If the Dallas Cowboys could face New York teams every week, they would be a force. They kicked off the 2023 campaign with a 40-0 win over the New York Giants on the road. They then hosted the New York Jets in Week 2 and handed them a 30-10 defeat.
In Week 10, they again faced off with the Giants, this time hosting their NFC East rival. New York was dealing with a lot of injuries, which left them with Tommy DeVito under center. The undrafted rookie had no answers for this defense and the Dallas offense had a field day.
The end result was a 49-10 victory for the Cowboys. They saw CeeDee Lamb set a franchise record for the most games with more than 10 receptions and 150 yards in a single season but he was expected to stand out in this one. Here, we give some props to three players who balled out even though they weren't expected to.
3. Jalen Brooks, Wide Receiver
The passing game has been good for Dallas this season but it's typically been Lamb and Jake Ferguson standing out. They finally got some other players involved in this one, including Brandin Cooks who had his best outing yet with Dallas. After being an afterthought for much of the year, Cooks recorded 173 yards and a touchdown on nine receptions.
With Cooks drawing some attention, the Cowboys were able to spread the ball around more than normal. That included Jalen Brooks getting his first action of the year. The rookie seventh-round pick appeared in two games thus far but hadn't seen a pass come his way until Week 10.
Brooks wound up with four targets and caught each one of them for 39 yards. It might not seem like much but he rose to the occasion and made the most of this opportunity. Listed at 6-2 and 205 yards, Brooks has the size Dallas loves out wide and should continue to get chances to impress.