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Birds Grounded as Dallas Crushes Philly

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Sunday night's prime-time match-up between the Eagles and Cowboys was supposed to be a battle for first place in the NFC East. Instead of a battle, it turned out to be a massacre in which Dallas destroyed Philadelphia 37-10.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 20: Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Orlando Scandrick (38) tackles Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Randall Cobb (18) just short of the goal line during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on October 20, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX - (Ron Jenkins/AP Photo)

A Cowboy's favorite meal is roasted eagle, and boy did the Cowboys feast on Sunday. Dallas's defense got four turnovers as Philadelphia's offense could not get off the ground all night. The Eagles produced just 283 total yards and failed to find the endzone in both of their trips to the red zone. Carson Wentz ended the night 16 for 26 with 191 yds, 1 TD and 1 INT - a measly 29.3 QBR. That dismal performance made Philly fans wish they still had Nick Foles on the roster.

Based on the lack of effort, you would never have guessed the Eagles were playing for first place in their division. They looked more like a team whose season is over. WR Nelson Agholor pulled up from a deep ball that was hardly two feet in front of him. A dive, even a slight extension, and he could have easily caught the ball for a huge gain. He just didn't seem to want to make a play.

Worse than Agholor's complacency was the quality of play from the offensive line. The big men gave up 3 sacks, 6 tackles for a loss, and 5 QB hits. Those stats could've been a lot worse considering how easily Cowboy defenders slipped through the line all night.

How About those Errors

On the offensive side, Dallas was not overly impressive. QB Dak Prescott turned in a mediocre performance, throwing 21 for 27 with 239 yds 1 TD and 1 INT for a 65.1 QBR. He added another 30 yds and a TD on the ground. While it wasn't a great night for the signal caller, it was enough to secure the W. Zeke Elliott carried the load for the offense with 22 rushes for 111 yds and a TD.

The Cowboys got a huge win and now stand atop the division, but they are far from a powerhouse. Sunday's dismantling of the Eagles is proof not of Dallas's dominance but of Philly's falling apart.

Dallas will look to build on this momentum and clean up the details next week against their lowly division rival, the New York Giants. The Eagles travel to Buffalo to face a 5-1 Bills team which might be one of the most overlooked teams in the NFL right now.

No shenanigans, just football.

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