The Dallas Cowboys struck gold with the hire of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in 2020, and it was on full display in Week 3. With just two minutes to play against the New York Giants on Monday, his defense took the field with a seven-point lead and sealed the win with an interception by Trevon Diggs.

Although the Cowboys avoided the game possibly slipping through their fingers with an extra quarter of action, Quinn mentioned that if it had taken more time to get the Cowboys’ second straight win, his soldiers wouldn’t have been phased.

“If it had to go longer, we were ready to get it on longer,” said Quinn. “If they wanna fight for 5 quarters, we can get it on for 5 quarters.”

The Cowboys’ defense has shown repeatedly during the first several weeks of the season that they will go the extra mile to win. Although they lost their opener, they held Tom Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense to just 19 points (one touchdown, four field goals). In Week 2 against the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals, the aforementioned Diggs ended a late fourth-quarter drive with back-to-back tackles, which set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.

That resolve has been prevalent on the offensive side of the ball as well. Despite not having quarterback Dak Prescott for the last two games, and All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith plus wide receiver Michael Gallup still out, the Cowboys’ offense has made big plays at the most crucial moments during the team’s two wins, and kept them on pace in the NFC East.

Every NFL season presents highs and lows for each team but it’s how they handle those difficult moments that will ultimately decide their fate. The Cowboys’ identity so far this season has been that of a team that will fight tooth and nail regardless of the circumstances which can only serve them well once they have all of their guys healthy.

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