The Dallas Cowboys have won their last three games, giving them a record of 3-1 with two early divisional victories keeping their hopes of repeating as NFC East champions alive. What makes those victories so extraordinary is the fact they achieve them without their starting quarterback, Dak Prescott.
Prescott suffered a thumb injury in Week One that forced the Cowboys to start backup quarterback Cooper Rush for the past three games. And the sixth-year passer was able to accomplish something no other player in NFL history has, winning each of his first four career starts with a passer rating of 90 or higher. So far this season, Rush has passed for 737 passing yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
While Rush’s ability to stay clean in the pocket has been a major factor in the Cowboys’ three-game winning streak, it’s the Dallas defense that been the main reason for the team staying competitive through this stretch. Even Rush admitted this fact recently: “They’re the reason we’re winning. It’s plain and simple.”
And while it’s been the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, linebacker Micah Parsons, garnering the majority of the headlines, the impressive play of All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs has been earning heaps of praise as well. Especially following the Cowboys’ 25-10 victory over the Washington Commanders this past Sunday.
According to Pro Football Focus, Diggs allowed only a single catch by the Washington receivers he was covering, forced two incompletions, an interception, and allowed a passer rating of 0.0.
It was another stellar performance for Diggs, who had sealed the Cowboys’ victory over the New York Giants the week prior with an interception. Whether it’s been a key pass deflection in the endzone on fourth down against the Commanders or a key tackle to force a punt against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week Two, the third-year corner is living up to his All-Pro billing.
The play of the 24-year old Diggs has also earned the respect of several players both in and out of the league. And that includes former Seattle Seahawks’ great, Richard Sherman. The five-time Pro Bowl cornerback and Super Bowl winner played for current Cowboys’ defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, in Seattle, and was part of the legendary Legion of Boom defense.
Sherman, who played as the No. 1 cornerback in Quinn’s system in Seattle, the spot Diggs currently occupies in Dallas, is uniquely qualified to judge the young defender’s play. And according to him, Trevon is making it look easy.
Trevon Diggs is proving his doubters wrong this season. That after facing harsh criticism as being a book-or-bust player who often gives up the big play and too many passing yards. And the Dallas Cowboys are winning without Dak Prescott in large part because of his play.