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Author: Jon Kuzma
If you go back and look at the Dallas Cowboys history you’ll see that they haven’t made it past the divisional round of the playoffs since 1996. That was the last Super Bowl victory that Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin brought home for America’s Team and it’s surprising when you think about all the talent they’ve had. However this current roster has enough potential to snap the streak of early playoff exits. Dallas’ win over the New Orleans Saints certainly proved that and Jason Garrett’s ball club continues to get the job done with defense. Drees Brees came to AT&T Stadium with the 7th ranked offense in the league and they scored over 40 points on three of their last five opponents. New Orleans ran into a brick wall though and that was made up of Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, and Demarcus Lawrence. New Orleans running game was kept in check early on and then the pass rush pinned their ears back and shut Brees down. The future Hall of Fame QB (Brees) only threw for 127 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception which is obviously the key to beating the Saints. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara each had less than 40 rushing yards so this was a dominant performance from the Cowboys. Vander Esch had a team high of 10 tackles. Jaylon Smith finished with 9 tackles and Demarcus Lawrence had 4 tackles and 1 sack. That trio of players is the Big 3 for this group and they set the tone every week for Dallas. One other thing that has to be mentioned is Dak Prescott actually outplayed Brees. Prescott threw for 248 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions making it evident that the Cowboys offense is also improving. Now this squad is sitting atop the NFC East and it’s been an amazing turnaround from week eight until this present moment. We’re talking about going from a 3-5 record to winning four straight games.
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Championship contender. The Dallas Cowboys are starting to look like the real deal.