The Dallas Cowboys dominated the Philadelphia Eagles for most of Monday Night Football. There wasn’t much to write home about for the Eagles. It was an ugly game for them. Conversely, we saw a few things from the Cowboys that are very … not Cowboys-like. The defense is still very much an unknown going forward, but they’re also missing four defensive starters, including their best defensive player, DeMarcus Lawrence. Nevertheless, on Monday night, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and cornerback Trevon Diggs shined through for the Cowboys.
Kellen Moore will be the Dallas Cowboys’ next head coach
Jerry Jones brought Mike McCarthy to Dallas because he’d won one Super Bowl with a barely human quarterback in his prime. And he conned the Cowboys with a Peter King feature and some lies about watching the Cowboys in 2019.
Tonight, right before the half, the Eagles were in a third-and-long situation. The referee practically begged McCarthy to call a timeout so Dak Prescott could get the ball back in his hands for one more drive before the half.
Kellen Moore was billed as an offensive genius from the time he left Boise State. While he never should have been an NFL QB, he was incredibly intelligent.
Now, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, and he’s figured out his flow for play-calling. It takes time to get a feel for it, and he’s finally figured out how to marry the scheme and the call. Moore makes very few poor calls throughout a game, and the way he uses personnel and formation to his advantage is beautiful.
There’s a better chance of creating a livable Mars than seeing Moore walk out of The Star as the head coach of another NFL team. Jerry would fire McCarthy if it came to it. Until then, he’ll continue to throw as much money as possible to keep him in Dallas.
The Cowboys have arguably the most well-rounded offense in the NFL
There’s simply too much to take away. Both running backs can beat opposing defenses. Both tight ends are playmaking receivers, and they have a three-headed monster at receiver when they’re all healthy.
But even that isn’t all that important because Cedrick Wilson is more than capable of being a WR3. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it all comes down to Prescott.
Today, he went 21 of 26 for 238 yards and 2 touchdowns. He averaged 9.2 yards per attempt and had a completion percentage over expectation of +14.8, tied with Russell Wilson’s and just shy of Baker Mayfield’s Week 1 performances.
If OT Tyron Smith remains healthy (which is an admittedly big ask), this team should have no problems moving the ball down the field in practically any way they please.
Trevon Diggs is becoming a superstar
I certainly never thought it would happen. I didn’t think a 6-foot-2, 210-pound cornerback could move well enough at a reactionary position to flourish at the NFL level. It turns out I may have been very wrong.
At the same time, maybe I should have seen this coming. After all, his brother, Stefon Diggs, is one of the best route runners in the NFL. Heck, look at what he’s done for Josh Allen’s career!
Trevon Diggs now has 6 interceptions and 14 pass deflections in his past eight games. I knew coming out of Alabama that he had some pretty nutty ball skills. What I didn’t consider is that Diggs only played cornerback for two seasons when he was drafted. And even then, he played in the slot as a junior and on the outside as a senior.
He’s still learning the position and doing a far better job in a reactionary role playing man coverage than I dreamed he could be. He might get toasted every now and then, but that is the way of the ball-hawking defensive backs like Xavien Howard and Marcus Peters.
Tonight was his official coming-out party. Diggs absolutely demoralized two of his former teammates — Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith. Now, he’s traveled around with Mike Evans, Keenan Allen, and Smith.
Next week, he faces DJ Moore, who is the fourth different type of receiver he’ll challenge in four weeks. Dallas’ defense is still bad. But man, at least they’re fun now!