Do the Dallas Cowboys look rejuvenated after the bye or what? They opened a 33-3 halftime lead against the LA Rams on Sunday. While a win is ultimately all that matters, fans wanted to see CeeDee Lamb get more targets after he managed an even four catches in four of the first give games of the season.
The Week 7 win against the LA Chargers was a step in the right direction in that regard, as Lamb caught all seven targets for 117 yards. Still, a player of Lamb's caliber should see more volume. At least 10 targets per game if the game script and other factors allow for it seems more than reasonable.
Coming out of the bye, Lamb saw a workload fitting of a WR1 in the first half vs the Rams. He caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Dak Prescott made it an emphasis early to feed No. 88. Surprisingly (not really), the Rams didn't have an answer and we can't help but revisit Lamb's mid-week quote in which he indirectly called out Mike McCarthy to give him the ball more.
CeeDee Lamb calling out Mike McCarthy will save the Cowboys
“Give me the ball and see what happens,” Lamb said with a smile after Dallas' Week 7 win.
Good things happen. Who could've seen that coming? His 117-yard effort against the Chargers was just Lamb's second 100-yard game of the season and his first since Week 2. Frustrations settled in after that win, though, as Lamb went three straight games with fewer than 5 catches and 55 receiving yards. Sure enough, Dallas went 1-2 in that stretch.
Lamb's frustrations culminated in the loss vs the 49ers, as he was spotted standing away from teammates on the Cowboys sideline. In two games since (with a half to play on Sunday) Lamb has caught 16 of 17 targets for 239 yards and two TDs.
It's no surprise the Cowboys opened up a 33-9 lead in the first half Sunday and we can't help but wonder if Lamb saved the offense by calling out the coaching staff. Getting the ball in the hands of your best players sounds simple in theory. In practice, though, Mike McCarthy and Co. had made it annoyingly complex.
Would it be nice for Prescott to get other pass-catchers involved? We suppose, but Jake Ferguson has 42 yards and a touchdown at the half and if Lamb continues to get open at will and create after the catch, why look anywhere else?
Future games will call for Prescott to rely on Brandin Cooks and (gulps) Michael Gallup, but Lamb clearly lit a proverbial fire under McCarthy and the rest of the Cowboys coaching staff by calling out his lack of usage the last couple weeks.