Cowboys vs. Washington: 3 things before Thanksgiving clash

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Dallas Cowboys, Andy Dalton
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) /

1. I was wrong about Andy Dalton

In one of our more recent conversations, I basically said that I thought Garrett Gilbert should have been given the opportunity to keep starting, as he had looked more fluid and explosive for this offense during his time. I’m not afraid to say this.

Boy … was I wrong. Not only did Andy Dalton prove he’s the best option for this team right now on Sunday, but he did with a little extra mph, almost a personal “shut the heck up” to all of us out here saying that he didn’t still have it.

He wasn’t Dan Marino out there or anything, but he was efficient, explosive, and energizing. He didn’t waste a ton of chances and even on his interception by Eric Kendricks, that was more about Kendricks making an amazing play than Andy Dalton making a mistake.

The Red Rifle (he earned this with Sunday’s performance) put it right where he needed to put it, behind the already committed defender in the window where the tight end would be. Kendricks made a play that linebackers typically don’t make.

Heck, I can’t promise you that Kendricks could make that same play 6/10 times. It was just that good of a play.

That is the first thing though. Andy Dalton is the right guy and perhaps the best backup in the league as Jerry stated but lastly and most importantly, I was completely wrong in doubting that.