Dallas Cowboys: 3 whose stock rose Week 5, and 2 who fell

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The Dallas Cowboys finally had their long-awaited match-up with the New York Giants in Week 5, and suffice it to say it did not disappoint. Once again, the Cowboys let an inferior team hang around in the first half, only to put the pedal on the floor when it really mattered and leave the final score looking like a blowout.

Considering that this is the first game that quarterback Dak Prescott has played against the Giants since he sustained that gruesome ankle injury a year ago, it wasn’t surprising that this was billed as a revenge game for Prescott and the Cowboys.

Now, as they sit at 4-1 atop the NFC East and are shooting up local and national power rankings, it’s time to take a look at this weeks stock up/stock down:

Dallas Cowboys Stock Up: Home Field Advantage

It wasn’t that long ago that many felt like AT&T Stadium wasn’t quite the home-field advantage that Jerry Jones and company had intended it to be when they opened its doors back before the 2009 season.

Today, that almost feels kind of hard to believe. Including the postseason, the Cowboys have a 59-44 lifetime record at Jerry World, but more importantly, they’ve won their first three home games to open the 2021-2022 season. Better yet, they’ve done it in a very convincing fashion, averaging over 40 points a game across them.

In fact, the Cowboys have scored 40 or more points at home 11 times since moving to AT&T Stadium. Seven of them have been with Prescott under center. Four of those instances have come since the start of 2020 and two of them already came this season.

Away from AT&T Stadium, things have been a bit less decisive this season. In Week 1, they kept things very close with a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has serious hopes of repeating as world champions but ultimately couldn’t pull out the victory. In Week 2, they beat a very good Los Angles Chargers team, but had their weakest offensive showing of the season, scoring just 20 points.

It’s clear that AT&T Stadium has already become a big advantage for the Cowboys this season. Whether it’s the familiar territory, playing in front of their home crowd, or something else entirely, they’ve been able to find another gear when playing at home.

The Cowboys will be back on the road this week in Foxborough against the New England Patriots,  and it will be fascinating to see if they can take some of this momentum they’ve built across this homestand and translate it to the road.