The Dallas Cowboys have been dominant this year en route to their NFC best 6-1 start. And they look like a team who could be in Super Bowl contention this year.
For the Cowboys, the offense and their dynamic rookie duo of quarterback Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott and have gotten most of the credit for their impressive start. Elliott was even named the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Month for October earlier on Thursday.
Although the rookies have been spectacular and the offense deserves credit for the strong start, the defense has been equally impressive.
Through eight weeks, Dallas is in the top-5 for points against; they are in the top-10 for total yards given up, and their +4 turnover differential is the seventh best in the league. So clearly the Cowboy defense has done it’s fair share in lifting the team to the 6-1 start.
Even more impressively, the Cowboys are the only team in the NFL who has not allowed an individual 100-yard rusher or receiver this season. They’ve accomplished this feat, despite playing against some of the league’s most dynamic playmakers.
When you look at the schedule they’ve played through the first seven games, the Cowboys have played the Giants, Bengals and Packers. That means they were able to hold the likes of Odell Beckham, A.J. Green and Jordy Nelson to under 100-yards in each game they played against them, which as we’ve seen in the past, is no easy task.