The Dallas Cowboys are one of the NFL’s hottest teams. They’ve reeled off five straight victories after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener. After a much-need bye week, Dallas returns to action against the Minnesota Vikings. All eyes will be on Justin Jefferson vs. Trevon Diggs. The Vikings’ wideout sent a message to the Cowboys star ahead of their matchup.
Trevon Diggs is the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year right now
Trevon Diggs has come a long way in such a short amount of time. The Dallas Cowboys’ 2020 second-rounder struggled early in his rookie season. He experienced a learning curve but started to show promise at the end of the 2020 season.
Diggs entered 2021 with more confidence, and it shows in his play on the field. The Alabama product matched up with elite college competition and is covering some of the best wide receivers in the NFL today.
Diggs has lined up against Mike Evans, Keenan Allen, DeVonta Smith, and D.J. Moore. He completely shut Evans and Smith down. Allen and Moore made some plays, but Diggs more than held his own against them.
The second-year corner has registered 23 tackles in 2021, but he’s genuinely shined as a cover corner. Diggs leads the league with seven interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He’s also returned two interceptions for touchdowns.
Diggs will face his stiffest test of the season against Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen of the Minnesota Vikings.
Justin Jefferson welcomes the challenge of matching up with the Cowboys’ corner
The Vikings’ offense features one of the NFL’s best wide receiver tandems in Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen.
The Vikings’ front office hit the jackpot when they landed Jefferson at No. 22 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Four wide receivers came off the board before the LSU product heard his name, including Henry Ruggs III, Jerry Jeudy, and Jalen Reagor. The Cowboys drafted CeeDee Lamb at No. 17, and he’s a young stud.
However, Jefferson has outperformed all of them. The Rose, Louisiana native caught 88 passes for 1,400 yards and seven touchdowns in his first season. He broke the NFL’s rookie receiving record and put the league on notice.
Jefferson can make another statement with a strong performance against one of the hottest cornerbacks in the NFL. He recently was a guest on The Richard Sherman Podcast. Sherman asked Jefferson about the matchup with Trevon Diggs.
“I love this matchup, honestly,” said Jefferson. “One, it’s Sunday night, so you already know what time it is with that…He’s been doing his thing, and I love it because I get to go against him and show the world…He’s a ballhawk, and I am too.”
Diggs is ready for the matchup with Jefferson, too. “He’s definitely one of the best receivers in our draft class,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “He and CeeDee [Lamb] are much alike. Really good, talented, go get the ball, good routes, and yeah, it’s going to be a good matchup.”
This is will undoubtedly be the matchup to watch when the Vikings host the Cowboys.
The Vikings-Cowboys game could be a shootout
The Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Sunday Night Football matchup is a sneaky good one. The Cowboys have lost just one game, and the 3-3 Vikings have something to prove against one of the NFL’s hottest teams.
When both of these offenses are at full strength, they can be extremely dangerous. Dallas’ offense ranks fourth in team offense, averaging over 34 points and 460 yards per game.
Not many teams can match the talent the Cowboys have at their skill positions. CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper command plenty of attention from opposing defenses. Michael Gallup is returning from injury, completing one of the NFL’s top trios. Ezekiel Elliott has enjoyed a bounce-back season and is fifth in rushing.
Dak Prescott’s availability is of utmost concern for Dallas. When he’s on the field, Kellen Moore‘s offense doesn’t miss a beat.
Minnesota’s offense hasn’t been at full strength for the entire season due to Dalvin Cook’s ankle injury, which caused him to miss two games. He’s one of the most talented running backs in the league and makes the Vikings’ offense tick.
Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are versatile receiving threats who can stretch the field against defenses. Kirk Cousins’ value as a starting quarterback is underrated as well. He’s made some big-time plays in 2021 and rarely turned the ball over.
While both defenses have played well, they have been susceptible to big plays at times. Regardless of record, this game could be explosive.
The Justin Jefferson-Trevon Diggs matchup will be the highlight of the night, though.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.