Dallas Cowboys: 3. Trevon “no-fly zone” Diggs
There isn’t much more to say about cornerback Trevon Diggs that has not already been said. Through five games this season, he leads the league in interceptions with six. The Cowboys haven’t had this type of production at cornerback since Deion Sanders.
When rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph mentioned in training camp that this defense would be considered a “no-fly zone,” fans didn’t know he would only be talking about one player.
In 2020, Diggs had many plays that caused a lot of head-scratching. He would bite on coverage too quickly and would have trouble sticking to his assignments. He was making rookie mistakes. Now in year two, Diggs has taken his game to a whole new level.
He has been studying tape this off-season and working on reading receivers better. It also helps to practice against wide receivers Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup all summer. After Week 5, you can pencil Diggs in for the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro conversation.
Dallas Cowboys: 4. Things to work on
Even though Dallas sits atop the NFC East with a two-game lead, they did not play their cleanest football tonight. There were a lot of errors on offense and defense tonight that could have made this a blowout if they did not happen.
Center Tyler Biadasz is excellent as a run blocker but has struggled with snapping the ball. A couple of snaps made Prescott uneasy in the pocket, having him worry about ball placement. The fumbled snap in the red zone is on the quarterback, but if it were snaped to Prescott’s numbers, maybe it would not have happened.
The chunk plays once again are the kryptonite to this Dallas defense. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney had about five plays where he left the cornerbacks dancing on the field. That cannot happen as it gets later in the season. Teams will start to recognize that and expose defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has been excellent this season, but he has to focus on red-zone efficiency. This game had the potential to be over before halftime, but after two field goals and an interception, there were points left on the field. Elliot mentioned how they needed to put away the Carolina Panthers last week, but they allowed them to get back in the game. This week, the Cowboys did the same thing.
If the defense can stiffen up later in the game and the offense can capitalize in the red zone, then this team will be an unstoppable force in the NFC. The game against the Arizona Cardinals Week 17 might be flexed to a Sunday Night Football game.