Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had been facing some criticism heading into Monday night’s game against the Cardinals regarding his lack of production.
Bryant caught only nine passes for 102 yards in the first two weeks of the season, and it was clear that he felt he had something to prove on primetime television, especially while matched up against Patrick Peterson — one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
The Cowboys star did something during the game that he’s done many times during his career — he delivered.
With the game tied at 7-7 in the third quarter, Bryant came up big in the red zone when the team needed it most. Faced with a first-and-10 situation from the Cardinals’ 15-yard line, Dak Prescott dropped back and hit Bryant with a short pass that looked to go for just a minimal gain. Bryant, however, made it go for a lot more. He used a few moves to shake two defenders, and as he approach the end zone, more Cardinals attempted to tackle him. They eventually failed, as Bryant powered his way into the end zone for the touchdown — carrying the defenders along with him.
That display of effort and strength sure seemed to silence Bryant’s critics.