The Eagles capped off the 2017 season with their third loss of the campaign, finishing with a 13-3 record. The Eagles had nothing to gain with the exception of confidence, one way or another, but for better or worse, we know a little more about the team that will be taking the field in two weeks ...
Blount had a contract escalator that would kick in if he rushed for 750 yards on the season. Blount hit that escalator, and as a result he’ll be $300,000 richer.
After tearing his Achilles at his pro day in the spring, rookie cornerback Sidney Jones was projected to redshirt his rookie year. Instead, Jones suited up and played for the first time all season on Sunday against the Cowboys, and the returns were encouraging for a player just nine months removed from injury. Jones did get burned deep on a pass overthrown by Dak Prescott, but outside of that he played as well as you could hope for a player in his position.
The Eagles defense as a unit
A few not-great plays by individual players, but against the Cowboys’ starters, the Eagles defense played lights out, holding Dallas in check all day long.
Fans at the Linc
That fans that went out and attended Sunday’s game are the real MVPs. Freezing cold that prompted punter Donnie Jones to wear his sweatpants on the field swept through the stands at the Linc, the fans stood pat to cheer on the Eagles. The reason the fans are the losers is because they were subjected to the first Eagles shutout on offense since 2009. There wasn’t much to cheer for, much less anything to freeze for.
On the only scoring drive of the game, Douglas was picked on three times and failed to locate the ball at various points in the game. The rookie corner has played well this season, but Sunday just wasn't his day.
Dan Bailey was arguably the best, or at least most consistent, kicker in the game. As of late that’s just not been the case. On Sunday, Bailey missed a chip shot 23-yard field goal and an extra point attempt, adding to the two field goals he missed last week as well. Is Bailey finally Blair Walsh-ing?
Against the Eagles’ backups, Prescott, along with Ezekiel Elliott, was able to muster only six points. For bonus points he had Sean Lee at his disposal. I think we can put to rest the Carson Wentz vs. Dak debates.
For two weeks the defense looked like an issue, not its the reverse as the offense has fallen apart while the defense has played some of its best football. Hopefully the week off will help, but with the way the Eagles have played the last two weeks, their next game may very well be their last.