Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) greets Former Green Day Packers quarterback Brett Favre (R) after being introduced to the Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Matthews/Wisconsin via USA TODAY Sports
Losing star QB Tony Romo and chief back-up Kellen Moore to injury before September appeared to be a death blow before the season ever started.
Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) carries the ball as Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers (56) defends in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
RUNNING BACKS [A+]
The Cowboys running game has returned with a vengeance.
Rookie Ezekiel Elliot gets the glory, though the overall group effort has been elite.
KEY PLAYERS: Ezekiel Elliot, Alfred Morris, Keith Smith (FB)
Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
No Dez, no problem. The Cowboys supporting receivers are playing lights out.
KEY PLAYERS: Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Jason Witten, Brice Butler
Jan 4, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Jermey Parnell (78) and guard Zack Martin (70) and center Travis Frederick (72) and guard Ronald Leary (65) and tackle Tyron Smith (77) on the field before the game against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Detroit 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
OFFENSIVE LINE [A+]
A mediocre performance against New York should lower the grade.
Yet overcoming two key injuries negates any demotion.
Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Maliek Collins (96) and linebacker Sean Lee (50) tackle Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
DEFENSIVE LINE [C-]
With Lawrence sidelined four games, the line was made up of no-names.
Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller (86) makes a catch against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Like defensive line this was another unsung group that made fans nervous.
KEY PLAYERS: Sean Lee, Anthony Hitchens, Justin Durant
SEAN LEE STATS: 57 tackles, 1 pass deflection, no injuries
KEY INJURIES: Kyle Wilber (1.5 games)
This group is all Lee. The oft-injured veteran is playing up to his Pro Bowl status.
With Hitchens struggling early and Wilber dealing with injuries, the second level should’ve become a weak spot.
Instead Justin Durant, Damien Wilson, and Andrew Gachkar have stepped in and sealed wounds with appropriate pressure.
To compliment Lee’s maniacal play, the supporting cast has risen to the occasion.
Oct 16, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys safety Byron Jones (31) knocks away a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18 ) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
An afflicted veteran and unsung rookie turned potential disaster into delight.
KEY PLAYERS: Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr, Anthony Brown
Sep 25, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys free safety Byron Jones (31) reacts to breaking up a pass in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
With all players set in their natural positions, safety has become a solid unit.
KEY PLAYERS: Byron Jones, Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox