The Dallas Cowboys scored 54 points – provided by offense and defense – to defeat the Indianapolis Colts for their ninth win of the season. Many players shined as the team scored eight total touchdowns but it wasn’t all a celebration once the game was done.

Why?

Jerry Jones said cornerback Anthony Brown suffered a torn Achilles, a season-ending injury for #3.

Brown has consistently been in the eye of the storm of Cowboys fans. The veteran cornerback is beaten deep often as Sunday quarterbacks seem to be willing to target him time and time again.

However, Dallas knows that Brown is a decent cornerback that plays well in short and intermediate passes. Though far from being a top-tier defender, Brown is above average. Given the way that NFL rosters are built, that’s valuable enough for the Cowboys.

Now the Cowboys will be forced to bet on Kelvin Joseph and rookie DaRon Bland to man the cornerback position alongside Trevon Diggs. In Jourdan Lewis’ absence, Bland primarily had to play inside but it will be intriguing to see if Dan Quinn aims to shake things up following Brown’s injury.

It will be a tough decision for the Cowboys defensive coordinator. Bland has been playing inside for a while now and as his two interceptions on Sunday night suggest, he looks comfortable enough for a Day 3 rookie. Has he earned the opportunity to get looks outside? Or do the Cowboys want to have the least possible tweaks in the secondary?

On the other hand, Kelvin Joseph still has a lot to prove. He’s made costly mistakes in coverage and is a risky bet to start outside. The former second-round draft pick will likely get an opportunity to prove himself.

Thirteen weeks into the season, the Cowboys have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Although that’s mainly because of their unrelenting pass rush, their coverage in the backend has allowed Quinn to deploy his weapons up front in creative ways.

Make no mistake about it, losing Anthony Brown is a very tough blow for the Cowboys’ defense despite what knee-jerk reactions tell you on social media.

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