Despite the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-28 overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, a stellar performance from their top receiver could help them get back into the win column in Week 11.
For the first time in 2022, wide star CeeDee Lamb hit the century mark in receiving yards, ending the day after corralling 11 of 15 targets for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
“It’s encouraging to see him play at this level,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “CeeDee played the best I’ve seen him play.”
Indeed, the Oklahoma product statistically had his best game of the season, racking up both double-digit receptions and multiple scores. The 23-year-old now has 53 catches for 706 yards and five touchdowns in nine games, putting him on track for career highs in all three categories.
More importantly, Lamb appears to be on the right track as quarterback Dak Prescott returns to full health.
Since returning from thumb surgery (which sidelined him from Weeks 2-6), Prescott has seen his production gradually increase over the course of three games. Although in a losing effort, the 29-year-old completed 27 of 46 for 265 yards, recording three touchdowns and two interceptions. Although he performed reasonably well in a tough game on the road, two killer interceptions factored into the losing end result, leading some to question his ability to keep the Cowboys in contention.
Still, Prescott’s performance was enough to encourage optimism…as well as the approval of perhaps the most important source, team owner Jones.
“The strength…in our chances of winning a championship is Dak,” Jones said during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “Does that mean he’s going to win every game or make every comeback? Of course not. If you were building the possibility of competing for a Super Bowl, I’d start right away with Dak.”
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Lamb at times displayed wisdom and a skill set beyond his years. Last season, Lamb proved repeatedly that he wouldn’t back down from the spotlight. In Dallas’ next Week 11 game with the Minnesota Vikings (8-1), Lamb will be looking to take advantage of a favorable game against a vulnerable Minnesota secondary who – with his knack for the big game – the last time he was seen giving up 311 receiving yards. and averaged 6.9 yards per play in their 33-30 overtime win over the Buffalo Bills.
Yes, Dallas’ interest in Odell Beckham Jr. remains. But …
If Prescott and Lamb can recreate, or even improve on, their Week 10 connection this weekend, Dallas could be on the verge of getting back to their winning ways.
The Cowboys and Vikings are ready for a kickoff at 3:25 p.m. CT on Sunday, November 20 from US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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