The Big D’s played like the winners they are at 12-2 Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With the red hot Buccaneers coming to town, the Cowboys knew that they had to get back on their game while on National television. Tampa Bay and Jameis Winston were ready to pillage once they landed on Texas turf.
This Big D is for the 2016 defense of Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus – that is surprising everyone except for themselves. Tyrone Crawford said during summer camp that this defense was going to surprise people, but no one on the Cowboys’ defensive is satisfied, yet. This no name defense is making a Big name for themselves. This group has been quietly been playing with the spirit of the True Cowboy. They get better each week. This defense isn’t finished yet, either. Forcing two interceptions and two fumbles in the game put this team in position to win.
Big D, as in David Irving. Irving played balls out! David showed up in the fourth quarter and demolished what the Bucs had left in fighting spirit. The 6’7″, 273 pound giant played his finest game of the season, just when the team needed him to step-up. Irving was playing in the “zone” during the fourth quarter, frustrating Winston and causing havoc with Tampa’s offense as a whole.
Big D, as in our franchise, rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott. Prescott shut critics up, although haters will always have the Cowboys in their mouths. Prescott impressed the Nation as he passed for 279 yards. Dak was an impressive 32-36 and kept the defense on their heels. The offensive line opened up a hole I could have scored on, and Prescott ran into the end zone, untouched. Dak was poised and you can tell he had put the Giants’ game far behind him. There is NO quarterback controversy in Big D. This is and has been Prescott’s team since game one.
Dez Bryant learned his lesson. He let his play do the talking on the field. Big D, as in our number one receiver, showed why he is our number one. Bryant bounced back from the dismal performances of his last two games. He kept the sticks moving and the defense honest, as they couldn’t stack the box the way Minnesota and the Giants were able to do. Bryant played a typical, very physical game and when he plays like he did on Sunday night, he motivates the entire offense.
Ezekiel Elliott was a wrecking ball against the Bucs. Zeke carried the rock 23 time for a career high of 159 yards and one touchdown. Elliott had his share of dirty carries in this game and he only became stronger as the game wore on. He continues to punish the opponents defensive backfields by getting to the second and third levels. Our number four overall choice in this year’ NFL Draft is only 258 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s All Time NFL Rookie Rushing Record. If Elliott doesn’t make it with two more games to play, he has nothing to be embarrassed about. He is going to lead his team to the NFC East Championship and Home Field Advantage throughout the playoffs.
Orlando Scandrick put the finishing touch on a game well played by intercepting Winston.
The Cowboys held of the invading pirates from Tampa Bay. They protected the Big D by winning 26-20 against a tough opponent. Next on the schedule are the Detroit Lions from the NFC North, on Monday Night Football, at home. A Giants’ loss on Thursday Night Football or a win against the Lions will place the first seed, Dallas Cowboys, with the NFC East Title and Home Field Advantage throughout the playoffs.