Despite allowing an aggravating touchdown late in the first half and even with Mike McCarthy gifting the Seattle Seahawks plenty of time in the final minutes, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off a 41-35 win on Thursday Night Football. It was the first time this year they defeated a team that came in with a winning record and was also their closest home game of the season.
Dallas deserves a lot of praise for this one since they took everything Seattle had to throw at them and walked away winners. That's why this week's studs and duds is full of studs and will also praise one player who made the best of a terrible night.
Cowboys Stud: Jake Ferguson, Tight End
Jake Ferguson had some big shoes to fill this season with Dalton Schultz leaving for Houston in free agency. The second-year player was up to the task and has had some solid outings in 2022, but Week 13 was arguably his best yet.
Ferguson saw eight passes come his way and was able to bring in six of them. That included a long 17-yard catch and run on third-and-16. He's also going to be seen on highlight reels this week after hurdling Quandre Diggs to gain a couple of extra yards. As good as all of that was, his best play was when he caught a 12-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give his team the lead.
This touchdown had to feel good for Ferguson for more than one reason. Not only will it go down as the go-ahead score but he also got to rub it in the face of Jamal Adams. The two were going at one another earlier in the game as things got chippy between them. Ferguson was also getting heat from Frank Clark, Sr. who took exception to him hurdling Diggs.
In the end, Ferguson got the last laugh. Now the Seahawks defenders know he's not going to be bullied by them. And that he's more than capable of sending them out of AT&T Stadium with a loss.