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Lance was off-target on several throws, including when sailed a pass over the head of Travis Benjamin that was picked off by Cardinals star safety Budda Baker. After the game, Baker complimented Lance's play while also thanking the rookie for the pick.

"He's fast. He can get out of that pocket. He was running the ball. He did his thing," Baker said after the Cardinals moved to 5-0. "We knew he was going to try to get out of the pocket and he did a great job of getting out of the pocket and forcing first downs and getting their offense to get on the field some more. If not, it would probably look a lot different than what it looked like. He's a great young guy, of course ... A guy who just now is getting their offense. Their offense is a pretty hard offense to learn, so he did a great job, ran the ball.

"I appreciate him, man. That overthrow, I appreciate that."

Lance finished the game 15-for-29 for 192 yards and the interception. He also rushed for 89 yards.

The No. 3 overall pick's talent was evident and it's clear how high Lance's ceiling is, but the rookie knows he has a lot to learn.

"Our defense definitely gave us a shot," Lance said after the loss. "Got to capitalize, got to do better, make more plays. Obviously, [I'm] disappointed. I really wanted to win that game. But we're going to keep our heads up, learn from it. I'm going to learn as much as I can, get as better as I can from it. I'm excited for next week."

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan believed the 49ers could have been better around Lance and that the North Dakota State product played good enough to deliver a win.

That being said, Shanahan reiterated that nothing has changed regarding the 49ers' QB situation if Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy.

"No, nothing's changed," Shanahan said. "That was just one game. It was a tough loss right there, and I'm going to talk to our whole team tomorrow and think about how we can get our whole team better coming back from the bye."

Garoppolo suffered a calf injury in the first half of the 49ers' Week 4 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and was unable to practice last week. As the 49ers head into the bye week, Shanahan is hopeful Garoppolo will be good to go when the 49ers exit the bye to face the Indianapolis Colts but knows that anything can happen with a calf injury.

"The fact that he had a chance this week, that gives me a lot of hope coming back [from the bye]," Shanahan said. "I think any time you're dealing with calves and stuff like that, you never know how they're going to react.

"I think that was similar to with [George] Kittle. I thought he was going to be alright a couple of weeks ago, and now we're going on IR. So, I don't want to speak too soon, but hopefully."

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The Cowboys won despite a bunch of mistakes, and that is important.

The final dominating score did not look at all likely at the start, however. The offense got off to a shaky start. Dak Prescott was intercepted on the first series of the game. He would later lose a fumble as there continue to be less than ideal snaps from Tyler Biadasz. Things felt like they were sputtering a bit until the second half explosion of points that we are now expecting every week. After being much better in drawing flags through the first four games, the Cowboys were penalized eight times for 58 yards. The defense continued to give up too many big plays, even after Mike Glennon came in for the injured Daniel Jones. Rookie first-round wide receiver Kadarius Toney was the main cause of that, with four receptions for 26+ yards, and he finished the game with 10 receptions for a massive 189 yards. He would likely have amassed even more had he not been ejected for throwing a retaliation punch at the head of Damontae Kazee, always a foolish move when you are risking breaking your hand on a helmet.

And all of that did not matter. A 24-point margin of victory is a blowout any day in the NFL. To do so with such a flawed performance is significant. Further, it is one more way this edition of the Cowboys is different. Under Mike McCarthy, they have figured out how to erase those mistakes. In the past, Dallas often had to play a perfect game to win. Since that is very difficult, they lost often in those situations.

It may feel like we are dogpiling on Jason Garrett, but that was a part of his way of running the team. He was going to play the game the way he believed was right whether it worked or not. Establishing the run was very much a part of his philosophy, to the point that other teams knew it was coming and loaded up the box to stop it. That worked too often. When mistakes happened, his teams did not have a way to overcome them except when his players had near-heroic performances.

Now, the team is able to not just overcome such miscues, but even do so easily. It is not just one player or aspect. It is a combination that could carry this team far.

It starts with McCarthy and his coaching staff. Kellen Moore is something of a wizard. It was in full evidence on the passing touchdown to Ezekiel Elliott.

I love every single thing about this Ezekiel Elliott touchdown pic.twitter.com/5MX2WKNZfq

Moore’s creativity is huge but a different aspect of his play-calling is just as important. When something works, he often goes back to it until the other team stops it. In past years, a successful play would often disappear for the remainder of the game. Now, the defense has to defend against both the expected and unexpected.

Dan Quinn has made a huge difference in the defense. They do get burned too many times as discussed above, but they also come up with key stops. And suddenly the defensive backs treat the ball as if it is just as much theirs to catch as the receivers’. Al Harris and Joe Whitt deserve shout outs for their work with the secondary.

That brings up the players themselves. The stunning surprise this season has been Trevon Diggs. He continued his streak of games with an interception, and now leads the league with six. That’s more than 27 teams in the NFL have collectively, pending the Sunday and Monday night games. Given where the teams involved in the last two games stand, that is not likely to change. Nothing wipes out defensive trouble more than a pick. And he is not alone, as the rest of the Cowboys have added four more interceptions. Two of them have come from Anthony Brown, who had a pick-six against the Giants. Brown has gotten a lot of criticism this season, and maybe it is time we reconsider that. Diggs is clearly the big stick of the secondary, but he is not the only one who will hurt you.

Then there is Dak Prescott. He got away with at least a couple of throws that could have easily been additional turnovers, but so did the Giants’ QBs. Meanwhile, he had 302 yards on 22 of 32 passing, with three touchdowns and the one pick that counted. He has silenced the concerns about his ability to go long, with a 49-yard TD to CeeDee Lamb, plus five more passes that went for over 20 yards. It is time the talk about him being less than 100% is shut down. There was a heart-stopping moment when he was grabbed by the foot and his ankle was twisted, but he popped up and went right on with his very effective business. The Cowboys averaged an excellent nine yards per passing attempt on the game.

Then there is the running game. Led by Elliott’s 110 yards and one rushing touchdown and Tony Pollard contributing 75 on the ground, they put up another 200+ yard day rushing, finishing with 201 for a 5.2 yards per attempt average. The offense can gash you repeatedly with their legs or ride Prescott’s arm. Unless you are playing lights out on defense, you are not going to stop both, and often you will stop neither.

As mentioned, the defense had a particular vulnerability to Toney, but they only allowed New York to convert 30.8% of their third down attempts. That is another way to get the ball back for your offense, and the fact that they only wound up surrendering two touchdowns for the game indicates that the big plays they gave up at times did not do real damage.

While we are talking about the players who are helping overcome mistakes, let’s praise one who did not make any. That is kicker Greg Zuerlein. On a day when missed field goals and extra points seemed to be happening to most of the teams, with the Green Bay Packers win over the Cincinnati Bengals the most glaring example, Zuerlein calmly knocked through all three field goal attempts and five extra points. After some (raises hand) questioned how worried we should be about him earlier in the season, he was one aspect of the game that was simply perfect.

It was an imperfect win in many ways. Even so it wound up as a very easy one. The injury woes of the opponent played a role. But we have seen in the recent past how the Cowboys would let mistakes pile up and overwhelm them. This year, they just find a way to erase those errors. It has staked them to a 4-1 record and a two-game lead for the NFC East.

Once again, this team just feels different this year.

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