ARLINGTON – Maybe they were motivated by remembering the glory days of the Dallas Cowboys or by the sheer number of figures in franchise history who were in the stadium.
But it was a night of celebrations at AT&T Stadium that closed with a victory as resounding as it had not been seen in a long time against a divisional rival, independent of the 41-21 score that fell short of what happened on the court.
The Cowboys passed the Philadelphia Eagles with an offense that had the luxury of leaving points in the red zone, but that continues to show the explosiveness in the air and on the ground that they were supposed to have before the start of the season.
The big surprise has been the defense, which has struggled to stop, but which provokes deliveries of the ball as rarely seen in the most recent starts of the season and which avoids greater damage when the rivals have approached its end zone.
“This is a good win, a very good game for us,” said head coach Mike McCarthy. “First divisional game. We played some really good football in weeks 1 and 2. But beating a divisional rival by more than two touchdowns is a good win. We are improving and we have a lot of room to grow ”.
This time, the stars were not only the tandem of running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollar, or receivers like CeeDee Lamb or Amari Cooper. More players appeared from both sides of the ball.
Tight end Dalton Schultz continues to grow. Cedrick Wilson once again showed that when he has a chance he can take the toughest balls and score points.
On defense, Micah Parsons continues his swift pace to stardom playing positioned in at least three different positions and being torture to opponents on all sides of the field.
However, the night belonged to cornerback Trevon Diggs, who is slowly becoming the most reliable and stellar secondary defender the Cowboys have, after a torturous season in his rookie year, as he was for most of his teammates. 2020.
Diggs intercepted his third pass in as many games this season and this time he returned it to score. He has intercepted seven passes in his first 15 games as a professional.
“I think they’re getting to know me,” Diggs said after the game. “I think there is still a lot to work on, but I want to show my best football when it has to be done. And if the guys in front put pressure, let them know that I’m back here to solve “.
Diggs excelled in Monday night’s stellar game against Cliff Harris, Drew Pearson and Jimmy Johnson; the last three inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame; all three with championship rings, representing the glory years of the Cowboys, who received a tribute at halftime.
“He brings his inner dog every day,” Parsons said. “Training against CeeDee, Amari, Cedrick, Noah, MG (Michael Gallup) make game day less difficult. Trevon challenges them every day and none of them have a single weakness. You are ready for the moment. He has told me that he will be the best and I do not expect anything less after seeing how he prepares “.
Pearson, Harris and Johnson summoned a score of former Dallas stars, who had fun as long as they couldn’t.
“This was a big win for the team and a hit in the division,” said Emmitt Smith, the leader in yards earned per career in NFL history and a three-time Super Bowl champion. “The defense is improving and Dak is playing better every day”
Barring a fumble, when hit from behind, Prescott led a near-perfect offense of 380 total yards and three touchdown passes, which also included 155 combined yards from Ezekiel Elliott (95) and Tony Pollard (60).
Among the celebrations, it is likely that the most scandalous and standing was for Prescott, since he went out to warm up and during each time he stepped on the field in front of the 93,267 fans who were in the first game of the season at home and since his quarterback suffered the terrible ankle injuries, which left him out since the fifth game last year.
“Yeah, it felt good in every way,” Prescott said. “As they say, it was a complete match. Defensive, offensive, complementary football. Everything in general and we dominate all the way. It was fun. I think that shows the friendship we have created and the culture we want to create in this team. “
The Cowboys have little time to party. On Sunday they host the undefeated Carolina Panthers and their defense that is the best in total yards allowed, against the pass and against the run, and second in points allowed.
“We have to get back to work soon because we are creating momentum and we have to keep rolling,” said Prescott.