Cowboys are above .500 for the first time in coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure at 2-1
ARLINGTON, Texas – After the Dallas Cowboys defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the 1992 NFC championship game, then-coach Jimmy Johnson left a saying that has transcended generations:
‘How about those Cowboys?’
After receiving his Hall of Fame ring at halftime on Monday, Johnson returned to the famous saying that has delighted fans.
After a 41-21 Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles, how about these Cowboys? In fact.
The quarterback Dak Prescott, played his first game at AT&T Stadium since sustaining a fracture Compound and a dislocated right ankle last October, he completed 21 of 26 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 95 yards and scored twice on the ground in the first half for the second time in the past four seasons. It is the seventh time in nine games that Elliott has at least 95 rushing yards against the Eagles. His backup Tony Pollard had 60 yards on 11 carries a week after rushing for 109 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Cowboys defense had two ball recoveries, including a 59-yard interception returned for a touchdown. by cornerback Trevon Diggs on the third play of the second half to increase the Cowboys’ lead to 20 points.
In the first half, the Cowboys allowed three first downs and 121 yards.
Diggs’ interception to score was the first ‘pick-six’ of the Cowboys since 2017, ending the second-longest drought in the NFL. It was the Cowboys’ eighth ball recovery in three games. How different is this defense? The Cowboys did not record 8 turnovers in 2020, until Game 10.
With all this, the Cowboys are above .500 for the first time in coach Mike McCarthy’s tenure at 2-1. It is the first time since Week 12 of the 2019 season that the Cowboys have been above .500 (6-5 after a loss to the New England Patriots) and the first time a team led by McCarthy has been above. of .500 since October 15, 2018, when the Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco to improve to 3-2-1.
Believe in Trevon Diggs: the second-year cornerback has lined up against Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and DeVonta Smith and has stood his ground. With his interception in the third quarter, he became the first Cowboy to record a ‘pick-six’ in each of the first three games of a season since Everson Walls in 1985. In three career games against the Eagles, he has four interceptions. And with his touchdown, he tied his brother, Bills catcher Stefon Diggs, in touchdowns so far this season.
Promising trend: The Cowboys opened with a touchdown on their first possession for the second straight week. They had gone 20 games without a touchdown on their starting possession, and now they are on a streak for the first time since weeks 13-14 in 2019. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore interviewed for the Eagles’ head coach vacancy in the winter. He showed them what could have been with his playcalling on Monday.