The Dallas Cowboys pulled off a huge 22-19 win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Cowboys have won two in a row and are on a two-game road streak after starting the season 0-4.
The Cowboys are now 5-5 (.500) and look to have some momentum going as they take on division rival Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving.
Before we move on to Thursday’s match up, we will recap the four players who stood out in the win against the Falcons.
Zeke the Freak
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had a monster game against Atlanta as he piled up 201 total scrimmage yards (122 rushing, 79 receiving) to help secure the win for Dallas. Over the past two games, Elliott has rushed for 273 yards and three total touchdowns to prove he is still one of the leagues top rushers.
Elliott’s impact has benefited this offense which has struggled to win back to back games this season. Zeke is the train that keeps everyone on board and rolling, when he is off his game the offense seems to be out of sync.
Patrick Conn of wfaasports tweeted Elliott is on pace for 2,070 scrimmage yards which will top his rookie season (1,994 yards). There is no time to take the foot off the gas, the Cowboys need to keep feeding the beast as he gives them the best chance to win.
Vander Esch’s Impact
Back in April during the NFL Draft, Cowboys fans across the world were very critical when the front office chose linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with the 19th pick. Fast Forward to week 10, Vander Esch has been one of the team’s best defensive players and named Defensive Player of the Week.
Vander Esch has recorded an interception for the second straight game as he continues to show everyone why the Cowboys thought so highly of him.
Stephen Jones, Vice President of Football Operations told reporters linebacker Sean Lee will split time with Jaylon Smith and Vander Esch when he is healthy. At this point, it is best to keep Vander Esch as the starter because Lee has shown his entire career he cannot be counted on,
It is the Vander Esch show and he will continue to thrive in this defense.
Byron “Lockdown” Jones
The first thing defensive backs coach Kris Richard did was moved Byron Jones from safety to cornerback and everyone now understands the logic.
Last game against Atlanta, Jones was targeted six times but only allowed two catches for 22 yards. One of those catches were to Julio Jones for only 19 yards, Jones has been the best overall corner back in the league through ten weeks and it is not close.
Jones has been one of the top performers on defense and a big part of why they only give up 19 PPG which is top five in the league.
He has literally taken away every team’s best receiver and opposing quarterbacks rarely throw his way, that is how well he has played this season. Jones keeps this momentum going he will become an All-Pro for the first time in his career and will look to become one of the highest paid corner backs.
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