The Eagles beat the Cowboys today. They did some things well, and some things not so well. Here’s what we thought of the performance:
Pass offense: B
Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdowns, he didn’t throw any interceptions, and he looked good in the pocket. Most of his throws were good, while a few were bad. The Eagles’ receivers had a few drops, because of course they did. Zach Ertz played his best game of the season in an entirely useless game, because of course he did.
It was a pretty typical game for Wentz and the Eagles. Nothing flashy, but you see visions of what could be if the team gives the quarterback some weapons.
Run offense: B-
The Eagles ran 30 times and only picked up 114 yards. Darren Sproles looked good, but when doesn’t he?
The more interesting part of the run game on Sunday was the way the Eagles would use young running backs Byron Marshall and Terrell Watson. Watson, who was promoted from the practice squad, didn’t look exceptional, but he scored his first career touchdown which was awesome. Marshall had a few pretty solid runs in the second half, finishing with 10carries for 42 yards.
All in all, not a bad day.
Pass defense: B-
Jordan Hicks was the Eagles’ best cornerback on Sunday. He picked Mark Sanchez off twice, including one absolutely gorgeous interception where he plucked the ball from near the grass.
The team’s actual cornerbacks looked bad, as they have all season. There will most likely be changes at the position when the offseason arrives. Tony Romo shredded the Birds’ secondary. Mark Sanchez even managed to loft a long pass over Jalen Mills and Leodis McKelvin.
Run defense: B+
With Ezekiel Elliott on the sideline all day — and looking very cold, I might add — the Eagles didn’t face much of a challenge from the Cowboys’ run game. Darren McFadden, a shell of his former college self, ran 21 times for 69 yards.
Fletcher Cox looked good, going up against double teams as he has for the majority of the season. Brandon Graham blew tons of plays up and made things uncomfortable for McFadden & Co.