay, has earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor this season.

“DPOY Bland right now ... it shouldn’t even be a debate,” Slay said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

While Bland’s name unquestionably deserves to be mentioned in regards to the award, he still faces an uphill battle to win it. Since 2011, the only secondary player to be voted Defensive Player of the Year was cornerback Stephen Gilmore in 2019 with the New England Patriots. Ironically, Gilmore is now a teammate of Bland with the Cowboys.

McCarthy details offensive explosiveness of Turpin - Patrik Walker, DallasCowboys.com

Turpin's role is starting to increase.

It was a master class of scheming by McCarthy and execution by Prescott, Turpin and others (e.g., Brandin Cooks forcing the cornerback to pick his poison) that rewarded Turpin with his third receiving touchdown of the season.

“The post route he runs, you can’t run it any better,” said McCarthy of the play. “His angle, his stride, his timing are all stress that he puts on the safety and then you can see the safety react off of Brandin — going off the redline — I think that’s a clear picture of the details and the specifics that Turp is playing with right now.”

In all, he’s delivered four offensive TDs for the Cowboys through 11 games after being zeroed out offensively in 2022. For perspective, he was targeted as a receiver only twice last season.

“He’s gonna continue to grow and he’s done a really good job in that receiver’s room,” McCarthy added. “I’m really proud of that young man.”

Commanders DC Jack Del Rio Fired by Ron Rivera After Blowout Loss to Cowboys - Adam Wells, Bleacher Report

Dallas didn't just win on Thanksgiving, they forced guys into unemployment.

Amid questions about Ron Rivera’s status with the Washington Commanders, it turns out defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was among the first two members of the coaching staff to be fired.

Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer were fired on Friday after a 45-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the moves. Rapoport noted Rivera will likely handle play-calling duties going forward.

There was speculation that Rivera might be fired if the Commanders suffered a blowout loss to the Cowboys.

Rapoport reported on Thursday morning “the goal” for Washington’s new ownership group, led by Josh Harris, has always been to give Rivera the entire season before making any decisions about the future.

Is it still a penalty if Cowboys’ Micah Parsons draws it? Not vs. Commanders - Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News

This has been an issue when it comes to Parsons for quite some time.

Micah Parsons was visibly frustrated at times Thursday when not drawing a penalty against the Washington Commanders.

Upon review, he had reason to be.

The Dallas Morning News watched the All-22 coaches’ film of the 64 defensive snaps Parsons took in the Cowboys’ 45-10 win. Conservatively, there seemed a strong argument for a drawn flag on five plays, including four for holding. While some missed calls are inevitable and these obviously had no influence on the game result, the subject bears highlighting given the importance of officiating to balance the attention Parsons receives each week.

Cowboys: Dak Prescott explains why iconic celebration was a big deal - Mauricio Rodriguez, AtoZ Sports

It all makes sense now.

After Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott found KaVontae Turpin for a 34-yard touchdown to push the scoreboard up to 38-10 in the fourth quarter, the team pulled out one of the most memorable celebrations we’ve seen.

Turpin jumped right into the Salvation Army red kettle and took out a bag of turkey legs which Jake Ferguson and Prescott started to eat immediately afterward. In fact, Ferguson was one of the first ones there because it was his idea, per multiple reporters.

“Team effort, team idea,” Prescott told reporters with a smile after another great game. “We talked about it, it was probably a two, three-day process. Whether it’d be a 15-yard play. Whether the coach would accept it, and I tell you, I actually go talk to the coach before every game. And sure enough, I caught him as he was talking to Jerry (Jones), and so I mentioned it. And of course, Jerry liked it.”

At that point, Prescott was named in charge of making sure the Cowboys were up by enough points for the celebration not to backfire.

“The first touchdown to CeeDee (Lammb) and the following two-point conversion, if you watch, I’m kind of like, ‘Is it time? Can we do it?’ I’m like, ‘No, we’ll get another one.’ And sure enough, right after the one to (KaVontae Turpin), was like, yeah, let’s go for it.”

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