and points allowed The Dallas Cowboys put up 40 points on Sunday against one of the best defenses in the league. While it was great to see the offense clicking https://www.dallascowboysfanshop.com/Brett-Maher-Jersey , they didn’t end up needing all those points because the defense was dominant, only giving up one score to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cowboys defense has been quite stingy with their points this season. In fact, they’ve been stingy with their yards as well.As noted, the Cowboys 315.2 yards per game is best in the NFC and fourth overall in the NFL. The 17.2 points tops the NFC and is second overall in the NFL only behind Baltimore. How far this team goes will still largely depend on how this team performs on offense, but it’s refreshing to see this team playing so well on defense. It all starts up frontWhether you like the nickname “Hot Boyz” or not, the defensive line of the Cowboys is something to be excited about. Led by DeMarcus Lawrence, the trenches are loaded with talent. David Irving made his season debut on Sunday and should be a problem for opposing offenses from this point on. Maliek Collins also returned to action after a sprained MCL caused him to miss the last three games. He only played in 13 snaps, but it was enough time for him to sack Blake Bortles. In fact, Collins has two sacks in three games this season. A healthy Collins is a big boost to this defensive line.Sunday’s game marked the first time the entire band was back together.The Cowboys continue to get strong play from reliable veteran Tyrone Crawford Jeff Heath Jersey , whose performance doesn’t always show up in the stat book. Speaking of unsung players, how about Antwaun Woods? He’s been a great fixture at the 1-tech position for the squad.The Cowboys are still looking for one of their young edge rushers to break out. Taco Charlton, Randy Gregory, and rookie Dorance Armstrong are all getting reps on the outside. They have made plays here and there, but there’s some really good raw talent with this group.Speaking of raw talent...The RookieTen defensive players were off the board when the Cowboys were on the clock in April’s draft. If you were like me, you were desperately hoping that safety Derwin James would slide to 19. It would be the perfect combination of talent + need. Of course, we don’t even know how much the Cowboys war room liked James and whether or not he would be the pick had he been there.What we do know, however, is they loved Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. And guess what - so do we now. Through the first six weeks of the season Tyrone Crawford Color Rush Jersey , both James and Vander Esch look like the top two defense rookies in the league. Pro Football Focus has these two players as the current front-runners duking it out for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.And let’s not forget how well Jaylon Smith is playing this season. He and LVE are a dynamic duo and they’re not going anywhere any time soon.Remember way back when this defense was completely inept without Sean Lee being on the field? Oh wait, that was last year. Well, those days appear to be over. Lee will get himself healthy and he’ll definitely make the defense better. He’ll be able to go full throttle until his body doesn’t allow him, but the defense no longer lives and dies by whether or not no. 50 is out on the field.Better late than neverWell, the jury is in and Byron Jones is a good cornerback. The fourth-year “defensive back” was graded out as the top corner in the league after the first four games. He had a tough challenge last week against DeAndre Hopkins, but was back at it again knocking down passes. He had two straight pass breakups against he Jaguars that put the nail in the coffin on Sunday. He now has six pass breakups on the season, which is one more than he had the entire year last season.Not only does it look like the Cowboys have a possible shutdown corner, but the entire secondary is starting to pick things up in the takeaway department. Dallas only had two takeaways through the first four games and both of those came from strip/fumble recoveries from the defensive line. But things have changed recently.First four games, Cowboys secondary = 0 turnovers.Last two games https://www.dallascowboysfanshop.com/Travis-Frederick-Jersey , Cowboys secondary = 4 turnovers.Jourdan Lewis has been the lucky recipient of two fumble recoveries by the sideline as he’s had one in each of the last two games. And both starting safeties, Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath, have had an interception over the last two games. The Cowboys are one of the best in not turning it over, so if they are finally able to combine that with some takeaways on defense, it’s going to make them hard to beat.While the offense took a nice step on Sunday, things are really starting to come together for this defense.Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have never lost to the Washington Redskins It’s been a long time since the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins, almost three years in fact. The last time Washington celebrated a victory over the Cowboys was the 2015 regular-season finale. You’ll remember that Kellen Moore started that game for the Cowboys and that it was the last time someone not named Dak Prescott did so at the quarterback position for the club. We’ve been in the Dak and Ezekiel Elliott era ever since, and the Washington Redskins have yet to taste anything but defeat against them.Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are perfect against WashingtonWashington has actually played a bit of an interesting role in the Dak and Zeke era up till now. The first win the two ever experienced with the Cowboys came in Washington during Week 2 of their rookie season, and their very first Thanksgiving Day game was against them as well (they will also play them this season on Thanksgiving). Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsLast season Randy Gregory Jersey , the Cowboys were in the middle of getting right when they beat the Redskins in DC and Zeke missed the win in Arlington on the night that Dez Bryant became the franchise’s all-time leader in receiving touchdowns. Dallas enters this Sunday against Washington with another bit of frustration hanging over their heads. They have yet to win on the road this season (0-3) and still haven’t even won two games in a row at any point. They can knock out two birds with one stone should the scoreboard read in their favor at the end of Sunday’s game and history says that they’re likely to do it. Jason Garrett typically does well against the Redskins, tooIt’s not just Dak and Zeke that the Redskins struggle with, it’s basically any Cowboys team during the Jason Garrett era. Washington has only beaten the Cowboys four times in Garrett’s seven seasons as the head coach and one of them was the aforementioned game with Kellen Moore. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsSomething is very different about these Redskins though and it’s their quarterback, Alex Smith. Dallas saw the top pick in the 2005 Draft just a year ago when he led the Kansas City Chiefs which was coincidentally the game they played after visiting Washington. Smith has played at an MVP level before in the NFL, but so far through five games (the Redskins have already been on bye) things haven’t exactly looked supreme in his new home. People love to say that you can toss records out the window when you’re talking about division rivalries because of how well the teams know each other. That’s definitely got some truth to it, but obviously how good the teams are matters to an extent. If you do subscribe to history bearing itself out in some way just know that 100% of it is on the side of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. 100%... that’s good, right?