NOTES: Cowboys O sizzles behind Prescott, Lamb

Dec 24, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) celebrates with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NOTES: Cowboys O sizzles behind Prescott, Lamb

In a game that featured a little bit of everything on both sides of the ball, the Cowboys eventually came out on top behind an offensive explosion that racked up 40 points on 419 total yards in 72 plays.

The Cowboys did most of their damage through the air against, what was, the NFL’s top-ranked pass defense this season. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw for a season-high 347 yards against an Eagles defense that came into Saturday’s matchup surrendering just 169.3 yards per game through the air.

After an early interception, Prescott was nearly flawless, throwing for three touchdowns and finishing the game with a 124.3 QB Rating while completing just over 77% of his throws.

“The only way to keep going is by responding,” said Prescott, who became the first quarterback this season to throw for more than 300 yards on Philadelphia. “It is showing that whatever happened last play doesn’t really matter; it is all about the next play. That’s who I am.”

Wide receiver CeeDee Lamb finished with 120 yards receiving on 10 catches, despite continuously drawing double coverage during his 62 snaps played. His big afternoon put him over 1,207 yards in 15 games this season.

“If you keep trying to double me, (we) have playmakers on the outside,” Lamb said. “I have the utmost confidence in each and every one of them. And it showed (Saturday).”

When Lamb was covered, Prescott found seven other Cowboys to distribute the ball to, including T.Y. Hilton, who made the first catch of his Cowboys tenure – a 52-yard grab on third and 30 in the fourth quarter with Dallas trailing 34-27.

“We are just going to let the play do all the talking,” Lamb said. “I feel like we have settled all the questions. We just have to go out there and do what we do.”

It was Lamb’s fourth game with over 100 yards receiving this season and eighth of his 3-year career. It is his second-straight game of over 120 yards after grabbing seven passes for 126 against Jacksonville.

“It was great to see him break 1,000 yards last week, but then just continue to build on that,” Prescott said about Lamb. “He’s a hell of a receiver. He’s young, very young, and he has a lot left in him, and he’s just getting started. We’re blessed to have him.”

Bland has knack for ball

Cowboys rookie defensive back DaRon Bland found himself on the end of an interception on Saturday afternoon against Philadelphia.

Bland, a fifth-round pick out of Fresno State, outdueled Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins for the football on a third and four at the Dallas 46-yard line with the game tied 34-34 and just 4:19 to play in the game.

“Anytime the ball is in the air, I think it’s mine,” Bland said. “It’s coming for me.”

The Cowboys turned Bland’s interception of Gardner Minshew into a 48-yard field goal from Brett Maher. It gave Dallas a lead that they would never relinquish.

“He was making it hard for us out there, using his feet and looking downfield,” Bland said about Minshew. “So, we had to stay sticky in our coverage.”

It was Bland’s fifth INT of the season, which ties him for second on the team’s all-time list for rookie interceptions with safety Roy Williams and cornerback Derek Ross, who both accomplished the feat in 2002. They are all three behind Everson Walls, who had 11 INTs during his rookie season in 1981.

Bland now leads the team in interceptions this season, just in front of Trevon Diggs (3), Malik Hooker (2), and four other Cowboys with one.

Turpin close to breaking one

Cowboys kick and punt return specialist KaVontae Turpin came close to taking back his first kick for a touchdown in Dallas’s win on Saturday.

Turpin ripped off a 56-yard return to open the second half, but it was wiped out by a penalty. Turpin took the kick seven yards deep in the end zone and returned it to the Dallas 49, but Nahshon Wright was flagged for holding to wipe out the return.

Turpin, selected to his first Pro Bowl, is fifth in the NFL in punt return yards at 11.9 per attempt. He is ninth in kickoff return yards by players with double-digit returns, averaging 24.1 yards per kickoff return.

Maher’s accuracy puts him at top of league

Cowboys kicker Brett Maher is having a career season.

Maher has made 90% of his field goal attempts this season, which includes going 13-for-13 from 0-39 yards and 5-of-6 from 40-49 yards.

Where Maher has shined the most is from over 50 yards, where he has missed just twice. His nine makes are best in the NFL this season, tied with Las Vegas kicker Daniel Carlson.

Maher’s season-best came from 60 yards out in the Cowboys’ 40-3 win over Minnesota in Week 11.

Cowboys face another top RB

The Cowboys’ defense will get another crack at one of the top five running backs in the NFL on Thursday night when they meet up with Derrick Henry.

Henry, who comes in second in the NFL with 1,429 yards this season on 319 attempts, will be the sixth running back the Cowboys have faced that has enough yards rushing to qualify for the NFL’s top 10.

The Cowboys have faced Saquon Barkley twice, Miles Sanders twice, Dalvin Cook, Justin Fields, and Travis Etienne Jr., all in the NFL’s top 10 in rushing yards, and all of them have put up more than 1,000 yards this season.

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