5. Stephon Gilmore/DaRon Bland, CB
In a two-for-one special the Cowboys have both of their boundary cornerbacks playing at their peak levels right now.
Gilmore is coming off arguably his biggest moment since joining the Cowboys last March. Despite giving up some yardage, Gilmore held A.J. Brown in check most of the afternoon and after forcing a Brown fumble, he essentially made a home in Brown’s head the rest of the contest. Gilmore made critical tackles and was an emotional leader on the field.
While the former Defensive Player of the Year has obviously had better stretches in his career, he hadn’t had a better stretch since joining the Cowboys. If the wily veteran can keep up that same fervor the rest of the way, Dallas will have quite the fearsome secondary.
Speaking of fearsome, DaRon Bland is one of the most feared players in the NFL this season. He broke the record for interceptions returned for touchdown and currently leads the NFL in interceptions overall. He was picked on heavily against Seattle in Week 14 but after picking off a pass late, he reaffirmed his standing in the NFL.
Against the Eagles, Hurts steered clear of the young Cowboys CB. Bland was only targeted four times giving up two receptions for eight yards. Additionally, Bland logged two tackles for loss on Sunday showing he’s not just a coverage man to be feared, but an enforcer to be respected.