We expected better... Dallas 37, Eagles 10

We expected better... Dallas 37, Eagles 10

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We expected better... Dallas 37, Eagles 10

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Just about everything EYE said the Eagles had to accomplish to win this game went wrong. We were outplayed, out-blocked, out-hustled, out-hit and out-tackled, and dare I say out-coached.

Out-ch!

If you’re worried this is a chronic thing and not just a one-off bad game, you may be on to something.

With another road test against the 5-1 Buffalo Bills up next, followed by a three-game home stretch against the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, the Eagles’ season is very much on shaky ground.

Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys are back in control of the NFC East after beating Philadelphia with the division lead on the line.

Elliott ran over safety Malcolm Jenkins on his way to 111 yards and a touchdown, Dak Prescott threw an easy scoring pass on a great fake to his star running back before a TD run and the Cowboys rolled to a 37-10 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night.

The Cowboys (4-3) ended a three-game losing streak that followed their 3-0 start and clouded high expectations for the defending division champs.

Carson Wentz threw an interception and had two of Philadelphia’s three lost fumbles. The Eagles (3-4) dropped their second straight game after a two-game winning streak that looked like it might get their season going.

Brett Maher finished the highest-scoring half against Doug Pederson since he became coach of the Eagles in 2016, kicking a 63-yarder on the final play before halftime for a 27-7 lead.

(Maher, the only kicker in NFL history with multiple field goals of at least 62 yards, now has three after kicking a 62-yarder last week against the New York Jets. His other from 62 was against the Eagles last season, his first in the league.)

Prescott’s 8-yard scoring run was the 21st of his career, breaking Roger Staubach’s record of 20 rushing TDs by a quarterback.

Pederson had to clarify during the week that he wasn’t guaranteeing a win after saying on his radio show that his team would go down to Dallas, win the game and fly home in first place. And the coach tried to reverse Philadelphia’s trend of slow starts by taking the ball after winning the coin flip, just the second time in 33 winning flips that Pederson hasn’t deferred in order to start the second half on offense.

It backfired when the Eagles fumbled on their first two possessions, leading to a pair of touchdowns after the Cowboys got the ball on the opponent’s side of the 50 for the first two times this season. Before that, Dallas was the only team in the NFL that hadn’t started a drive on the favorable side of midfield.

“I feel like he [Pederson] got a statement today, and so we’re going to let him go sleep on it,” said defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, whose sack of Wentz created the second turnover.

Dallas Goedert fumbled on a hit from Jaylon Smith at the end of an 8-yard catch on the opening possession, and Maliek Collins recovered at the Philadelphia 45. Five plays later, receiver Tavon Austin took an option pitch 20 yards for the score.

After Wentz fumbled on the sack by Lawrence, and Antwaun Woods recovered, Elliott ran over Jenkins on the next play on what was ruled a 14-yard score before replay showed his knee down at the 1. Elliott scored on the next play.

The Cowboys answered the only touchdown from Eagles — Wentz’s 28-yard pass to Goedert — when Prescott faked a handoff to Elliott from the 1 and threw to wide-open Blake Jarwin in the end zone for a 21-7 lead.

Dallas finished with 189 yards rushing, 116 more than the average that the league’s No. 2 run defense was allowing.

Elliott, the last back to get 100 yards against the Eagles, did it again on 22 carries. The two-time NFL rushing champion is averaging 115 yards in five games against his division rival. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

Prescott was 21 of 27 for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception and had another 30 yards rushing. Amari Cooper caught five passes for 106 yards after missing most of a loss to the previous winless New York Jets with a thigh injury. Wentz was 16 of 26 for 191 yards and the Cowboys held the Eagles to 283 yards after their defense had struggled against the Jets.

The Eagles suffered from a lot of missed tackles…I stopped counting after 11 in the first half alone.

We’re either a good team with diagnostic problems, or a bad team that can’t hide its flaws anymore. I’m leaning to the latter, but admit it could be just disappointment talking.

INJURIES: Dallas linebacker Leighton Vander Esch didn’t return after injuring his neck in the first half. He walked off the field after staying down for a few minutes. Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn had a sack in the first half before leaving with a rib injury.

Matchup
1st Downs 16 23
Passing 1st downs 9 12
Rushing 1st downs 5 10
1st downs from penalties 2 1
3rd down efficiency 3-9 8-14
4th down efficiency 1-2 1-1
Total Plays 57 66
Total Yards 283 402
Total Drives 11 11
Yards per Play 5.0 6.1
Passing 168 213
Comp-Att 16-26 21-27
Yards per pass 5.8 7.1
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-23 3-26
Rushing 115 189
Rushing Attempts 28 36
Yards per rush 4.1 5.3
Red Zone (Made-Att) 0-2 3-5
Penalties 5-40 6-65
Turnovers 4 1
Fumbles lost 3 0
Interceptions thrown 1 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 27:38 32:22

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