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Observations from the Eagles’ ugly win over the Cowboys, 23 to 9

Winning streak! Lol.

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The Philadelphia Eagles ultimately beat the Dallas Cowboys with a comfortable lead but watching their Sunday Night Football victory sure wasn’t a comfortable experience. This was mostly an ugly one.

Final score: 23 to 9.

The Eagles are now 3-4-1 on the season. And still first in the NFC East.

Read on for some observations and postgame thoughts, I guess.

FIRST QUARTER

  • The Eagles won the toss and elected to defer. The Cowboys ran a reverse to CeeDee Lamb to pick up a first down. Always a success when you run the ball with a receiver against this defense. Vinny Curry sacked Ben DiNucci for a 12-yard loss and Dallas wound having to settle for a 49-yard field goal make. Not terrible but could’ve been more dominant. EAGLES 0, COWBOYS 3.
  • Boston Scott’s first carry went for 19 yards. Then Carson Wentz got sacked for nine yards. Then Wentz got sacked and fumble for a Cowboys recovery. Wentz was trying to wait for Dallas Goedert to get open but should’ve thrown the ball away. Just a stupid turnover.
  • Wentz got bailed out with Brandon Graham strip-sacking DiNucci for an Eagles recovery. That was a matchup that looked really bad on paper for Dallas heading into this one. BLG killing it this year.
  • The Eagles drove into Dallas territory with the Cowboys’ defense looking totally incapable of stopping the run. Wentz also lofted a nice fade ball to Travis Fulgham (The GOAT) for a 32-yard gain to bring up 1st-and-goal.

The Eagles lined up Jalen Hurts at quarterback but that play got ruined by a delay of game penalty. Wentz hit Jalen Reagor on a short throw for the rookie’s first NFL touchdown. Boom Nice little (legal) pick set by Greg Ward on the play. EAGLES 7, COWBOYS 3.

SECOND QUARTER

  • Will Parks, who might be traded, came up with a nice tackle for loss to set the Cowboys back. Then DiNucci overthrew an open receiver. Then he underthrew a target down the field on a play where Fletcher Cox drew a holding penalty anyway. DiNucci’s not exactly the best quarterback we’ve ever seen.
  • The Eagles drove to the Dallas 44-yard line and Doug Pederson had the offense go for it. Wentz fumbled and the Cowboys recovered. Wentz failed to recognize the blitz and get he ball out quick to two wide open receivers over the middle. Great stuff. Exactly what they can’t do to let a bad team have life.
  • The Cowboys picked up one first down before having to settle for another 49-yard field goal make. EAGLES 7, COWBOYS 6.
  • The Eagles tried to run Philly Philly on 3rd-and-6 but Greg Ward ended up aborting the pass attempt to run for two yards instead. Had to punt. Cameron Johnston gave the coverage team a chance to down the ball at the 1-yard line but they failed to down it there.
  • Six-and-out for Dallas.
  • Ward picked up 23 yards on a punt return to set the Eagles up at their own 49-yard line. Wentz overthrew Goedert on 3rd-and-8 but the Eagles were bailed out by a generous penalty on Randy Gregory. Then Wentz forced a ball to Reagor in the end zone and got picked off. AWFUL.
  • Fortunately for Philly, the Cowboys went three-and-out after Wentz’s third turnover.
  • Pederson went for it on 4th-and-1 and instead of running with Scott he had Wentz throw to Fulgham. The throw was wide and incomplete. Lol. Amazing to see the Eagles struggle against the NFL’s worst defense.
  • The Cowboys picked up enough for Greg Zuerlein to attempt a 59-yard field goal ... and he made it. EAGLES 7, COWBOYS 9. Eagles down at halftime with just seven points against the NFL’s worst defense. Total embarrassment.

THIRD QUARTER

  • Wentz overthrew Hightower deep to get picked off by Trevon Diggs. Absolutely pathetic. Four turnovers in less than 33 minutes of game time. Worthy of being benched.
  • The Cowboys ran the ball eight straight times and had DiNucci throw once to set up a 52-yard field goal attempt. Fortunately, it was missed.
  • The Eagles let Jalen Hurts throw the ball with Wentz lined up at receiver and he completed it to Fulgham for a 9-yard gain. Wentz completed two passes to put the Eagles in the red zone. Then Wentz threw a nice touchdown pass to Fulgham to give the Eagles the lead. Pederson decided to go for two and Wentz completed the throw to Reagor. Better. EAGLES 15, COWBOYS 9.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • The Cowboys drove to 4th-and-inches from the Eagles’ 44-yard line and went for it. DiNucci’s sneak was ruled successful even though it looked like he might not have gotten it. The Cowboys got to 4th-and-2 from the 35-yard line and went for it again. DiNucci’s pass was deflected by Javon Hargrave and it fell incomplete. Turnover on downs.
  • The Eagles went three-and-out after Ward dropped Wentz’s third down throw that would’ve been good for a first. Out of character for the trusty slot guy.
  • The Cowboys drove down to the Eagles’ 21-yard line before T.J. Edwards strip-sacked DiNucci on a blitz. It looked like Curry recovered it and was downed by the refs didn’t blow the whistle (no clear recovery!), allowing McLeod to scoop and score for the touchdown. The Eagles went for two again but Hurts’ running attempt was stopped short of the goal line. Game. EAGLES 21, COWBOYS 9.
  • The Cowboys went three-and-out and ... then took an intentional safety on the punt attempt? EAGLES 23, COWBOYS 9.
  • The Cowboys nearly recovered an onside punt but it was ruled the Eagles’ ball. Almost a pretty smart call to take that safety! The Eagles ran some clock and got to a 4th-and-8. On fourth down, Wentz threw deep into the end zone but Reagor dropped it/had the ball knocked out of his hands. Would’ve been a nice cap to the night.
  • The Cowboys drove into the red zone but failed to score a touchdown to ruin the 10.5-point cover. Phew!

FINAL SCORE: 23 to 9, Eagles win


RAPID REACTION

  • The Eagles are fortunate to have faced such an awful quarterback in Ben DiNucci.
  • 15 offensive points against the NFL’s worst defense that is allowing 33 offensive points per game is pretty pathetic. Especially with the Eagles getting Dallas Goedert and Jalen Reagor back for this one.
  • Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz were pretty bad tonight.
  • Will Wentz ever stop fumbling? Doesn’t feel like it.
  • Brandon Graham is having a career year. He’s been awesome for this team.
  • The defense wasn’t perfect but they clearly carried their weight in this one.
  • Travis Fulgham continues to be the real deal. There can’t be anyone who thinks he’s a fluke at this point.
  • The bottom line: the Eagles are 3-4-1 heading into the bye. They have a real chance to get to 4-4-1 with a win over the New York Giants in Week 10. They’re certainly not a good team. But they’re very much still in position to win this abomination that is the NFC East.

INJURIES

  • Jason Peters got hurt late in the second quarter. Shocker. He came back in for the start of the third quarter.
  • Darius Slay (ankle) picked up an ankle injury early in the third quarter.
  • Malik Jackson (quad) got banged up in the third quarter and did not return.
  • Michael Jacquet picked up an injury in the fourth quarter, leaving the Eagles with just Avonte Maddox and Nickell Robey-Coleman at cornerback at one point. Jalen Mills moved down to corner with Parks coming in to replace the Green Goblin at safety.