The Dallas Cowboys were a few inches from an annoying third-down failure approaching the red zone when Kellen Moore schemed something up to CeeDee Lamb well short of the sticks.
Then, Lamb pulled off a little bit more of his trademark WR1 magic, evading the Colts defense just when they thought they had him handled.
Lamb was nearly tackled by Colts DB Rodney McLeod, forcing Dallas into a short field goal attempt to tie the game early. Unfortunately for McLeod, he forgot to finish the play.
The Cowboys’ wideout was nearly down, but kept his legs, knees, arms, and body off the ground, instead rolling off McLeod and vaulting himself back up into the air.
A few seconds later, he was hurtling towards the end zone, untouched. The review process was just as swift as Lamb’s sprint. Touchdown.
Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb scores impressive early touchdown
It’s possible to be frustrated by Lamb’s occasional cases of the dropsies — as well as Dallas ditching Amari Cooper — but the wideout is developing into one of the NFL’s best in the No. 1 role.
Through his first quarter touchdown catch, he currently ranks seventh in receiving yardage in the league with 857. It would behoove opposing defenses to make absolutely certain he’s wrapped up before giving up on any play. And yet…
Overall, this one hasn’t started like the shoo-in win Dallas was hoping for. Jason Garrett’s prediction of a 40-point win on the NBC pregame show seems a little farcical, as this game is looking more like Philly’s scrapfest with the Colts a few weeks back.
That said, every point counts, and the Colts defense went from preventing four to allowing an untouched seven. Gotta take that. That’s what 88s do.