The Cowboys have outscored their first two opponents by a total of 60 points.
You have to go back 55 years to find a faster start.
And those 10 points allowed by the defense? Well, it’s been 58 years since the franchise has been that obstinate to open the season.
“We’re here to dominate,” receiver CeeDee Lamb proclaimed in the wake of the team’s 30-10 victory over the New York Jets. “We’re not necessarily here to play around.”
It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys stumbling against a winless Arizona team in the desert this coming weekend.
“Yeah, we just feel like we’ve been here before," defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said of the strong start. “It’s not something to get excited about. We know who we are. We just feel like the world is starting to figure out who we are.
“Just keep watching."
Here’s what to watch for in Week 3 as the Cowboys prepare to face the hapless Cardinals.
More love for Micah Parsons
Look for more and more people to weigh in on how good Parsons has become in his third season.
“He was a wrecking crew today,” head coach Mike McCarthy said after the lion of the Dallas defense had two sacks and a strip fumble recovery in the win over the Jets. “I was on the other side of it all through camp.
“I think Dan [Quinn] is doing an excellent job moving him around. He had some opportunities here over center [Sunday]. He’s an elite player, just feed off his energy and his production.”
Parsons has opened his career with 29.5 sacks, eighth on the all-time list for a player’s first 35 games. Sunday was the 10th time he’s had at least two sacks in a game. That ties him with Aldon Smith and Shawne Merriman for the most through 35 games in league history.
“I mean, he’s special,” corner Stephon Gilmore said. “Like I’ve told you all before, I’ve never seen nothing like it.”
The second coming of Lawrence Taylor? That seems an appropriate topic to explore after disposing of the two New York teams to open the season.
Does Parsons consider himself the most destructive player in the league at the moment?
“I’m not going to answer that," he said. “I’m just going to let the people answer that.
“Let me know what y’all think. See what I face and what other guys face. Y’all tell me."
Lamb climbing the charts
Lamb has made no secret of his quest to be considered among the upper echelon of NFL receivers. This was his response when asked heading into the season if he was close.
“I’m there," Lamb said. “I’m there. I will show you."
Here’s what Lamb has shown in these first two weeks: With two games left on the Week 2 schedule, he’s tied for sixth in the league with 15 receptions for 220 yards. Five of his receptions have gone for 20 or more yards as McCarthy and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer move him around this offense the way McCarthy did Jordy Nelson in Green Bay.
“He’s done a great job of moving me around, putting me in different spots, motioning me, kind of keeping the defense guessing," Lamb said of McCarthy. “You can’t really guess where I’m going to be.
“I can run all day and all around the field, so kind of just giving that accessibility to Mike.”
It’s not just the yards, it’s the efficiency. Lamb has caught 15 of the 17 passes thrown in his direction to start the season.
“I don’t know if there’s going to be a game where I don’t think CeeDee isn’t the favorable matchup," quarterback Dak Prescott said. “I think CeeDee is one of the best in the game and he’s only going to continue to get better and show that week in and week out."
Another MIA quarterback
The absence of quarterback Aaron Rodgers was a recurring narrative ahead of the Cowboys matchup with the New York Jets.
Rinse and repeat this week.
Kyler Murray won’t be facing the Cowboys in Arizona. The Cardinals quarterback remains on the team’s physically unable to perform list as he recovers from the torn ACL/meniscus he suffered in Week 14 of last season.
Murray’s ties to North Texas and his high school dominance at Allen have added intrigue to these matchups. So has the fact that Murray is 2-0 against the Cowboys, throwing for 451 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in those meetings for a quarterback rating of 100.9.
No Murray means the Cowboys defense will face Joshua Dobbs. It won’t be the first time. Dobbs started for Tennessee nine months ago in the Titans’ 27-13 loss to Dallas. The quarterback completed 20-of-39 passes for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception in that game. He was sacked twice.
Catch David Moore and co-host Robert Wilonsky on Intentional Grounding on The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310 and 96.7 FM) at the special time of Tuesday night at 7 o’clock this week.