Make no mistake about it… the Dallas Cowboys’ defense won that Week 14 game against the Washington Football Team. Finally in full force, the defensive line and secondary put on quite a performance in the nation’s capital.
The offense… not so much. In a season that started with Dak Prescott in the MVP conversation and a prolific, impressive run game, the tables have turned. The Cowboys’ offense put on yet another dismal showing on Sunday. Prescott and his guys failed to convert on four of five red-zone possessions. The quarterback himself had yet another game with two interceptions, as well. This kind of offensive play isn’t going to cut it in the playoffs.
Although America’s Team is now 9-4 on the season and 3-0 against divisional rivals, the offense has A LOT of work to do. Without this defense, the Cowboys had no chance in this game.
In the first half alone, the defense had three sacks, a fumble returned for a touchdown, and an interception. They also only allowed the WFT to amass a pathetic 29 total yards in the first two quarters. With a full 60-minute effort, the defensive squad was also there to come up with big plays in the second half to make up for costly mistakes by Prescott.
If you weren’t able to watch the game yesterday, you missed out on watching an incredible performance on one side of the ball. But, we have you covered. Let’s take a look at the top five plays from the impressive defensive dominance on Sunday.
5 key plays that prove the Cowboys’ defensive dominance is what helped them win on Sunday vs WFT
5. Jourdan Lewis forces a fumble against Antonio Gibson
After going into halftime 24-0, Washington slowly started to creep back into the game. Inching towards the end of the third quarter, WFT had already scored a touchdown and completed a two-point conversion to put the game at 24-8. How did the dismal offense respond? By punting after just one first down. But, as was always the case in this matchup, the defense was there to save the day.
This time, cornerback Jourdan Lewis was able to punch the ball out of Antonio Gibson’s hands to force a fumble. He then recovered the ball, giving the Cowboys optimal field position.
It’s important to note that even though the offense got the ball on about the 25-yard line, they still couldn’t make anything happen after that huge defensive play. It has to be frustrating to be a member of this defense and do everything to help your team dominate this game just to have the offense do nothing with key opportunities.