Cowboys studs and duds Week 10: Dak Prescott falters when needed most
By Randy Gurzi
Stud: CeeDee Lamb, WR
Since Dallas traded Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb became the No. 1 wideout. Overall, he’s been very good this season but he hadn’t crossed the 100-yard mark all year. In fact, he hadn’t done so since Week 8 of the 2021 season when he was catching everything thrown his way during Cooper Rush’s first career start.
That finally changed for him on Sunday as he hit the 100-yard mark on his ninth catch of the game in the third quarter. That came on a clutch third down play, but it was far from his first big play. Lamb also had their first touchdown, hauling in a three-yard score from Dak Prescott in the second quarter.
He also wasn’t done on that ninth catch, as he scored his second touchdown of the day two plays later. Lamb shook off Jaire Alexander and got free for a 35-yard touchdown to give his team a 28-to-14 lead.
Lamb finished with 11 receptions for 150 yards and two touchdowns. It was a huge outing but not enough to get the win.
Dud: Peyton Hendershot, TE
Before talking about this game, it has to be stated that Peyton Hendershot has been a great find for Dallas. The undrafted free agent has nine receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown so far and shows a ton of promise.
Having said that, Sunday wasn’t his best outing. He nearly made a huge mistake when the Packers took a 14-7 lead just before the half. A short kickoff went to him and he ran it 18 yards but fumbled when being tackled. Hendershot was able to pull the ball back in but it could have been disastrous. Had Green Bay gotten the ball and extended the lead, halftime could have been much different than it was since they were able to tie it up at 14.
In the second half, he was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty that forced the offense to start from their own goal line, and nearly led to a safety. He did atone for his mistakes as he had a great block on a 14-yard run from Malik Davis, but he has to be better on special teams.