Coming off their best win of the season, the Dallas Cowboys had a slow start against the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day. Missed opportunities led to a 13-7 halftime deficit, but before long, they were up 28-13.
New York scored a late touchdown to make it appear closer than it was, but the Cowboys have now swept their rival this season. There was plenty to love from this game, and enough players stepped up that we have a stock report primarily full of players on the rise.
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Stock Up: Dorance Armstrong, EDGE
Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.
Dallas has been getting some praise for sticking with Dorance Armstrong while allowing Randy Gregory to get a big contract in Denver. So far this season, Gregory has played in just four games and provided nine tackles and two sacks for the Broncos.
As for Armstrong, he just recorded his eighth of the season against the Giants. Of course, this wasn’t a masterstroke by the Cowboys, since they offered Gregory the same deal he got in Denver, but messed up the negotiations. Even so, it opened the door for the former Kansas Jayhawk, and he’s been up to the task.
Stock Up: Micah Parsons, EDGE
Micah Parsons is not human.
The second-year linebacker had 13 sacks as a rookie, and now has 12 in his first 11 games this year. On Thursday, he recorded two of those, and he’s now had double-digits in nine of his 27 career games.
Parsons continues to be a leader on this defense and is only getting better. He’s second in the NFL in sacks behind Matthew Judon (13.0), and will be in the running for NFL Defensive Player of the Year by season’s end.