The Dallas Cowboys are riding back-to-back wins after Dak Prescott went down with injury. Those victories include a home win over the Cincinnati Bengals and a road win over division rival New York Giants.
Backup quarterback Cooper Rush has stepped up to the plate in the past two games. Wide receiver Noah Brown has emerged as a reliable target. The offensive line has played strong, too.
But the real story of the two wins is the defense. Dan Quinn has his unit rolling through the first three weeks of the season — dating back to week one against Tom Brady. The defense is flying around, making plays, and limiting points on the scoreboard.
That is exactly why the Cowboys should pull off its third consecutive win on Sunday against the Washington Commanders.
Stat that points to Cowboys win
It is no secret that the Dallas Cowboys can get after the quarterback. Micah Parsons, specifically, is among the best in the NFL at doing just that.
That is good news for the Dallas Cowboys. Because the Commanders are coming off a game where the team allowed nine sacks in a loss versus the Philadelphia Eagles. Parsons and company have to be licking their lips.
Furthermore, the Dallas Cowboys lead the entire league in sacks. Parsons has a team-high four sacks on the season. DeMarcus Lawrence and Dorance Armstrong have each added three themselves. No matter who it is, the Cowboys are having success at getting into the backfield.
The Dallas Cowboys lead the league with 13 sacks.— Dalton Miller (@DaltonBMiller) September 28, 2022
The Washington Commanders have allowed a league-leading 15 sacks.
So yeah, that'll be something to watch.
Washington has struggled to protect the quarterback this season. That much is very clear. However, some of these sacks are directly attributed to Carson Wentz. Wentz is known to hold onto the football too long in hopes of making the big play.
Wentz’s mindset, combined with the Commanders’ offensive line struggles, play right into the hands of the Cowboys.
The Commanders do have some electric offensive playmakers, led by Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel, and Antonio Gibson. But, that does not matter if Wentz is on the turf.
Dallas is a 3.5-point favorite in week four. The numbers certainly line up in favor of the Cowboys notching its third consecutive victory.
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