For the second straight week, the Cowboys will be playing football on a Thursday. However, before we talk about the future, let’s talk about the exciting victory over the Redskins on Thanksgiving Day. The victory pushed the Cowboys into first place within the division, though they now have the same overall record as the ‘Skins.
Let’s break down the victory shall we?
"So much to be thankful for."
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The first thing that I believe should be highlighted is the strength of rookie wideout Michael Gallup to play after his older brother committed suicide earlier that week. Above is the video of Gallup receiving the game ball after the win versus the Redskins due to his strength and fight shown as he played in the game, despite what was going on around him.
Second? Amari Cooper. This trade was worth it by a long shot. He finished Thursday’s game with 8 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns. His sheer presence has seemed to at the very least double Dak Prescott‘s confidence and taken some pressure off Zeke Elliott to be the only offensive fire power of the team as a whole.
Third? We saw another strong performance by the Dallas defense, highlighted once again by rookie Leighton Vander-Esch. At this point, if you are still upset that he was chosen in the first round over Calvin Ridley, you haven’t watched the kid play. He now leads the NFL in solo tackles with 72 on the season, having only played about 74% of defensive snaps.
Fourth, while this team has gotten better, they still have a lot to figure out if they want to put together a playoff run. A 6-5 record isn’t something to boast about. This week, they take on the high flying Saints who have been rolling since their Week 1 loss to the Bucs.
On that note…let’s talk about the upcoming Thursday Night Football matchup shall we?
This one is going to be good y’all. The New Orleans Saints clearly aren’t a team to taken lightly. Drew Brees and this offense has wiped out everyone in their path in recent weeks. It will take a full performance in every aspect of the game for the Cowboys to get a win here.
‘Boys fans can take solace in the fact that this is a home matchup. The team has been sloppy at best on the road, but home games tend to be a better fare for them. Can the Cowboys prove they are real contenders as they try to slow down the Saints?
We will have to wait and see, but as of right now Demarcus Lawrence says the team, or at least the defense, isn’t scared of the upcoming battle. He is confident in how this team has played and believes they can make some serious noise against New Orleans.
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