After starting the season 2-7, the Dallas Cowboys are 6-9 with a 3-game winning streak and in position to win the NFC East.
The Dallas Cowboys are truly the epitome of a wild and crazy 2020 NFL season. After losing franchise quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending ankle injury, the Cowboys went 1-6, boasted the worst defense in the league, and were staring down the barrel of a top-3 draft pick.
Plus, the Cowboys had lost the majority of their All Pro offensive line to injures, so the sky had definitely fallen and rumors were swirling about head coach Mike McCarthy not finishing his first season as the Cowboys head coach.
Yes, most of Cowboys Nation was rooting for their beloved team to lose out and either draft a quarterback like Trevor Lawrence or trade it for a boatload of draft capital.
Well, that’s no longer the case because the Cowboys got hot and are in prime position to not only win the NFC East title, but possibly get an upset victory if/when they make the playoffs (Washington Football Team has to lose to the Philadelphia Eagles, too).
Although Dallas has beaten lesser teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, and the Eagles, Dallas’ offense scored 30, 41, and 37 points in those games. But the one thing that stands out more than anything else during Dallas’ three-game winning streak is the outstanding play of its defense.
For all of the critics that want to downplay Dallas’ competition, let’s be mindful that same competition beat the Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cardinals in the last few weeks.
The defense has forced 10 turnovers during that span, and Dallas’ offense has taken advantage of those turnovers. Who would have ever thought of Dallas’ defense having the most turnovers in the league during its three-game stretch. Nobody predicted Dallas’ defense becoming a turnover machine.
A high scoring offense combined with an opportunistic defense that creates turnovers is a proven formula to beat any team on any given Sunday. Regardless of the inferior opponents Dallas’ has beaten, the formula doesn’t discriminate because Dallas straight up beat them because of it- especially against their hated rival, the Eagles.
Down 14-3, Andy Dalton and his offensive weapons outscored the Eagles 34-3 the rest of the game to put those buzzards out of the playoffs. But the defense intercepted two passes, forced and recovered a fumble, and did the unthinkable by sacking and containing Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts The fact that the defense stopped Hurts speaks volumes about the improvement of the defense.
Since Hurts has taken over for the woeful Carson Wentz, the rookie quarterback has played outstanding by beating the New Orleans Saints, losing a close game to the the Arizona Cardinals and playing decent against Dallas. Just last month, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completely dominated Dallas’ defense.
So Dallas’ defense deserves much credit for stopping the red hot Hurts.
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For all of the critics that want to downplay Dallas’ competition, let’s be mindful that same competition beat the Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cardinals in the last few weeks. The Saints and Steelers are playoff bound, with the Cardinals in position to make the playoffs.
This is why Dallas has a really good chance of dismantling the New York Giants on Sunday in a must win game because everything is clicking at the right time. Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory are wrecking havoc with the pass rush (forcing fumbles along the way) and the secondary is picking off passes. Dallas’ defense has tallied seven sacks, recovered six fumbles and recorded four interceptions, and faces a Giants team that gave up six sacks to the Ravens.
I’m not predicting Dallas to go on a Super Bowl run or anything of that nature because the defense still needs to fix its running game woes.
But for the first time all season, Dallas’ offense and defense are clicking at the right time, and when that happens, anything can happen, even if its shocking the world and winning a playoff game.
- Published on 12/31/2020 at 13:01 PM
- Last updated at 12/31/2020 at 10:32 AM