Cowboys Stud: Markquese Bell, Linebacker
Dan Quinn has been downright giddy when it comes to Markquese Bell, a former safety who converted to linebacker this season. He's been playing well all year but might have had his best outing in Week 6 — and it could have been even better if not for mistakes around him.
Early in the first half, Bell registered what would have been the first sack of his career when he tackled Justin Herbert for a four-yard loss. That play was negated thanks to a penalty from Sam Williams, who was guilty of getting his hands in the face of his blocker.
Bell didn't let that deter him as he continued to fly all over the field and almost single-handily forced a punt midway through the second quarter when he stuffed Austin Ekeler for no game on second-and-seven. Then after an offside penalty from Dante Fowler gave L.A. a third-and-two, Bell again made the play as he and Donovan Wilson combined for another stop for no gain on Ekeler.
Following their turnover on downs, Bell had another huge hit as he ran through Ekeler as he tried to catch a short pass from Hebert and forced the incompletion. Again, his teammates let him down with the secondary allowing Josh Palmer to gain 26 yards on the easiest pitch and catch of the night.
Bell ended his night with seven tackles and deserves all the praise for the heart he showed in this one.