The Cowboy defense is built on the same cornerstone as that of the Rams and Vikings—an irresistible rush by a front four that forces incomplete passes and interceptions—and the Dallas linemen had courageous Billy Kilmer running for his life much of the afternoon.
With Morton and Hayes back at full speed and with their black Sunday behind them, Dallas seems a cinch to win the Capitol Division, Washington having dropped two full games back as a result of its 28-28 tie with Philadelphia. The Vikings can end the Central Division race early by beating Green Bay—which is sputtering with Bart Starr favoring an ailing passing arm—in Milwaukee this Sunday. Cleveland's rubber-band defense snapped last Sunday, but it will snap back—the Browns are the team of the Century. And, in the Coastal Division, the Rams are on the downslope and coasting.