The Cowboys have won three straight games – all with Cooper Rush as the starter. But it's the defense that's been carrying the Cowboys this stretch without Dak Prescott.

Nick Eatman: I can say this game lived up to my expectations. At first it was thought to be tough, but this bend-but-not-break defense rarely bends.

And it's not just Micah Parsons getting home, the rest of the pass-rushers, too. I thought Trevon Diggs played an incredible game.

But overall, this defense looks nasty. The offense is playing its part and special teams have come through for the most part.

especially with field goals made by Brett Maher. The Cowboys were clearly better than the Commanders and it took four quarters to prove it.

Patrick Walker: This was a winnable contest for the Cowboys and, while they didn't make it easy for themselves at times, they were able to do exactly.

Trevon Diggs landed his second interception in as many games and two critical pass breakups when the defensive front didn't fare well in Wentz's face.

Gallup's touchdown added momentum and gave Dallas a lead they would never relinquish as Cooper Rush, aided by big games from C.D. Lamb and Noah Brown.

Rob Phillips: The run game was a big factor in the Cowboys' previous two wins. You could argue that wasn't the case Sunday against Washington.

"Everything is based on the run game," quarterback Cooper Rush said. That's something the offense wants and needs to continue while Dak Prescott returns from his thumb injury.