The Dallas Cowboys Week 10 “A” Honor Roll
Dorance Armstrong Jr, DE
As we highlighted yesterday, Dorance Armstrong had a coming out party against Atlanta on Sunday. After missing five games this season, Armstrong is hitting his stride at the exact moment Dallas needs him the most.
Dallas lost Randy Gregory to injury this week and will likely join DeMarcus Lawrence on IR for the next two-three weeks. Armstrong responded by logging one sack, four pressures, and four tackles on 20 passing downs. Oh yeah, he also got a game sealing punt block that went for a touchdown to close out the first half.
Micah Parsons, LB
While Dorance Armstrong was a pleasant surprise, we’ve come to expect “A” performances from the rookie Micah Parsons. Week after week Parsons shows us why the Dallas Cowboys made him their first round pick last spring and this week was yet again another example.
It’s not often an off-ball linebacker is third in his rookie class in pressures, but Micah Parsons showed us all once again why he’s the most disruptive player in his draft class.
Pro Football Focus has Parsons with a 92.1 pass-rush grade this season. He’s the only rookie above 74 and has the LB pass-rush best score in the entire NFL. If he’s compared to defensive ends, he’d be graded as the third-best pass-rusher coming in just behind Maxx Crosby and Myles Garrett (and just before Randy Gregory).
Jourdan Lewis & Anthony Brown, CB
Trevon Diggs logged his eighth interception of the season, but it’s the other two starting CBs we want to focus on today. Lewis and Brown combined for some lock-down coverage and even pulled a couple interceptions of their own.
On the day, Lewis allowed just one catch for 0 yards on five targets. He had an interception and forced, FORCED, three incompletions. It was arguably his best game as a Dallas Cowboy and hopefully a sign of more things to come.
Note: we’ll dive into the Cowboys CB play more later this week so I’m not going to get too deep into the film review right now. But both Brown and Lewis are playing the best ball of their careers and it’s setting up for a very exciting winter.
Did other players deserve A’s? Sure. Jayron Kearse was brilliant. As was Amari Cooper and La’el Collins. But the players above are the ones we wanted to highlight today and frankly, the entire Dallas Cowboys team deserves recognition and praise for how they responded this week.
Can they keep it up? Big test coming up this week where Dallas finds themselves the underdogs for what will probably be the last time this season.