Last week, the Dallas Cowboys were thoroughly embarrassed by the Arizona Cardinals who knocked them off 28-16. It was a surprise the game was that close since the Cards were just in control from the first snap.
They had a chance to wash that taste out of their mouth this week against the New England Patriots, and that's exactly what they did. Dallas came out firing on all cylinders and even took a 28-3 lead into the halftime. It was the largest deficit Bill Belichick has had at the half in his career, and it was the same score they fought back from against the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
This time, there was no comeback as the Cowboys defense never let up and the offense continued to play smart and efficient football. That led to a 38-3 win and we can now look back at the win with the studs and duds — which is heavy on studs and short on duds.
Cowboys Stud: Jake Ferguson, TE
Heading into the season, Dak Prescott was very eager to see what Jake Ferguson could do as the No. 1 tight end. Ferguson was taking over for Dalton Schultz, who headed to the Houston Texans, but Prescott said Ferguson would be able to rise to the occasion.
It took some time as the second-year tight end had just five receptions for 22 yards in the first two weeks. But now, he's starting to show the world what he can do.
Despite the loss in Week 3, Ferguson did all he could as he had 48 yards on five receptions. But then in Week 4, he had his best game as a pro.
Ferguson caught all seven of his targets for 77 yards and that included one where he took a massive hit but still held on for the first down.
With the talented receivers on the outside, opposing defenses are often concerned about getting beat deep. Having Ferguson step up and make the intermediate plays is exactly what they need to keep the chains moving.