The defense of Dallas had one its most impressive performances in recent history this Sunday. The Cowboys’ balanced victory over Washington was highlighted by big moments from many players.
Dallas’ crucial win in the NFC East was largely due to its defense. The defensive effort was what built a huge lead of 24-0 at halftime, and gave Dallas enough cushion to handle some problems in the second half. The defense’s earlier work, and a sack-fumble from Randy Gregory, were key to the victory.
Cowboys fans have repeated the same refrain throughout this season: “Just wait until we get all these guys on the fields together.” This was the game we had been waiting for.
Micah Parsons was there, doing Micah Parsons stuff. On a day where there were many standouts, the Defensive Rookie and legitimate Defensive Player Of The Year nominee, the rookie drawing Lawrence Taylor comparisons once more starred.
One could argue that Randy Gregory was even more influential. Gregory was the one who provided two key takeaways from Washington’s interception early and the forced fumble that ended Washington’s last possession.
It was a great problem to have. Debating which defensive player contributed more to a win is a wonderful thing. This is a problem that the Dallas Cowboys don’t have too often in recent seasons.
We’ve been complaining for years about the inability to have a consistent defense that complements a competitive offense. Both Tony Romo’s and Dak Prescott’s postseason failures can be attributed to defensive letdowns.
Although one win against a 6-6-0 team doesn’t erase all of it, it does give hope that the Cowboys’ 2021 defense will be strong enough to handle any failures.
It is both a delight to see Parsons and Gregory fight for the defense gameball. Then, we see guys like Lawrence, Gallimore and Dorance Armstrong stepping up to contribute, which is something we don’t often get to enjoy.
Dallas allowed only 29 yards and zero points during the first half against a division opponent. This is not Washington’s typical ineptitude.
Many are rightly concerned about Dak Prescott’s recent erraticism, and general ineffectiveness as an offensive player. But don’t forget to mention the defense. Gregory, Parsons and the rest of the gang stole this game and were the true heroes in a game that had significant postseason stakes.
It’s now up to the offense whether they are able to avoid being a liability in January.