The Dallas Cowboys blew out the Washington Football team on Sunday Night Football, 56-14. In the process, they proved to the rest of the NFL that they have a team that can win the Super Bowl.
That’s easier said than done, of course, but the Cowboys played the type of complete game against Washington that would make their past Super Bowl teams proud
The Dallas Cowboys are on fire heading into the playoffs
There are still two more weekends of regular-season action left to go, but if the playoffs started today, there isn’t a team in the NFC that would want to go up against these Cowboys in the playoffs.
A terrible November that saw Dallas lose three of four games seems well in the rearview mirror. The Cowboys are on a four-game winning streak and have slowly but surely been putting it all together. Though the offense has had some less than dominant moments, Dallas’ defense is playing like a unit trying to earn itself an all-time nickname. Maybe the one rookie sensation Micah Parsons came up with will end up sticking.
The Cowboys have given up just 14.25 points per game on defense in the last four, and they’ve forced a stunning 14 turnovers in this stretch.
Against Washington, the offense finally caught up.
The Cowboys proved their true offensive potential against Washington
It hasn’t always looked this way in 2021, which is honestly why many have doubted Dak Prescott and the Cowboys as a legitimate contender this season. And yes, you need to consider the opponent. Washington is banged up this season and now riding a three-game losing skid. Still, the offense that showed up on the field on Sunday night had the looks of the unit that Jerry Jones has likely been dreaming of while falling asleep on his $250 million yacht.
The Cowboys put up 497 total yards of offense on Washington, and that included 389 yards through the air. Prescott was an efficient 28-of-39 for 330 yards, four touchdowns, and he didn’t throw an interception for the second-straight game. Ezekiel Elliott found the end zone twice, once in the air and once on the ground, and four other Cowboys found the end zone on offense: Amari Cooper, Malik Turner, Dalton Schultz, and yes, offense tackle Terrence Steele.
The Cowboys were 10-of-15 on third down, 1-of-1 on fourth down, and perfect in the red zone, going 6-of-6.
It was a clinic.
This Cowboys team can win the Super Bowl
The Dallas team we saw in November looked like a first-round loser. The one that showed up against Washington on Sunday night looked to be a Super Bowl contender. Now the question is this: Which one is going to show up in the playoffs?
The defense has proven that it’s going to play at a high level. Parsons is incredible, Trevon Diggs is an interception machine, and we haven’t even mentioned DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory, or Leighton Vander Esch. The Cowboys are elite on defense. They have what it takes to go up against superstars like Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady and make them pay.
The offense is truly the big question mark for Dallas, but the good news is that it appears to be heating up. Elliott has been dealing with a knee injury all season, but he looked engaged and explosive against Washington. Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are two of the more dynamic wideouts in football, and Schultz is becoming a star for Dallas at tight end.
If Prescott continues to play the way he did against Washington, it’s not tough to see the Cowboys making a run all the way to Super Bowl 56.