It was far closer than anyone might have hoped for, but the Cowboys found a way to win. They edged out the Seahawks on Thursday night, one of just three one-score games the Cowboys have played all year. This game featured a few signature moments from some of the team’s biggest stars, who stepped up in the biggest moments. Many of those players are reflected in the list of highest graded players by Pro Football Focus.
The offense carried the team to victory
This was a masterclass performance from the Cowboys offense. Most of their big games this year have been blowout wins, but this week saw the offense in a position where they had to score in order to stay in the game, and they answered the call. Dallas scored on every drive in the first half and still trailed at halftime; they also scored on their last three drives of the game to take the lead.
WR CeeDee Lamb - 81.9
CeeDee Lamb finished with a ridiculous 116 yards on 12 receptions. He also logged two carries for 30 yards. The only real indictment of Lamb’s performance were two drops, one of which came on fourth down and another in the endzone. It was still a great game from Lamb, but a player of his stature has to make those extra plays.
TE Jake Ferguson - 78.0
This might be remembered as the Jake Ferguson game in the long run. Ferguson was all over the place, snagging six passes for 77 yards. Four of those receptions went for a first down, helped by his game-high 59 yards after the catch, and Ferguson also caught the go-ahead touchdown. On top of it all, he was a ball of energy for the Cowboys, frequently getting in the face of the Seahawks defenders and letting it be known this team would not back down.
QB Dak Prescott - 77.6
It’s a bit confusing to see Dak Prescott’s grade this low given the performance he put on. Prescott completed 70.7% of his passes for 299 yards with three touchdowns and zero turnovers. That was with four drops on the night, too. Prescott logged two big time throws and zero turnover worthy plays and once again showed how dangerous he can be on the move.
RG Zack Martin - 73.5
This was a vintage Zack Martin performance, as the future Hall of Famer was dominant in all phases of the game. He frequently created holes in the run game and finished the night without a single pressure, the only Cowboys lineman to do so.
LG Tyler Smith - 73.4
Here’s an example of just how dominant Tyler Smith is in the run game: he was the worst graded offensive lineman in pass blocking for this game, giving up four pressures and a sack, but still finished fifth in overall player grade. That’s because he led the team in run blocking grade with an impressive 81.0 grade.
The best defenders stepped up when they needed to
The vaunted Dallas defense was, to put it lightly, not good on Thursday. The only Seahawks drive that didn’t result in points in the first half was due to a missed field goal. Seattle, who came into this game as one of the worst third-down offenses in all of football, converted on nine of their 14 third downs. This poor performance for the unit is reflected by the fact that only four players emerged with a player grade above 70.0, but those players were a big part of the little success the Dallas defense had.
EDGE Micah Parsons - 92.1
Micah Parsons ultimately finished without a sack on the night, but his impact was felt anyway. Parsons led the team with seven pressures and landed three hits on Geno Smith. His most impactful pressure, though, came on that final fourth down when he blew up the play and iced the game. This was a dominant, clutch performance from the Lion.
iDL Osa Odighizuwa - 87.1
Osa Odighizuwa didn’t really flash much in the pass rush this time around, with just one pressure, but he put on a display of how stout he is against the run. Odighizuwa finished with six tackles, and four of them were run stuffs, leading the team. Seattle’s run game was largely bottled up, and Odighizuwa was a big part of that.
EDGE DeMarcus Lawrence - 80.5
Speaking of run defense, DeMarcus Lawrence was all over the place, tying Odighizuwa with four run stuffs. His biggest one came on a fourth down attempt where Lawrence tackled the running back at the line of scrimmage. He also had three pressures on the night, a reminder of just how well-rounded Lawrence’s game is.
iDL - Johnathan Hankins - 72.4
Johnathan Hankins isn’t exactly known for his pass rushing prowess - he has as many pressures this year as rookie Mazi Smith and linebacker Damone Clark - but the veteran run-stuffer was the only Cowboys defender to get a sack in this game. He was also reliable, as always, in run defense with two run stuffs and four tackles.