Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb calls himself the 'top receiver in the game'


Cowboys receiver CeeDee Lamb made a bold claim after he set an NFL record in Dallas' 49-17 dismantling of the Giants on Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Lamb had 11 catches for 151 yards and a 14-yard rushing touchdown.

But the receiving totals is what put him in the record books, as Lamb became the first player in the Super Bowl era to have three consecutive games of at least ten receptions and 150 or more receiving yards, Cowboys public relations announced.

After the game, Lamb was asked about the roll he's on right now.

"It's amazing, especially when we come out with a dub," Lamb said about setting the record before making a bold statement. "I'm the top receiver in this game, and it's no question about it. If there is, I'll see you all again next week."

That's a bold claim.

Lamb is third in the NFL in receiving yards with 975 this season, behind A.J. Brown (1,005) and Tyreek Hill (1,076), all of whom have played an equal nine games. Their receptions totals are almost identical, as Brown has 67, Lamb has 68 and Hill has 69. Lamb has four receiving TDs and one rushing TD, while Brown has 6 and Hill has 8.

Dak Prescott, who had quite the performance himself on Sunday (404 yards, 5 total TDs), isn't surprised by what Lamb is doing and agreed with his top target that he's the best wideout in the league.

“No. 1," Prescott said when asked where Lamb ranks among the NFL's best receivers. "He’s the guy I throw to. I know the work he puts in. … Talented guy. And he’s young. He’s scratching the surface. He’s special.

“I don’t even want to call it a streak because that’s just who he is."

Lamb was sitting at nine catches for 142 yards when the third quarter came to a close with Dallas up 42-7, putting Mike McCarthy in a pickle. The coach decided to pull Prescott from the game but elected to leave Lamb on the field to give him an opportunity to break the record.

"This league is so competitive, and when you are in that position, I think it's the respect that you should show the player to accomplish that record," McCarthy said.

On Dallas' first possession of the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Cooper Rush connected with Lamb on consecutive slant routes to put the receiver over the top.

After the official spotted the ball on what was an 8-yard gain on his final catch, Lamb knew he had the record and immediately check out of the game, ending his night.

Lamb's 824 yards receiving ranks fifth in the NFL through 10 weeks.

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