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A heart-breaking loss to a division rival that blunts the momentum from a huge win the previous week makes handing out a game ball tough. The Cowboys had their opportunities against Washington but failed to take advantage. Still L. P. Ladouceur Color Rush Jersey , we always need to look to the future, and one player seems to be showing signs that his future will be bright. It’s taken some time, and his volume stats are not there yet (more on that in a bit), but he’s starting to give the Cowboys a true deep-threat option. Michael Gallup could be evolving into a playmaker for the Cowboys.Last week against the Jaguars, Gallup had one catch for 27 yards, and just missed out on a second catch that would have been a touchdown if he could have gotten his second foot down instead of bouncing it on top of his other foot. The catch he did have in the Jacksonville game showed his ability to elevate and catch a ball in traffic. That was reminiscent of what Dez Bryant used to do for the team when he was in his prime. When Gallup has one-on-one coverage, Dak Prescott should think more about trusting Gallup to make the play even if there is coverage.Against Washington, Gallup had three catches for 81 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown where he absolutely cooked the defender on a stop-start move. The problem for Dallas is that Dak Prescott doesn’t seem to trust his throws to Gallup enough. Through seven games, Prescott has only targeted Gallup 22 times, about three times a game even though on 10 catches Gallup has averaged 19 yards per catch. Granted, there have been a couple of balls Gallup could have caught that he didn’t, but still, right now he appears to be the Cowboys one big-play threat in the passing game, especially with Tavon Austin sidelined. Prescott did look Gallup’s way five times in the Washington game, so they are starting to build some trust. But Prescott could have avoided his one huge error in the Washington game, and made Gallup’s day monstrous if he would have just trusted his arm and Gallup’s ability.The play we’re talking about is Prescott’s fumble in the end zone when he was was sacked. The play turned into a Washington touchdown, but it could have just as easily been a Cowboys touchdown. During a chat session some of the BTB writers were having during the game, I wrote these words right after that play was complete: “you guys are gonna cry wehn you see Gallup’s route on that play, 6 points if Dak sees him.” (Yes Taco Charlton Jersey , I know I misspelled “when” in the chat).Here’s the full play:And here is what Prescott was seeing as he gets to the back of his drop on the play.The blue lines represent Dak’s field of vision based on where his head is pointed, he has Gallup right in his sights (black circle) and he knows the pattern Gallup is running is a fake to the outside then going straight upfield. He should recognize that the cornerback is in a terrible position for this play. Prescott has to recognize he’s got what he wants here and get ready to fire. The other Washington defenders are not in place to help on the play. The up defender (yellow circle) will never be able to get back in time to help, in fact he never tries. The deep safety (red circle) is just too far over to effectively make a play on a well thrown ball to Gallup. Here’s what we see a second later.Prescott is still looking at that side of the field (blue lines). He has to see that the up defender (yellow circle) can’t make a play, and the deep safety (red circle) is still sitting in the middle of the field. In the black circle, Gallup has made his move and the corner is toast, he’s actually reaching out in a feeble attempt to grab Gallup and slow him down. If Prescott had fired this ball on time, Gallup likely takes it to the house. If somehow the safety makes a saving tackle on him, the Cowboys still convert the third down and are on their way to a score. Michael Gallup is starting to show his ability to be a playmaker for Dallas. The coaching staff needs to recognize that and try to scheme him into as many one-on-one situations as they can. And Dak Prescott needs to recognize it, and trust himself and the receiver. If the Cowboys are looking for someone to stretch defenses vertically, they should start looking to Gallup more often.Cowboys big win sparks playoff talk, sets up monster matchup with Washington One game is all it takes, apparently. Heading into Sunday’s clash with the Jaguars, the Cowboys were on the edge of losing the season. If, as predicted by many, the Cowboys had lost and gone to 2-4, the stories on possible Jason Garrett replacements would have started in earnest. Dak Prescott’s future would also have been called into question. Winter, indeed, would be coming. Instead, a 40-7 steamrolling of the Jags has the Cowboys right back in the playoff hunt, and predictions of doom and demise have been stored away for at least another week.That one week reprieve will be put to the test next Sunday as the Cowboys go on the road to meet the division-leading Washington team. The road has been a deathtrap for the Cowboys this season where they have underwhelmed with an 0-3 record. Also La'el Collins Color Rush Jersey , Washington just dispatched a Carolina Panthers team the Cowboys couldn’t handle (although Dallas was on the road for that while Washington was at home). The Cowboys will be confident, though. That’s the tailwind benefit from a 40-7 thrashing of a team that was supposedly their superior, a team that was widely believed to be one of the best, if not the best, defensive units in the league. That kind of confidence spreads. ESPN argues the idea of the Cowboys winning the NFC East is not an overreaction. The Cowboys are back in the hunt, at the very least. They are also back in the hunt in the NFC playoff race in general. They currently sit ninth in the conference, but are just a half game behind the wild card leaders. That path to the playoff is not closed off to them by any means.The Cowboys biggest issue now is consistency. They have alternated wins and losses, and they have been a bad offensive football team until Sunday. Dallas is not going to throw 40 points up on the board week after week, but if they can improve to a team that averages mid-20’s, they can be a force. Why? Because their defense is clamping down on the scoreboard, and they are just getting better. At this moment, pre-Monday night game, the Cowboys have the second-best scoring defense in the league (17.2). Second best. They are also fifth in yards allowed per game. With four turnovers in the past two games, their turnover differential is now an even zero. They are tied for fifth in sacks at 18. They now have David Irving back. Yesterday they played without Chidobe Awuzie and the combo of Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were solid. They have been missing Sean Lee but Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch have not missed a beat. There is reason to think this defense is going to be a top unit the whole season.This is the way you think after a 40-7 win pulls your record to even. Everything seems possible, and in reality it is. They have a chance to jump into the division lead next week. You can almost lose sight of those ugly games in earlier weeks. But not totally. This offense is a fragile thing right now. One week does not preclude a return to reprehensible. Consistency only comes by stacking one good week on top of another (shoutout Jason Garrett). We can dream of turnarounds and playoffs this week. Sunday in Washington, though, won’t be won on hopes and dreams. It will be won on the arm and legs of Dak Prescott. The legs of Ezekiel Elliott. The “always open” Cole Beasley. The surging defense. The “creativity” of Scott Linehan. In short, just repeat what the Cowboys did on Sunday. Do that, and then we can really start to believe.