For the third straight week, the Dallas Cowboys tempted fate against a weaker opponent. If not for DeMarcus Lawrence making an All-Pro play near the goal line in the fourth quarter, we could be talking about Dallas suffering the most embarrassing loss the NFL has seen in two or three years.
The last-minute win did a lot to distract from what was a disconcerting day from an injury perspective. Between Terence Steele, Trevon Diggs, Johnathan Hankins, Michael Gallup, Jake Ferguson, and Jayron Kearse’s pregame scare, you’re talking about six players who got bit by the injury bug.
While there’s real concern about Steele and Hankins’ status moving forward, Diggs and Gallup were able to return and help see out the victory.
Gallup had a number of tough catches, and would’ve had the go-ahead touchdown if a crushing hit didn’t jar the ball loose on his way to the ground. Diggs, meanwhile, recovered a fumble and was in coverage on the Texans’ Hail Mary attempt in the final seconds.
Rookie Israel Mukuamu emerged from the pile with the interception, and saved Dallas from an embarrassment for the ages in the process.
After the game, though, Diggs was adamant on Twitter that he — not Mukuamu — should be credited with the game-sealing pick.
Cowboys star Trevon Diggs wants credit for the game-ending interception against the Texans.
Cowboys fans will always go to bat for Diggs. His lowlights in coverage have been few and far between in 2022 after an all-or-nothing 2021 campaign, but they’re always underlined on Twitter by rival (mostly Eagles) fans.
This tweet, however, is hard to defend. Likely caught up in the moment of an emotional win, Diggs completely lost the plot here.
It reads as someone who cares a little too much about individual statistics. What does it matter who’s credited with the interception? Isn’t winning — and avoiding disaster — to keep pressure on the Eagles in the race for the NFC East and No. 1 seed, however unlikely, the most important thing?
Diggs only has three picks this season after his 11 interceptions last season tied a Cowboys franchise record and were the most by an NFL player in 40 years. He’s universally regarded as one of the league’s premier corners, and had a huge fumble recovery on Houston’s first possession of the second half.
Here’s another look at the failed Hail Mary.
Did Diggs get his hands on the football first? Probably, but Mukuamu was right there the entire way, too.
What’s wrong with sharing the wealth … especially with a rookie in Mukuamu, who balled out in training camp and preseason to make the team? The sixth-round pick has struggled earning snaps at safety behind starters Kearse, Donovan Wilson, and Malik Hooker. Isn’t he entitled to his five seconds of fame?
In the grand scheme of things, Diggs’ tweet isn’t a big deal. He ultimately laughed it off, and his hunger for turnovers accentuates his greatness. We just can’t be the only Cowboys fans who were a little thrown off that his initial reaction from a near-disaster was asking for credit for the game-ending play.