The Dallas Cowboys needed a victory on Sunday over the Washington Football Team. Not only did the Cowboys need to solidify themselves as “getting back on track” after a bleak November, but they also needed to beat WFT in order to give themselves the space they needed in the NFC East.
While the Cowboys have a lot of improving to do in order to make a run through the postseason, handling this business means they’ll surely get their shot to show off in the playoffs. Despite all of that, Sunday’s win was all about the defense. It wasn’t partially, “a part of”, or a group effort either – the defense won the game.
At full strength (something this defense, especially the defensive front, hasn’t been all year long), they are one of the top units in football. Top units in terms of both defensive fronts and defensive units as a whole. No one has a position group on that side of the ball that is or can be more impactful than what Dallas can do when all of their players are healthy and close to 100 percent. No one.
The Cowboys’ defense helped save a struggling Dak Prescott to secure a Dallas victory
This Cowboys defense is a force strong enough to help carry the Cowboys to a deep run. The three fumbles, interception, and the five sacks for 51 yards on Washington’s offense all display that very fact. But a defense can’t do it alone. They have to be able to get help from the other side of the ball. Specifically, quarterback Dak Prescott can’t derail them. He has been bad for a few weeks now… really bad.
Here’s the thing, though. Prescott did make a few key plays when they were needed. Luckily for him, that can be just enough when your defense plays as they did. However, the last thing the Cowboys need is Prescott putting them in a position to lose a game they have no business losing.
In fact, you’d like Prescott to be a huge part of the reason you win. He made a few key runs when they needed it on Sunday, but his decision-making and execution were poor at times – especially coming down the stretch.
Prescott has shown an ability to be elite, but he has also shown an ability to be piss-poor at the most inopportune times. Now, I know that every player struggles, even the best of the best. But, if the Cowboys want to win the big one, they’ll need Prescott to struggle less than he succeeds.
They’ll definitely need him to play better than he did on Sunday. If Prescott can fix his game and this defense keeps trending the way they are, the Cowboys will be a tough out for anybody. His track record does say that Prescott can fix it. We can have faith that he is 49-31 in his career (18 games over .500 means something). However, you need him to do that sooner than later.
Prescott committed the fatal flaw of giving up a pick-six in the waning moments of the game. Cowboys fans were legitimately concerned that the Washington Football Team could come back and win the game. But, yet again, the Cowboys’ defense was there to close the game. Guess that’s why they say that “defense wins championships,” This defense certainly looked the part.
As far as Sunday’s win goes… the defense was the reason for it. Explicitly.