One other recreation, one other interception for Trevon Diggs. Make that two.
Diggs’ two interceptions on Sunday aided the Cowboys’ 36-28 victory over the Carolina Panthers and continued an amazing begin for the second-year cornerback. After the second multi-INT recreation of his profession, Diggs’ 5 picks on the season leads the league by 4 weeks and his play-making capability is coming into historic proportions.
The 24-year-old turned the primary participant in franchise historical past to file an INT in every of the primary 4 video games and the seventeenth participant in NFL historical past to perform that feat for the reason that NFL merger.
“[Diggs] has as tremendous of palms as I have been a part of,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy stated after the sport, including that Diggs has “earned” the project of protecting the opposing crew’s No. 1 broad receiver.
Each INTs got here within the third quarter on back-to-back Panthers possessions and resulted in 10 Cowboys factors to increase their result in 36-14 coming into the fourth quarter. Diggs’ absence within the ultimate body was a curious case because the Cowboys lead dwindled right into a one-possession recreation after two touchdowns from WR D.J. Moore, who broke free in Diggs’ absence.
A crew spokesman after the sport that Diggs was “managing some tightness in his again.”
Mentioned McCarthy: “He may have returned if wanted to. … It was bothering him at halftime.”
A cleat to Diggs’ again on the finish of the primary half is believed to have prompted the harm, in accordance with McCarthy. No matter situation he was in, it did not hold Diggs from preserving a powerful INT streak. Diggs added 4 tackles and two cross defenses to his two-INT day.
Dallas stored the ball for the ultimate 4:31 of the sport to forestall Carolina from getting one other possession and a hobbled Diggs from having to re-enter the sport. The three-1 Cowboys sit atop the NFC East after handing Carolina (3-1) their first loss.
“Participant of the month, engaged on his second month of the season,” McCarthy stated. “He is taking part in with phenomenal confidence. Clearly a giant accountability watching their high receiver. Delivered with two big performs there within the second half.”