The Dallas Cowboys defense played tough against the New York Giants. Maybe their best performance of the year. Here are five players who stood out.
The Dallas Cowboys have exhibited up and down play so far this season, sometimes good and sometimes bad. But mostly, they’ve seemed to have been led by their offense.
Don’t get me wrong. This is great news. It’s especially refreshing coming off last year, when Dallas’s offense could be uninspiring at times, even downright anemic.
Last year, it was the defense that was the star of the show, and was a top-five defense for most of the year. With stars like defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, and cornerback, Byron Jones, they were downright exciting at times.
For much of the first seven games this year, however, the Cowboys defense has not seemed quite as dynamic as many of us expected. They weren’t bad, but they just didn’t seem quite as strong as we thought they would. Especially with some of their defensive stars.
For example, before Monday night DeMarcus Lawrence only had 3.5 sacks in his first seven games. The linebacking corps also hasn’t looked as dominant as last year. Neither Vander Esch or Smith has looked as good as last year. The defense as a whole hasn’t appeared very strong against the run.
Monday night might have been a turning point. The defense looked downright stout, and mounted several goal-line stands, limiting the New York Giants to field goals from inside the ten-yard line. In fact, the Giants penetrated the Cowboys red zone five times, and only scored one touchdown, settling for field goals instead four times.
Monday night looked like an improvement to me. Especially for certain players. Observe …