2. Dallas Cowboys
So much for the Cowboys becoming irrelevant without Dak Prescott. That’ll happen when you have an elite defense and Dallas’ D is the definition of elite. We all know Micah Parsons is generational, but the Giants made it a point to limit his impact Monday night by sending him double teams on every snap.
That left ample 1-v-1 matchups for the likes of DeMarcus Lawrence and Dorance Armstrong and they made New York’s middling OL pay. In the game, the Cowboys totaled their most pressures in a game since 2017 with 24. It was the most pressures of any team this season and the second-most over the last two seasons.
More nauseating is the fact Dallas’ rushing attack is starting to hit its stride. Ezekiel Elliott is quietly averaging 4.5 yards per carry this year, and backup Tony Pollard is averaging a whopping 5.6 yards per tote on his 28 carries.
And to top it all off, CeeDee Lamb might’ve finally woke up Monday night after his costly touchdown drop.
The third-year receiver has struggled assuming the WR1 role in Dallas’ offense following the Amari Cooper trade, but he looked the part vs the Giants after a slow start by dominating a key fourth quarter drive that he capped with a ridiculous one-handed catch in the end zone that put the Cowboys in front for good.
Just like that, Dallas is 2-1 after starting 0-1.