DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are making big strides.
They’re one of the NFL’s best.
The Cowboys are 7-2, with the league’s best record in the third week of the season.
And the team has some big new pieces on defense that are playing well.
Here’s what we learned this week:1.
Dak Prescott is playing like a Pro Bowl QB, and the Cowboys’ offensive line is having the time of its life.
They have allowed just five sacks in four games.2.
The Cowboys’ defense is having its best season in almost a decade.
They’ve allowed just three passing touchdowns.3.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott’s quarterback rating is a career high.
He’s passing for 4,072 yards and 24 touchdowns.
The defense is leading the NFL in scoring defense and allowing just 1,036 yards.
The offense has been dominant.
Dak’s 24 passing touchdowns are second only to Joe Flacco, who has 24.
The offense has an NFL-high 26 rushing touchdowns.4.
The Giants defense has allowed just 17 passing touchdowns in three games.5.
The Cardinals defense has been fantastic.
They allowed just seven rushing touchdowns and have allowed two scores.
The Steelers have allowed 20 rushing touchdowns in their last three games and have been shutout.6.
The Patriots have scored 21 or more points in five of their last six games.7.
Dallas’ running game has been a massive strength.
They rank fourth in the NFL with 1,086 yards and 32 rushing touchdowns through four games and are third in rushing yards per game.8.
The Falcons have scored at least 28 points in six of their past seven games.9.
The Eagles have allowed 21 or less points in nine of their 10 games.10.
The Texans have allowed 10 or more yards in eight of their 11 games.11.
The Lions have allowed a touchdown pass in nine straight games.12.
The Packers have scored more points per game than any team in the NFC.
The team has scored at most 13 points in all but one game.13.
The Saints have had one of their best defenses this season.
They are one of just five teams to allow less than 17 points in the first quarter.14.
The Panthers have scored 20 or more in three straight games for the first time since 2005.15.
The Seahawks are 8-2 and have the NFL lead in total offense.
They’re fourth in scoring offense and seventh in rushing offense.16.
The Rams have scored 29 points or more three straight times and are the NFL leader in scoring.
They lead the league with 27.4 points per contest.17.
The Chargers have allowed only three touchdowns in five games.18.
The Browns have allowed 18 or more passing points in seven of their eight games.19.
The Dolphins are 11-1.
They haven’t allowed more than 10 points in a game in a season since 1997.20.
The Raiders have allowed fewer than two sacks in two of their first three games, including a win over the Titans on Monday Night Football.21.
The Titans have allowed 30 or more rushing yards in five straight games, tied for the longest streak in the league.22.
The Vikings are 9-2.
They also are undefeated.23.
The Chiefs are 8 of 14 on the road.24.
The Broncos have won five straight and five of six overall.25.
The Redskins are 11 of 12.26.
The Bengals are 10 of 13.27.
The Ravens are 8 for 11.28.
The Bears are 8.9 for 10.29.
The Bills are 7.5 for 103030.
The Giants are 9 of 14.31.
The 49ers are 11.2 for 1032.
The Jets are 10.1 for 1033.
The Patriots are 8 1/2 games back of the Chargers for the AFC West lead and will be the defending champs.
The Buccaneers are a distant second, having played eight of nine games.
The Saints have beaten the Eagles twice in five weeks, losing at Philadelphia and at San Francisco.
The Bucs beat the Eagles in Week 5 and lost to the Giants in Week 11.
The game between the Panthers and Packers on Thursday night was the only game on the schedule where neither team won.