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The best Cowboys players from Week 17, according to PFF

There were several big games from the Cowboys stars against Detroit

Detroit Lions v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Cowboys have now finished their season with a perfect record at home, an impressive feat that was by no means easy to accomplish. The Lions made it hard on them too, as Dallas scraped by 20-19. They needed big games from their best players and got that in spades. Here are the highest graded players from the game, according to Pro Football Focus.

The offensive stars shined bright

The final score didn’t really reflect it, especially given the high expectations that have been set for the Cowboys at home, but the offense had a great game against the Lions. It wasn’t perfect, and some untimely turnovers prevented a bigger offensive explosion, but the Texas Coast was doing its thing on Saturday.

WR CeeDee Lamb - 81.1

CeeDee Lamb had a night to remember. He caught 13 passes for 227 yards and a touchdown, breaking Michael Irvin’s franchise records for single season receptions and yards. Lamb had a ridiculous 124 yards after the catch, and over half of his catches went for either a first down or touchdown.

WR Brandin Cooks - 77.6

Brandin Cooks had a sneaky good day. He was targeted eight times and caught five of them for 60 yards and the go-ahead touchdown. He led the team in average depth of target (22.3 yards) by a wide margin, and his mere five yards after after the catch reflects how much Cooks was used as a deep threat in this game. All but one of his receptions went for a first down, too.

QB Dak Prescott - 77.2

Dak Prescott was dealing in this game, completing 68.4% of his passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. His 92-yard bomb to Lamb will go down in the history books, but Prescott had plenty of other great throws despite being pressured on 34.1% of his dropbacks. He did throw an interception, which hurts his overall player grade, but Prescott was a main reason why the Cowboys won this game.

Defense gets back in the takeaway rhythm

The Cowboys had gone two straight weeks without generating a takeaway on defense, which is rare for them: the last time they did so in consecutive weeks was Weeks 8-9 in the 2021 season. That changed this week, as the Cowboys picked off Jared Goff twice and generally fared well against this explosive offense.

S Donovan Wilson - 89.8

Donovan Wilson has been coming on lately, and he had a great game against the Lions. He made a diving catch to intercept Goff in the fourth quarter, helping him to earn a team high 88.8 coverage grade.

iDL Chauncey Golston - 89.1

Chauncey Golston doesn’t usually play enough snaps to make a noticeable impact, but he was getting lots of run this week and responded with a great game. Golston’s three pressures were tied for third on the team, and he also made contributions in run defense as well.

CB Jourdan Lewis - 87.4

Jourdan Lewis easily had the best game of his season. No other defender was targeted more than his seven passes, but Lewis only allowed four completions for a meager 26 yards. He also showed off his elite anticipation by intercepting Goff on a screen pass.

EDGE Micah Parsons - 73.3

Micah Parsons didn’t have a typical Micah Parsons game, but he still made an impact. He led the team with five pressures, though he failed to record a sack. Still, Parsons was all over the offensive backfield, opening things up for others.

EDGE DeMarcus Lawrence - 72.3

DeMarcus Lawrence has been on a hot streak lately, and while his three pressures in this one may not have been all that impressive for his standards, Lawrence once again did elite work in run defense. He had three run stops and recorded a negative average depth of tackle. Lawrence is dominating against the run right now.

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