The Dallas Cowboys avoided an additional serving of humble pie on Sunday, as they mollywhopped the Atlanta Falcons in a 43-3 laugher at AT&T Stadium, proving that their embarrassing loss to the Denver Broncos two weeks ago was simply an aberration.
But have the Cowboys, which currently own the third-overall seed in the NFC, firmly established themselves as the team to beat in a top-heavy conference? Are they fully equipped to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 1996?
"Right now, Dallas has the look of a team that can get it done on both sides. And I might trust them the most, if you're going player for player," NFL on CBS announcer Ian Eagle told The Zach Gelb Show on Monday. "I like their team the most. Now, can Rodgers go on a sensational run and lead the Packers to a Super Bowl? Of course. Could the marriage between McVay and Stafford produce results that lead [the Rams] to a chance in their own stadium? Yes.
"Kyle Murray in Arizona, before the injury, very well could've been the MVP. While they're not winning, they're still a team to be reckoned with. And with him, they have a completely different feel and look. I see the merits in all of them. But for some reason, at least the eye test, Dallas has been the most fun team. Fun doesn't always equate into championships, but boy, they're entertaining to watch."
It didn't take long for the Cowboys' offense to reestablish their high-powered ways. They happened to score all the points needed to win on their opening possession, capping off an eight-play drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb. Overall, the unit racked up 431 yards of offense on 72 plays, and Prescott completed 24 of 31 passes for 296 yards with two scores.
Defensively, Dallas forced three turnovers, after failing to record a takeaway in two straight games. They also overwhelmed Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw for just 117 yards on 9 of 21 passing with an ugly 21.4 passer rating. The Cowboys' 33-point halftime lead was their largest at the half since 1971, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Dallas (7-2), which sits comfortably in first place in the NFC East, will visit the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4) in a marquee Week 11 matchup on Sunday afternoon. According to FiveThirtyEight's projections, the Cowboys have a 21-percent chance to earn the NFC's first-round bye and a 9-percent chance to win Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles.
The entire NFL conversation between Eagle and Gelb can be accessed in the audio player above.