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Eagles vs. Cowboys, Winners & Losers: That Loss Really Sucked

Well, that wasn't very fun.

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The Eagles hadn't lost two games in a row all season until Sunday but finished their home slate at 6-2 after a 38-27 loss to the Cowboys. Dallas now controls the destiny of the NFC East, as the Eagles need the Cowboys to lose at least once to have a shot at the crown. While that isn't out of the realm of possibility, the Eagles need to sweep the Giants and Redskins and hope to get help from either Indianapolis or Washington moving forward.

The Eagles gave the Cowboys a 21-point cushion but rallied to lead by three points in the third quarter. Turnovers by Brent Celek and Mark Sanchez all-but sealed Philly's fate. This was a bad game for the passing offense and defense.

Let's get to winners and losers...


The Run Defense: The trio of Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan and Cedric Thornton was fantastic. While the Eagles gave up two rushing touchdowns, they did hold DeMarco Murray to 2.6 yards per carry and held him to one of the three sub-100 yard games he's had this season (second time for the unit).

Connor Barwin: He got another sack and got pressure throughout.

Vinny Curry: He got a sack and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown in the third quarter.

Brandon Graham: He played very well against the run, especially when Trent Cole was knocked out of the game. #PayTheMan

Jeremy Maclin: He finished with four catches for 98 receiving yards and largely kept the Eagles in the game. He was one of the lone bright spots on the offense.

Chris Polk: He scored two rushing touchdowns with relative ease.

The Offensive Line: For all of the grief the offense is going to get, the line gave Sanchez time and opened up lanes for the running game. Jason Kelce had a penalty but he played well throughout.

Cody Parkey: He continues to be automatic and will likely break the rookie record for field goal percentage for a season.


Mark Sanchez: He finished 17-of-28 for 252 passing yards and two interceptions. It's safe to say he was largely ineffective tonight. He got a lot of his yardage off of two great plays by Josh Huff and Maclin. Sanchez has some of the fanbase's backing over Nick Foles, but the last two games have been a nightmare at the quarterback position. It would not be a shock if Foles starts the rest of the season if he is cleared to play. Sanchez is 3-3 as a starter, while Foles was 5-2 in complete games. Neither should be looked at as the future.

Brent Celek: While he caught four passes for 52 yards, he surrendered the most crucial turnover. He fumbled in the fourth quarter which allowed the Cowboys to clinch the win.

Bradley Fletcher: He gave up all three of Dez Bryant's touchdown receptions. He should be benched, despite Bryant's obvious talent.

Cary Williams: He had two major penalties that helped keep touchdown drives alive. The Eagles need cornerback help badly.

Brad Smith: He is supposed to be a special teams ace but totally set Josh Huff up to fail on the opening kickoff turnover. That was deplorable.

Jordan Matthews: He dropped a redzone pass and finished with zero receptions.

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