Dallas Cowboys: 4 players whose stock rose Week 3, and 2 who fell

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54. 41. 123. Final. 21

The Dallas Cowboys lived up to their primetime billing as they destroyed the rival Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. With their 41-21 victory, the Cowboys are now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

There are a ton of options to pick for stock up this week, and likewise, there really isn’t a ton to be too upset about here. This win was as dominant a victory as Dallas could have hoped for. So let’s take a look at which Cowboys saw their stock rise and fall in Week 3:

Dallas Cowboys Stock Up: A defense that can take the ball away

If I am being honest, it almost feels like we’ve entered The Twilight Zone, but in the good way, not the “oh god humanity is doomed” kind of way.

For years the Cowboys’ defense has been their Achilles heel. It’s never been the only issue, but it’s certainly been their biggest. Worse than that, they’ve frequently showcased an utter inability to consistently take the ball away. Under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn that seems to be changing.

In Week 1 the defense managed to force four turnovers against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including a goal-line fumble. Last week the Cowboys had two takeaways, highlighted by safety Damontae Kazee’s interception off Justin Herbert in the end zone.

This time around, they forced the Eagles’ first turnover of the year with Anthony Brown bringing down a big interception. In the third quarter, cornerback Trevon Diggs (whose star is steadily on the rise in his own right) hauled in his third pick in three games, taking this one to the house and giving Dallas a 27-7 lead.

Right now the Cowboys are leading the NFL in takeaways with eight and currently have a +5 turnover differential, which ties them with the New Orleans Saints for the best in football. That’s a tremendous turnaround for a defense that finished with a  -3 differential in 2020.