The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a dominant performance against the Minnesota Vikings. But, before that statement performance, the Cowboys fell to the Green Bay Packers in less-than-ideal fashion.

Dallas blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead to Green Bay in the 31-28 overtime loss. The Cowboys seemingly had the game in the bag before Aaron Rodgers flipped the switch and the defense failed to get a meaningful stop.

As a result, several Cowboys defenders voiced their frustrations leading up to the Vikings game. Micah Parsons was among the most vocal of the group. The favorite for Defensive Player of the Year honors stated that it would not happen again.

Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse also voiced his displeasure of the defense’s performance following the loss at Lambeau Field. Kearse has grown into one of the leaders of the locker room, so his words are always significant.

“You should be angry. You should be frustrated, If you’re not, then I think we got the wrong guys on the defense,” Kearse said after the Packers game and before the Vikings performance.

Needless to say, Parsons and Kearse — as well as the entire Cowboys team — backed up their words. They went out on Sunday and made a loud statement to the league that they are contenders.

Cowboys backed up words

Dallas backed up their words in dominant fashion. The offense scored 40 points on the road in a tough place to play. The defense began the game with a bang, forcing a fumble on the opening possession.

It was all Cowboys for four quarters. Even when the Cowboys pulled their starters, it was clear who was the better team. And the Vikings entered the matchup with just one loss on the year, making it even more impressive for Dallas.

That was the latest sign — and a significant theme — that the Cowboys are proving to be different this season. It would have been easy for Dallas to let their fourth quarter collapse against the Packers to carry over to a loss against a talented Vikings team.

Instead, the Cowboys came out strong and put the NFL on notice. Just like they did when they rolled off four consecutive wins while Dak Prescott was injured. It’s not easy to win without your QB1, but the Cowboys displayed resilience early this year.

Things are setting up for the Dallas Cowboys to make a run this season. The leadership in the locker room is a big reason for that.

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