Trevon Diggs has been nothing short of impressive in the first month of the season and he was recognized for his play by being selected as the NFC Defensive Player of the Month. Diggs is the first Cowboys defensive back to win a player of the month award and the third player overall in team history (DeMarcus Lawrence, 2017; Sean Lee, 2011 & 2013).
The month of October has its fair share of wide receiver matchups as he will see DJ Moore, Kenny Golladay, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen over the next four games. For now, the focus is on Sunday’s matchup against Moore who is off to one of the better starts of his career with 22 receptions, 285 yards and a touchdown.
However, on paper, Sunday will be Moore’s toughest matchup to date. According to NFL’s advanced metrics, Moore has been primarily matched up against Bryce Hall (NYJ), Paulson Adebo (NO) and Tremon Smith (HOU).
New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore missed their week two matchup against Carolina after chipping a bone in his thumb during their week one game against the Green Bay Packers.
Lattimore and Diggs both received the highest-coverage grades among defensive backs through three weeks (87.1).
Diggs has been lined up against Mike Evans, Keenan Allen and Devonta Smith through those three games. Against Evans, he was matched with him on 95% of the snaps in which he allowed two receptions for 15 yards.
Against Allen, he was aligned with him 93.7% of the snaps and allowed four receptions for 85 yards, which included one catch that went for 42 yards on a broken play.
Diggs got his first pick-six of the season against Smith where he was lined across from him 84.9% of the snaps – allowing only two catches on five targets for 43 yards.
Diggs hasn’t allowed 50 yards receiving on him in five of his last seven games. Moore has been held under 50 yards just once in his last nine games.
If Diggs can keep up this kind of production for another 14 games he’ll be entering Pro Bowl/All-Pro territory in just his second year.
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