The Dallas Cowboys have had several players step up in the absence of starting quarterback Dak Prescott. Some people wrote the Cowboys off after Prescott injured his thumb in their Week 1 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, saying their season was already over.
No one told the Cowboys that, as they have since rallied and have won three straight games. A lot of credit is going to Cooper Rush, the quarterback that replaced Prescott, and rightfully so. He has the offense playing about as well as you could expect from a backup quarterback.
The team’s defense has also been very good throughout the season. The most points that Dallas has allowed this season is 19, which came in the opener. While they are still vulnerable to opponents running the ball, the pass defense has been excellent.
The big reason for that is the ascension of cornerback Trevon Diggs. Diggs turned in an All-Pro season in 2021, leading the league with 11 interceptions. However, part of the reason he had so many interceptions was that teams weren’t afraid to throw at him as he also surrendered more than 1,000 yards receiving.
This season, Diggs has turned into a different player. He has taken his game to another level as he is limiting the yardage against him as well. His prowess was on full display in Week 3 against the Washington Commanders.
Terry McLaurin managed only 14 yards on two receptions in the game as Diggs helped neutralize him throughout the afternoon. No matter who Diggs lined up with, he was getting the job done. According to PFF, Diggs put together an elite 92 coverage grade in the Week 4 matchup.
The Alabama product finished the game with one interception and three passes defended, playing every defensive snap for the third time in four games. With him playing at such an elite level and the pass rush picking things up as well, the Cowboys’ defense is playing at a high level, helping pick up any slack there may be with the offense.