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Dallas Cowboys vs. Eagles Stock Report: Stephon Gilmore, Dak Prescott dominate


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It really does not get much better than that, folks. Let’s get it out of the way and say that Sunday night was not the Super Bowl for the Dallas Cowboys. But it was a big-time showdown against the team with the best record in the NFL. That the team in question happened to be the hated Philadelphia Eagles, and that the Cowboys assured Philly had no chance in the contest from the jump, made everything sweeter and more delicious.

It is only the second week of December and perspective is important, but that street goes both ways. We root for one of the best teams in the NFL and they might have the best player in the NFL on both sides of the ball at this moment in time. How unreal is that?

These are the kinds of games and performances that forge lasting memories for us as fans, especially with it happening at the Christmas season.

We have nothing but stock ups to hand out after Sunday night for our weekly stock report. Let us begin!

Stock Up: Dak Prescott

This is the current MVP of the NFL, folks.

Prescott had a “down” night for his recent standards and still threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns while helping ensure that the Cowboys scored on each of their first four possessions. In fact, Dallas scored on 7/9 possessions for the game as a whole.

He is the straw stirring the drink right now (mandatory shout out to Stephen Jones) and showed up in the big moment against the big team and was BIG.

Stock Up: CeeDee Lamb

What else is there to say at this point? Sunday night was not gaudy for Lamb from a box score standpoint, but he made critical catch after critical catch. Third and long conversions between he and his quarterback are almost a formality at this point.

Lamb seems to have fully evolved in his own right while also through the prism of the 88-ness that he was thrust into. He is smooth. He is shifty. He is physical. He is dominant. He does not back down from any sort of challenge. He rules.

Stock Up: Stephon Gilmore

MVP of the game here, all respect to Brandon Aubrey who we will get to in a moment.

Stephon Gilmore had an incredibly decorated career before joining the Cowboys that was likely enough to earn him a place in Canton whenever he wants to call it quits, but that he showed up for a new challenge says a lot about him.

Perhaps what says even more about him is that after the calculus involved changed when Trevon Diggs got hurt that he did not fold. DaRon Bland’s emergence has certainly helped settle things and provide a proper threat on the other side of the field, but Gilmore has locked in and reminded the world of who he is and Sunday night was a great example.

A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, two of the better wide receivers in the game, were humbled by the “old” Gilmore as the former noted. Gilmore had a forced fumble on Brown and a massive fourth-down stop on Smith. He was everywhere and appears to be finding peak form at the perfect time.

Stock Up: Donovan Wilson

Every defense needs an enforcer. The Cowboys appear to have a few, but Donovan Wilson set the tone early on Sunday night and did so in dominating fashion.

The Eagles fumbled three times in the game in Philadelphia and managed to recover all of them, well what goes up must come down and they put the ball on the turf three times again only to see them end up in the hands of the good guys at each instance. It all started with this one though and on a drive where it felt like the Eagles were really moving. That Wilson was able to cool things off was such a huge boost.

If you want to split this stock up between Wilson and Markquese Bell then I am good with that. Enforcers all around.

Stock Up: Brandon Aubrey

Did you know that Brandon Aubrey went to Notre Dame and was an MLS draft pick?! A curse of the Cowboys playing in so many big games is that we tend to hear the same stories over and over from the broadcast, but they are welcome to tell Aubrey’s as many times as they want.

We are 13 games into the season and Aubrey is an amazing 30 for 30 on field goal attempts. He set the NFL record for most consecutive field goals made to start a career at 19 and has added 11 more to that mark like it is absolutely no big deal.

In this game alone Aubrey booted ‘em in from 60, 59, 45 and 50 yards out. He is an incredible weapon and deserves all of the props in the world.

Stock Up: Michael Gallup

How good was it to see Michael Gallup have a couple of big moments?

Aside from the touchdown to end the first half, an incredible drive by Dak Prescott and the offense, Gallup also had one of his signature toe-tap hauls later in the game. It has not exactly been an easy season for Gallup from a production standpoint, but he has done a lot of the dirty work that has allowed others to thrive. Sunday night he got his, though.

Stock Up: Jake Ferguson

Like we discussed with Donovan Wilson, every group needs an enforcer. There is zero question that Jake Ferguson is that person for the Dallas Cowboys offense.

I mean… look at this!

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Ferguson actually led the team in receiving on Sunday night, just barely edging out CeeDee Lamb, and seemed to be the constant will-breaker of the Eagles defense. He is relentless.

Stock Up: Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle

Cheating here and sliding two in for the same stock up, but Pollard and Dowdle both really deserve it.

  • Tony Pollard: 16 carries, 59 yards, 3.7 YPC
  • Rico Dowdle: 12 carries, 46 yards, 3.8 YPC, 1 TD

All told the Cowboys made it a point to come out and set the tone on offense by running the ball, a disposition they did not abandon as the game wore on. It is great to see Pollard and Dowdle both getting opportunities in general but also both capitalizing on them when they appear.

Stock Up: Dan Quinn

Things have been a bit rough for Dan Quinn’s unit in the previous couple of games, but we must recognize how important he is, and has been, to the success that this team is enjoying. His group did not allow a single offensive touchdown to be scored on Sunday night. Not one.

All credit in the world to Quinn for bringing his boys ready to rock for a massive showdown. People are already starting to poke holes in this victory by noting that the Eagles may not be the force that the same people in question hyped them up to be, but keeping anybody out of the endzone is tough work. And to do so a week after literally not forcing a single punt shows how hard the group worked to get things back on track.

Stock Up: Mike McCarthy

The Cowboys have now officially won 10 games in a season for the third year in a row, a feat that the franchise has not seen since 1994-1996. Additionally, the Cowboys are currently tied with the Kansas City Chiefs with the most regular season victories (34) since 2021.

The Cowboys are riding a 15-game winning streak at home. They have the best point differential in the NFL. And that they just took the biggest test of their season and passed it with flying colors.

Mike McCarthy, who overtook play-calling duties in the name of taking the team to the next level, did everything that he did on Sunday night after missing time last week due to having appendicitis.

Mike McCarthy is one of the best coaches and play-callers in the NFL. This upsets many people, but that does not make it any less true.


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