The Dallas Cowboys’ Defense Dominates
The Cowboys’ defense dominated yesterday, and that might be underselling it. My goodness. All this group did was play lights out to the tune of allowing 224 total yards and 3.6 yards per play. That is lights-out defense. Toss in four turnovers and a barrage of five sacks that could have been many more, Washington’s offense couldn’t wait to get that beatdown over with.
I tweeted it yesterday, and still stand by it… Micah Parsons can stop thinking about Defensive Rookie of the Year (that’s wrapped up with a bow on top) and start looking at the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Parsons is generating pressure on 22% of his rushes. For context, that would be the best in the last 10-15 years by a substantial amount. It would top the best seasons by the likes of Nick and Joey Bosa, Myles Garrett, T.J. and J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Khalil Mack, etc. You get the point. His performance right now is special.
Don’t let me forget Randy Gregory making one of the most athletic plays I have ever seen from a defensive end, when he tipped a pass, tracked it in air, and picked it off. He tossed in a sack for good measure, too. Gregory’s defensive line buddies also had a day with Demarcus Lawrence and Neville Gallimore finding the quarterback and Dorance Armstrong finding the end zone on a fumble recovery.
The group of ballhawks in the secondary did their thing. They held Washington’s number one receiver, Terry McLaurin, to a goose egg. No catches. No yards. Absolutely beautiful. Trevon Diggs, Jourdan Lewis, Jayron Kearse, and Anthony Brown all got their hands on the ball with a pass deflection. Oh, did I mention Leighton Vander Esch was the highest-graded player on defense yesterday? Again – LIGHTS. OUT. PERFORMANCE.