The Dallas Cowboys put on a defensive display on Sunday, beating the Carolina Panthers 36-28 at AT&T Stadium. And maybe the D led by Trevon Diggs is about to get healthier.
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The score might not reflect it due to two late and soft touchdowns from the Panthers, but the Cowboys defense dominated Sunday’s game, to the tune of two interceptions from Diggs and five sacks from Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold. . The five sacks are significant because Darnold set the tone early in the game by attempting two touchdowns.
The five sacks for the Cowboys is something that a year ago might have seemed ridiculous. But it wasn’t the 2020 defense that embarrassed fans so much last season. The highly anticipated return of defensive end Randy Gregory was anything but disappointing, and on Sunday he recorded two sacks. Tarell Basham and Micah Parsons each contributed with one, and Chauncy Golston and Osa Odighizuwa combined for another.
It feels like making what could be a Championship defense as he seems to get stronger every week. And as our Mike Fisher noted on Monday afternoon, starting linebacker Keanu Neal must now come back from the COVID roster.
Diggs was one pick from the Cowboys’ one-game interception record of three, but is close to matching or breaking the Cowboys single-season interception record, set by Everson Walls in 1981 at 11.
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Diggs’ absence from the game for Carolina’s last practice was curious, with the on-air “player management” explanation raised concerns about injury.
After the match, a tight back was cited as the reason for his absence, with no lingering effects expected.
What does the rest of 2021 have in store for this defense? Well, we didn’t even get into what Micah Parsons did, as there is enough for his own written work.
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