Cowboys vs Patriots: 5 quick hits from Week 6

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Dallas Cowboys: 4. CeeDee Lamb is the future

When Owner Jerry Jones hands out “legacy numbers” to drafted players, it means they have the potential for greatness. No. 88 is a tradition worn by Dallas wide receivers who dominate the position. Drew Pearson, Michael Irvin, Dez Bryant, and now CeeDee Lamb.

Fans know how amazing Lamb can be based on his rookie season in 2020. His numbers could have been prolific if quarterback Dak Prescott finished the season. His highlight-reel catch against the Minnesota Vikings emphasizes that point. Now in 2021 with a healthy Prescott, Lamb finally seems to have found his groove.

Against the Patriots on Sunday, Lamb hauled in nine receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns. That is a stat line of a No. 1 wide receiver. Lamb was not getting as many targets to start the game, but Prescott went to his young stud when it came time to make big plays or win the game.

Is there a debate now on who the Cowboy’s No. 1 playmaker is on offense? Possibly. Receiver Amari Cooper is still clutch, but the discussion speaks to the talent Jones has put together on offense. No matter who is considered top dog right now, fans should feel comfort in knowing Lamb will be around and dominate for a long time.

Dallas Cowboys: 3. A perfectly timed bye-week

The bye week is meant for players to get healthy and clean up mistakes that need correction. For the Cowboys, this bye seems to be at the perfect time.

While there were no significant injuries, Dak Prescott injured his right calf on the game-winning touchdown.  On Monday, the team conducted an MRI and some tests, which revealed a minor strain on the calf. According to the team, he should be ready to play Week 8 against the Vikings.

It is never a good thing when the quarterback of any team walks out of a post-game press conference in a walking boot. Fortunately for Dallas, it was all precautionary, and they want to make sure No. 4 is all ready to go after the bye.

Prescott can focus on rehab for this week as well as some other players with minor injuries. Defensive end Tarell Basham left the game with an ankle injury, and left tackle Tyron Smith also injured his ankle against the Patriots. However, Smith was able to return and finish playing.

The Cowboys have been playing football since the Hall of Fame game. They need this break right now. With right tackle La’El Collins suspension ending and players needing time to rest, this bye week seems to be like everything else that has happened to the Cowboys this season. Another thing that is just going their way.