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Second Thought: There are many high praises to go around

ARLINGTON Texas – Three consecutive wins for the Cowboys – all with Cooper Rush starting. It’s the Cowboy’s defense that is carrying them this season without Dak Prescott.

For the first time, the Cowboys defeated the Commanders. They won 25-10 on defense.

After the game, here’s a quick analysis by the Cowboys’ writers:

Nick Eatman – I’m happy to report that this game went as planned. It was expected to be difficult early on, but this bend-but don’t-break defense is barely even bending as much. Micah Parsons is not the only one who is getting home. The rest of the pass-rushers, too, are also getting home. Trevon Diggs was a great player. He always does that against Washington. Overall, though, this defense looks terrible. The offense is doing its job and special teams performed well, particularly with Brett Maher’s made field goals. It took four quarters for the Commanders to see that the Cowboys were clearly superior to their counterparts.

Patrik Walking: This was a winnable game for the Cowboys. They were able, despite being beaten up at times, to bully Carson Wentz into a poor game. It was skewed by a touchdown, a lot of late-game yardages, and the contest was out of reach. The Cowboys moved to 3-1. Trevon Diggs scored his second interception in consecutive games. He also made two crucial pass breakups. Wentz was left in the dust while the defense stayed in Wentz’s face. While Diggs was trying to stop Terry McLaurin, Diggs’s second interception in as many games. However, his offensive counterparts were delighted to see Michael Gallup return. He made his presence known immediately. The Cowboys gained momentum with Gallup’s touchdown. Dallas had a lead that they would never lose. Cooper Rush became the Cowboys’ first-ever QB to win four consecutive starts, thanks to big games from Noah Brown and CeeDee Lamb. There was no shortage in contributions from key players and role players. Brett Maher ensured special teams were involved in the final outcome of the game, which saw Dallas beat their bitter foe in each phase.

Rob Phillips The Cowboys’ two previous wins were influenced by the run game. While it’s possible to argue that Sunday’s win against Washington was not the case, they ran only 62 yards per game and averaged 2.1 yards per carrying, that doesn’t reflect the bigger picture. Kellen Moore, the offensive coordinator, was persistent again with it — 29 attempts — and the threat to the run opened up plays further downfield like Noah Brown’s 45-yard catch in the third quarter which led to a field goal. Cooper Rush, the quarterback, said that “Everything is based on the run game.” This is something that the offense needs and wants to continue after Dak Prescott’s thumb injury.



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