Cowboys studs and duds Week 13: Dallas secondary explodes on Indy

Cowboys, Malik Hooker. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Cowboys, Tony Pollard. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Stud: Tony Pollard, Running Back

Dallas continues to split carries between Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott and it continues to be a success. This weekend, Pollard started the game and Elliot came in later — and each of them put up a great performance and found their way to the end zone.

Pollard ends up making the stud list, however, since he did so twice. He had over 100 yards from scrimmage, with 91 on the ground and 15 through the air.

He now has 832 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Both are personal bests, and there are five games remaining.

Stud: DaRon Bland, Cornerback

Dan Quinn was speaking very highly of DaRon Bland before the game, and the rookie got a chance to make his defensive coordinator look brilliant.

With Anthony Brown injured and Kelvin Joseph struggling, Bland got more time in the base defense during the second half and he made the most of it, with two interceptions. The first was meant for Kylen Granson, and Bland jumped in front of him to steal the ball away.

The Sacramento State product wasn’t done there, as he took the ball away on the very next drive. This time, it was a pass intended for Ashton Dulin, as he again got the ball back for his offense after making a diving catch in front of the receiver.

Bland fought for a job in a crowded Dallas secondary and now has three picks as a rookie. Not a bad start to his career at all.