The Cowboys protection captured the NFL’s consideration throughout a 40-0 blowout in opposition to the Giants on Sunday, proving it may carry a group to a championship.
“Yeah, it is only one win, it is the start of the season, however undoubtedly really feel like we put the league on discover,” defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence said in a postgame information convention. “We’re for actual, we’re coming.”
Per ESPN Stats & Info, Dallas turned the fifth group to begin the season with a shutout of 40-plus factors, and it was the primary for the reason that Steelers throttled the Browns 43-0 in 1999. Additionally, it was the largest shutout in franchise historical past.
Within the victory, the Cowboys protection compelled three turnovers, together with a 22-yard pick-six by second-year cornerback DaRon Bland. It sacked New York quarterback Daniel Jones seven instances, essentially the most in a Cowboys season-opener since 1994.
“Little question in my thoughts,” star linebacker Micah Parsons mentioned following the stellar defensive efficiency, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “I noticed it earlier than anyone. I mentioned, ‘I am unable to wait to get to New York.’ I already knew we was coming. Simply because when preparation meets execution, I do not suppose there is not any one that may beat us.”
The Cowboys will face higher groups later this season, reminiscent of divisional rival Philadelphia, so do not count on them to demolish each opponent. However, the Cowboys led the NFL in takeaways in 2021 and 2022. They may do it for a 3rd consecutive yr. The unit tied for essentially the most takeaways in Week 1.
Extra importantly, it may meet a excessive bar that Parsons set earlier this offseason. In August, the 24-year-old told the “Pivot Podcast,” “I am making an attempt to be on that [former Ravens LB] Ray Lewis protection.” Through the 2000 season, the Ravens protection led Baltimore to its first Tremendous Bowl title, permitting the fewest factors (165 in 16 games) within the league.
The Cowboys protection may do the identical, serving to Dallas win its first Tremendous Bowl title in 28 years.