The Dallas Cowboys are 8-3 heading into December, and they’re hoping that this is the year they finally break their championship drought and win their first Super Bowl since the 1995 season.
The defense has helped them get to this point. It ranks third in yards and fourth in points allowed.
Dallas’ cornerback DaRon Bland, who leads the NFL in interceptions with five and pick-sixes, is also a rising star.
Michael Robinson, a former fullback who won the world championship with Seattle Seahawks 10 years ago, believes Bland should be a candidate for MVP, according to NFL GameDay.
“[DaRon Bland] is to me, a MVP candidate.” 👀
— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) December 1, 2023
In NFL history only two defensive players have ever won the MVP regular-season award.
Last time a defense player won MVP was 1986, when Lawrence Taylor, a legendary pass rusher with the New York Giants, took home the award on his way to a Super Bowl victory.
Bland stepped up to the plate in a very impressive manner following Trevon Diggs’ season-ending ACL tear, which he suffered in September. Diggs is a star corner who was twice named Pro Bowler.
The Cowboys have also excelled on offense, where they’re leading everyone in points and passing touchdowns.
As usual, how far they go in the playoffs will depend on how well quarterback Dak Prescott plays — he has played brilliantly of late, but he has a history of underperforming in the playoffs.
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