Cowboys studs and duds Week 7: Sam Williams breaks out

Cowboys, Sam Williams. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dak Prescott came back as the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Detroit Lions in Week 7 and he looked like a quarterback who hadn’t played since Week 1. Prescott missed a wide-open Noah Brown on the first play of the game and led his team to two three-and-outs to start things off.

By the second half, he turned things around and the Cowboys ended up with a 24-6 win. With the offense slow out of the gate, the defense got it done as they had two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Here we look at who stood out for the Cowboys as studs and duds in their fifth win of the season.

Cowboys studs and duds Week 7

Cowboys, DeMarcus Lawrence. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Stud: DeMarcus Lawrence, EDGE

DeMarcus Lawrence doesn’t rack up the stats the way Micah Parsons does, but he continues to be a savvy veteran who makes one good play after another. On Sunday, he started out with a big stop that forced a punt. It was a third-and-seven and Detroit tried to catch them off guard with a draw play but Lawrence sniffed it out and stuffed Craig Reynolds for no gain.

Later, he made the play of the day as Detroit was going for a touchdown to take the lead in the fourth quarter. From the one-yard line, Jamaal Williams got the ball but it was hit free by Lawrence and recovered by Anthony Barr. Detroit scored no touchdowns and Lawrence was the reason they failed on their best opportunity to do so.

Dud: Anthony Brown, CB

Anthony Brown is a better player than he gets credit for but this wasn’t his best outing. With Amon-Ra St. Brown knocked out early, the Cowboys’ secondary should have been in good shape. However, they had way too many openings including one where Brown left Kalif Raymond wide open for a 19-yard gain on third-and-14.

Dallas was able to clamp down in the second half but Raymond had a career day with 75 yards and a bulk of that came against Brown.