Eagles vs. Cowboys: The good, the bad, and the ugly

The Eagles remained the simplest undefeated crew in the NFL via discovering a solution to win once more, getting via the Dallas Cowboys, 26-17, after nearly blowing a 20-point lead Sunday night time at Lincoln Financial Field.

This is the 0.33 time in franchise historical past the Eagles have began the season 6-0 (1981 and 2004 had been the different two occasions).

The Eagles used an explosive 20-point moment quarter to win. So a long way this season, they’ve scored 112 issues in the moment quarter, and simply 14 issues in the first, 17 in the 0.33 and 18 in the fourth.

Jalen Hurts completed via finishing a modest 15 of 25 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, whilst A.J. Brown stuck 5 passes for a team-high 67 yards and his moment landing of the season, and Miles Sanders rushed for 71 yards on 18 carries and a landing.

The Eagles’ protection threw some warmth at Cowboys’ backup quarterback Cooper Rush, who finished 18 of 38 for 181 yards and a landing, whilst throwing 3 interceptions, two via protection C.J. Gardner-Johnson and one via cornerback Darius Slay.

Entering the recreation, Dallas had simplest grew to become the ball over two times in its first 5 video games.

The Eagles gained with out Pro Bowl proper take on Lane Johnson out for the moment part below concussion protocol, after Johnson did a valid task corralling Dallas outdoor linebacker Micah Parsons.

There used to be numerous excellent, with some dangerous and some ugly in the Eagles’ 26-17 victory over Dallas.

The Good

On second-and-nine at the Dallas 29, Hurts discovering Brown for a 22-yard achieve and a primary down at the Dallas seven with 7:32 to play. The following play Hurts hit DeVonta Smith with a landing cross, padding a slender lead right into a 26-17 cushion with 7:02 to play.

On third-and-four from the Dallas 45 with simply over 10:00 to play, operating again Kenneth Gainwell going 5 yards for a primary down. It prolonged the Eagles’ power and secure the slender 20-17 lead.

On third-and-nine at the Dallas 26, cornerback Darius Slay stepped in entrance of a Rush cross meant for Michael Gallup with 5:14 left in the moment quarter, which ultimately ended in Jake Elliott’s moment box purpose. Slay batted down some other cross on second-and-10 at the Eagles’ 41 with 1:17 to play.

Hurts discovering Brown on third-and-three at the Dallas 15 along with his moment TD reception of the season and a 14-0 Eagles’ lead with 4:07 left in the part.

Cornerback James Bradberry deflecting a cross meant for Gallup. Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson intercepted the deflection with 14:47 left in the first part at the Dallas 44. Bradberry got here again to deflect some other Rush cross with 9:24 left in the part, on a important fourth-and-one at the Dallas 34. The defended cross ended in an Elliott 51-yard box purpose and a commanding 17-0 Eagles’ lead.

Gardner-Johnson later made a game-preserving moment interception with a diving catch with 5:03 left to play. Defensive finish Brandon Graham pressured the interception via pressuring Rush.

On the Eagles’ first ranking, left guard Landon Dickerson manhandling Dallas’ take on Chauncey Golston, making a operating lane for Sanders to attain the Eagles’ first landing. Dickerson twisted, then buried Golston.

Eagles’ trainer Nick Sirianni going for it on fourth-and-four at the Dallas 10 with :08 left in the first quarter. A Dallas’ impartial zone infraction arrange Sanders’ five-yard TD run on the first play of the moment quarter.

On the Eagles’ moment power, on fourth-and-three at the Dallas 38 with 3:38 left in the first quarter. It used to be the most vital play in shaping the tenor of the recreation. It used to be an excellent designed play, which brought about Parsons to momentarily hesitate at misdirection, and allowed Hurts to pitch a brief cross to Brown for an 11-yard achieve. Johnson, who had completed a excellent task towards Parsons, didn’t block him in any respect. Parsons got here ahead and didn’t know what to do, rush Hurts or pick out up Brown, who ran via him. The fourth down conversion arrange the Eagles’ first ranking of the recreation.

Hurts’ 21-yard of completion to back-up tight finish Jack Stoll on the Eagles’ moment power, which introduced the ball to the Eagles’ 43 on second-and-eight. In the grand scheme of items, it would possibly not have appeared essential, but it surely jump-started the Eagles’ offense.

Safety Marcus Epps diving deflection on third-and-four at the Dallas 41 on the Cowboys’ moment sequence.

Defensive take on Jordan Davis preventing off Dallas middle Tyler Biadasz to forestall Tony Pollard for a two-yard achieve on first-and-10 at the Dallas 35 on the Cowboys’ moment power.

Defensive finish Josh Sweat ultimate down on Ezekiel Elliott on the Cowboys’ first power, on a third-and-two at the Dallas 24.

Linebacker Kyzir White batting down Rush’s first cross of the recreation, which used to be meant for CeeDee Lamb.

The Bad

Hurts lacking Brown on third-and-eight at the Eagles’ 44 on their first power. Hurts had him open and overthrew.

Brown losing the Jalen Hurts’ first cross of the recreation at the Eagles’ 35.

Linebacker Haason Reddick no longer having the ability to get off the block of Cowboys’ proper take on Terence Steele on the first play of the recreation, when Lamb took an finish round for 8 yards. On second-and-14 at the Eagles’ 24 with :15 left in the 0.33 quarter, Reddick did not take down Elliott, who reached the Eagles’ 12 on the closing play of the 0.33 quarter.

The Ugly

In an excessively uncommon mistake via middle Jason Kelce, the miscommunication between Kelce and Hurts led to a fumble when Kelce snapped the ball whilst Hurts used to be nonetheless calling out indicators. The Eagles recovered the fumble at the Dallas 42 with 2:46 to play.

Gardner-Johnson and Epps each whiffing on Dallas tight finish Jake Ferguson on the Cowboys’ seven-yard, fourth-quarter landing reception with 14:39 to play, placing Dallas inside 20-17.

With 14:54 left to play, Slay getting known as for unlawful touch on a third-and-two at the Eagles’ 12. The flag gave Dallas a primary down and arrange the Ferguson ranking.

Linebacker T.J. Edwards for shedding Ferguson on a first-and-10 at the Eagles’ 47 for a 22-yard achieve. The play ended in Ezekiel Elliott’s 14-yard landing run with 8:19 left in the 0.33 quarter.

Defensive take on Fletcher Cox being completely taken out via Steele, who had an excellent recreation, on the Elliott third-quarter landing run. Then Cox watched Elliott on the again finish run proper via.

Linebackers Kyron Johnson and Nakobe Dean shedding outdoor include on KaVontea Turpin’s 63-yard kickoff go back that ended in the Cowboys’ simplest issues of the first part.

The simplest different blemish in an in a different way very best part got here with 2:21 left in the moment quarter when take on Jordan Mailata used to be flagged for a false get started. It left the Eagles with a third-and-18 at the Dallas 28, forcing them to accept an Elliott 34-yard box purpose and a 20-0 lead.


Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter based totally in the Philadelphia space who has written characteristic tales for SI.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com, MLB.com, Deadspin and The Philadelphia Daily News. In 2006, he used to be nominated for an Emmy Award for a different undertaking piece for ESPN.com known as “Love at First Beep.” He is maximum famous for his award-winning ESPN.com characteristic on highschool wrestler A.J. Detwiler in February 2006, which gave the impression on SportsCenter. In 2015, he used to be elected president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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