Ever since losing to the Eagles a couple of weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys have been on a roll. They steamrolled the New York Giants 49-17 and then headed to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers.
Dallas had another lopsided win, taking out Carolina 33-10. Honestly, that score should have been an even larger spread given how much better Dallas is than Carolina. Throw in all the costly penalties by the home team and a 23-point win feels like a letdown.
That's why this week's studs and duds has a couple of duds in there despite the huge win. Still, there were far more studs — including some such as Dak Prescott and Tony Pollard, who deserve some love even if they're not mentioned below. With that being said, let's see who gets highlighted in win No. 7.
Dallas Cowboys Stud: DaRon Bland, Cornerback
At this point, it almost doesn't seem possible, but DaRon Bland continues to show out for Dallas. A fifth-round pick in 2022, Bland had five picks as a rookie and has already outdone his freshman campaign.
Bland entered this contest with three pick-sixes on the season and made it four this weekend. It was his sixth interception of the year, and while he went to the ground to secure this one, he was also aware enough to realize he wasn't touched. That allowed him to get up and race it into the end zone.
The 30-yard return not only continued to show how incredible Bland is, but it ended the Panthers' hopes of a comeback. Carolina had made it a one-score game at 17-10, but then Tony Pollard ran it in from 21 yards out to make it 23-10. That's when Bland stepped in and made it a 20-point lead, as the Cowboys went up 30-10 in the fourth quarter.
Bland has been the definition of a shutdown corner for the Cowboys this season. Opposing quarterbacks have a hard time completing passes on him and the pick-sixes just keep coming. At this point, it's fair to ask why anyone throws the ball near him.