In the NFL, anything can happen on any given Sunday. The Cowboys proved just that as they knocked off the high-powered Bengals offense in a game that the defense dominated for long stretches.
Cowboys All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs entered the matchup under a microscope. It is well-known that Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase got the better of him in college. And it was expected that Chase was going to have a big game again.
Instead, Diggs had other plans. The young defensive back more than held his own against Chase and fellow Bengals wideout Tee Higgins. Joe Burrow threw for less than 200 yards, and the Bengals offense never really took off.
Diggs gets best of Chase
Ja’Marr Chase entered the game against the Cowboys on a high. The star wideout grabbed 10 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one.
Yet, he did not enjoy that kind of success in week two. Despite calling out Diggs ahead of the game:
Chase was targeted nine times during the game, catching five passes for 54 yards. It was a solid performance by a Cowboys secondary that needed to make it hard on the Bengals’ weapons.
Trevon Diggs, in particular, had a really good performance against the emerging superstar.
Trevon Diggs in coverage vs Ja'Marr Chase:— PFF (@PFF) September 19, 2022
🔒 2 catches allowed
🔒 14 yards allowed pic.twitter.com/4nKuWpOaLI
Diggs held Chase to just two catches for 14 yards in the performance. A lot of the credit can be given to Micah Parsons and the pass rush for that stat. That said, Diggs did his job well when he was tested through the air in week two.
To be fair, Diggs did not shadow Chase throughout the game. He did cover Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd at different points. Still, Diggs turned in a nice performance on a big stage.
Cowboys made key stops in win
Additionally, Trevon Diggs showed off his ability to make tackles in key moments. Diggs is far from a defensive back that will be known for his tackling, However, he stepped up to the occassion when the Dallas Cowboys needed it.
The Bengals needed a first down on their final possession of the game. The Cowboys needed a stop to avoid losing back-to-back games on their home turf. That’s when Diggs forced the Bengals to punt the ball away.
Joe Burrow and the Bengals challenged Trevon Diggs to make an open field tackle on third down. Diggs did just that, wrapping up Tyler Boyd short of the sticks. The Bengals punted the ball to the Cowboys.
Dallas would go on to win the game. Kicker Brett Maher drilled a 50-yard attempt as time expired. The Cowboys came out victorious, 20-17, in a battle between two teams looking for their first win of the season.
Trevon Diggs played a key role in the Cowboys coming out on top. And he got the last laugh on Ja’Marr Chase in the process.
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