All the Dallas Cowboys need to do is make their star players bigger as long as Dak Prescott is out of the lineup.
In the fourth quarter on Monday night, CeeDee Lamb didn’t do much. The No. 1 receiver didn’t make much of an impact. 1 new the Cowboys. His biggest moment this season wasn’t good enough, resulting in a huge catch in the first half against the New York Giants. He was mostly a ghost when the offense desperately needed to make plays.
When the Boys needed him most in the fourth quarter, Uain came alive. He held on for a 4-yard catch on fourth-and-4 despite a hard hit. He got loose for 26 yards down to the 1 yard line. Then he made a remarkable shot, hauling in Cooper Rush’s pass with one hand and tapping his toes in bounds. It was a highlight reel catch.
Those three plays were the biggest difference in a huge 23-16 win for the Cowboys, who are looking to stay in the playoff race until Prescott returns from thumb surgery. They are doing a good job of it.
Dallas is 2-0 with Rush starting, which is better than anyone could have expected. Rush did his job again on Monday night. The defense was great. But Lamb was the hero after a rough start.
Offenses start very slowly on ‘MNF’
The game didn’t touch until about two hours after it started. Saquon Barkley, who looks rejuvenated this season, had a nice touchdown run, cut across the field for 36 yards and the score. That gave the Giants a 13-6 lead with less than six minutes left in the third quarter.
The Cowboys’ offense, which had been dormant all night, came alive after Barkley’s touchdown. Dallas had its best drive to that point of the night, going 75 yards on nine plays. Ezekiel Elliott scored 1 yard out to tie the game.
It took a while, but suddenly there was some intrigue on “Monday Night Football.”
One of the reasons was that Lamb dropped a potential touchdown pass right into his hands. Rush hit him 40 yards downfield and had a good shot at a 52-yard touchdown but dropped a perfect pass. There were other moments on Monday night when Lamb was not at the event. Through 11 quarters of the season it was a bit disappointing.
He made up for that and then some when he got hot in the fourth quarter and carried the Cowboys to the lead. That’s what the Cowboys wanted to see this season, and that’s exactly what they needed to steal a big game on Monday night.
Cowboys staying alive without Dak Prescott
The NFC East probably won’t be very good this season, outside of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Giants started 2-0 but nobody really bought into them after two close wins against mediocre teams. The Washington Commanders are probably bad again.
The Cowboys had an excuse ready. Prescott has been out since suffering a thumb injury late in the Week 1 loss, though he hopes to return soon. Until he is back, the Cowboys offense will struggle to score. Rush has done well as a fill-in, but it’s different when Prescott is starting.
They are competing without Prescott. The defense had a great pass rush and kept the Cowboys in the game. Dallas looked to be in trouble after Barkley’s touchdown, but he responded in a big way. The Giants still had their chances. They had 91 yards to go with less than two minutes left after a Cowboys punt. Trevon Diggs picked off Daniel Jones with 1:09 left and the win was sealed.
The Cowboys were looking at the possibility of a terrible start with Prescott missing several weeks, but they’ve pulled together, the defense has been very good and they’ve gotten big plays when they needed them. It looks like they’ll still be within range of the Eagles by the time Prescott returns. That’s great.
If Dallas makes the playoffs, Monday night’s win will be a big reason for that. And Lamb should get most of the credit.