The Dallas Cowboys need reinforcements fast. They suffered a devastating 36-33 loss in overtime to the Las Vegas Raiders on Thanksgiving. This is their third loss. It has been difficult to produce consistent passing numbers over the past two weeks, with several backup wide receivers receiving more snaps. Micah Parsons, a rookie linebacker, is the only one who has been able to relieve the pressure from the edge and rush the passer regularly lately.
December is just around the corner, and it’s time to push for the playoffs. Despite their recent slump, the Cowboys are 7-4 and have a two-game advantage over the Philadelphia Eagles (NFC East). The Cowboys will be bringing back several key players as they try to get back on track.
When the Cowboys face the New Orleans Saints in Week 13, Dak Prescott will be the most happy man in North Texas. CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, wide receivers, will return to the Cowboys’ starting lineup. This will give the Cowboys’ passing offense a much-needed boost. Cooper missed the Cowboys’ last two games due to being placed on the Reserve/COVID roster. Cooper remains second on the Cowboys in receiving yards and touchdowns. His outstanding route running and ability to draw double teams are something that the Cowboys have missed.
Lamb is proving to the world in 2021 that he has the greatest talents at wide receiver. Lamb has been the Cowboys’ most productive receiver, leading in receptions (50), targets (77), yards (740), touchdowns ((6)), and receptions (50). His contribution to the middle of field from the slot cannot be underestimated. Cooper and Michael Gallup will be able to get more one-on-one opportunities with him, which makes the Cowboys’ aerial assault an absolute nightmare.
DeMarcus Lawrence hasn’t played since breaking his foot in Week 2 against the Cowboys. Recent activation of DeMarcus Lawrence from injured reserve opened his 21-day practice window. He will return to IR if he is not activated by the Cowboys before the 21st day. He’s expected to be back in Week 13 against Saints, barring any setbacks.
Lawrence’s ability set the pace in the run game and rush passer has been greatly missed. The Cowboys defense is better when Lawrence is back on the field immediately.
Randy Gregory has had an amazing season thus far. He has racked up five tackles, second on the team, 12 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles. He missed Week 2 because of COVID, and has been out three weeks with a calf injury. Gregory will be able to return to practice Monday.
He could return, but the Cowboys are cautious and will not hesitate to give him another week. Dan Quinn, the Defensive Coordinator, will welcome his speed around the line of scrimmage as well as the edge.
It is amazing that the Cowboys are currently 7-4, with many of their players missing this season. They are now focusing on getting healthy and securing the NFC East and a playoff slot as soon as possible.