CeeDee Lamb is WR1
Remember early in the season when Prescott and Lamb’s chemistry was off? The lack of rapport resulted in a few interceptions, and Lamb added insult to injury with some untimely drops. Fast forward to Week 16 of the regular season, however, and Lamb is firmly entrenched as Dallas’ No. 1 receiver of the now and future.
By halftime, Lamb racked up eight catches for over 100 yards and a touchdown. He went missing in the second half (looking at you, Kellen Moore), but showed up when it mattered with a game-tying touchdown grab in the fourth quarter.
Letting Amari Cooper go was a mistake, but that has nothing to do with Lamb, who’s gone over 100 yards in back-to-back games, and is positioning himself to ink a monster second contract in a skyrocketed wide receiver market.
DaRon Bland, Carlos Watkins save the day
By no means should the Cowboys’ late defensive heroics distract from the defense’s continued struggles. They still allowed another 30-burger and Gardner Minshew to throw for 355 yards and two touchdowns. When push came to shove, though, the defense delivered in the form of DaRon Bland and Carlos Watkins.
First, Bland logged the fifth interception of his rookie year. The fifth-round pick jumped a pass intended for Quez Watkins, and wrestled the ball away from the wideout. The Cowboys settled for a field goal, but the turnover came at a huge time with the defense struggling to get off the field and the scored nodded at 34-34.
Bland is becoming a stud before our very eyes.
Last, but certainly not least, is Watkins, who forced a Miles Sanders fumble on the Eagles ensuing possession. Micah Parsons got his hand on the ball initially, before the 305-pound Watkins delivered the killer blow. Anthony Barr emerged from the scrap with the football, and Dallas ultimately saw out the victory after turning the Eagles over on downs in the red zone.
A Merry Christmas, indeed. Enjoy the holiday, everyone.