Dallas Cowboys get inspiring performances from their rookies

Neville Gallimore, Dallas Cowboys, (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Neville Gallimore, Dallas Cowboys, (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys got big plays from their rookie defenders in the win over the Eagles

The Dallas Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive with their 37-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. During the win, the team showed grit after initially falling behind 14-3 after the opening quarter. The Cowboys also got an inspiring performance from their rookie defensive tackle Neville Gallimore.

America’s Team has had a rough season defensively. The team is currently giving up the third-most points per game in the NFL with 30 and is ranked towards the bottom of the league in takeaways. However, Dallas has played better defensively during its three-game winning streak and has managed to begin to force more takeaways.

The defense forced three turnovers in Sunday’s matchup against the Eagles and held their division rivals to their lowest scoring output since they began starting rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts under center. Despite the Cowboys’ struggles containing Hurts on the ground, the team was able to hold the Eagles talented starting running back Miles Sanders to under four yards per rush.

Part of the reason the organization was able to keep the elusive Sanders in check was the performance of Gallimore. The 23-year old defensive tackle has continuously earned more playing time during this season and recorded his first career “half” sack against Philadelphia.

After putting up a season-high in total tackles in the team’s victory over the San Fransisco 49ers last week the young defensive tackle followed that performance up by being apart of an important sack and posting his first career back-to-back performance with a quarterback hit.

America’s Team also got help from another one of their talented, young defenders in cornerback Trevon Diggs. After coming back from a foot injury last week the young cornerback managed to nab his third interception of the season, all against the Eagles.

While both Gallimore and Diggs have struggled at times this season both of them have shown promise in an otherwise disappointing year on the defensive side of the ball. These two young defenders made big plays in the teams’ victory over the Eagles this past Sunday and continue to highlight their potential.

Throw in the two-touchdown performance by first-round wide receiver CeeDee Lamb against Philly as well, and suddenly the Cowboys’ 2020 draft class has their fingerprints all over this big divisional win.

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The Dallas Cowboys may have found multiple potential starters in this year’s draft class. Hopefully, they will continue to show up and make a difference in the Dallas Cowboys’ final game of the season that could determine whether America’s Team defies the odds to win the NFC East.