Tom recaps the dominant Cowboys victory.
The Dallas Cowboys quieted a lot of discontent with a totally dominant 37-10 win over division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a game they never trailed. Not only that, they had at least a full touchdown lead for almost the entire contest, that just grew as the game progressed.
This was much more than just a win to quell some of our unease, of course. This was for the undisputed lead for the NFC East crown and the attached playoff spot. Now Dallas has beaten all three of its division rivals, and all by big margins. With the New York Giants and Washington both looking inept, to be kind, the division was already shaping up to be a two team race. The contenders met in this game, and the Cowboys completely outclassed the Eagles. This was the most points scored by Dallas this year, and the biggest margin of victory.
Oh, how sweet it is.
The game was basically decided early in the first quarter, as the plan by Doug Pederson to take the opening kickoff to try and get the Eagles off to a fast start completely blew up in their beaks.
BTB alum KD Drummond writes on how the Cowboys were able to put everything together en route to blowing out the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Dallas Cowboys entered Sunday Night Football with their backs firmly pressed up against the proverbial wall. They enter the ensuing bye week flying as high as any point this season, 37-10 winners in a division battle for first place.
Losers of three straight, the Cowboys began the contest in a tie with the Philadelphia Eagles, but with the situation seeming much more dire. Grumbles from disgruntled fans resonated in the echo chambers of social media, pleading for a coaching change and a reprieve from the Jason Garrett era, which despite having great regular season success is seen for his flaws more so than his talents.
A slow start Sunday, and the reaction at AT&T Stadium would be swift in judgment, cascading around in a tavern with the roof closed for maximum volume. But that never happened. Instead, the roars of exuberant fans bounced from eardrum to eardrum as Dallas took control of the game early and never relented. Garrett led a masterful performance from beginning to end, with a return to creative playcalling, and the emergence of a turnover-inducing defense to put together the club’s most complete performance of 2019.
Are the Cowboys on the way to winning back-to-back division titles? They are certainly stepping in the right direction.
1. No NFC East team has repeated as division champion since the Eagles did it in 2003-04, but the Cowboys are on their way.
Despite their 4-3 record, the Cowboys have beaten every team in the division convincingly.
They opened the season with a 35-17 victory over the Giants and had a 31-21 win at Washington in Week Two. That’s a cumulative 103-48 over division opponents.
The Cowboys have a bye in Week Eight before traveling to the Giants.
Dallas won the NFC East last season with a 10-6 record.
In Eagles loss to Cowboys, no excuses for Fletcher Cox, Jim Schwartz and the (lack of) defense - Mike Sielski, Philly Inquirer
Let’s check in on the Philly side of things...
It wasn’t that the Cowboys wanted it more. It was that the Eagles didn’t seem to want it at all, and there was nothing from their defense to suggest it was capable, as Schwartz is coaching it right now, of turning the tide. Sure, Dallas Goedert’s burping up the football on the Eagles’ first possession and DeMarcus Lawrence’s strip-sack of Carson Wentz weren’t the defense’s doing. But just because the circumstances didn’t favor Schwartz and his group doesn’t mean they did their jobs well, doesn’t absolve them from the ragged tackling and predictable deep-strike completions and too-frequent failures on third down.
“Everybody’s counting us out already, but we’re the guys in this locker room,” Cox had said ahead of Sunday’s game. “We’re the guys who go out there and practice every day. We’re in every meeting. One of the leaders in this locker room, man, my job is to keep everybody up. That’s the biggest thing. If I’m down, they’ll be down.”
They were all down Sunday night, starting with their self-appointed leader. Cox, the defensive tackle who is supposed to be the centerpiece and anchor of the defense, was a non-factor Sunday night. He did not record a tackle in the first half; it wasn’t until he sacked and forced a fumble by Dak Prescott in the third quarter that there was reason to believe he was even playing.
Jason Garrett outcoaches Eagles’ Doug Pederson as Dallas Cowboys take over first place - Mac Engel, The Star-Telergram
Jason Garrett was, without any doubt, the best coach in the building on Sunday night in AT&T Stadium.
It was Pederson who was dumb enough to announce Monday on Philadelphia radio station WIP, “We’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East.”
Well played, coach.
The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 37-10 on Sunday Night Football, and they are in first place in the NFC East. Not that he was ever getting fired this soon, or perhaps for all of eternity, but the Jason Garrett Era continues.
Pederson tried to walk back his bold comments, but any member of the Dallas Cowboys with even one good ear heard his prediction. Having lost three straight, the Cowboys needed zero motivation. But Pederson had to know better than to poke a rich, comfortable, vain, fire-breathing, blue-and-silver dragon.
The Cowboys were simply dominant.
Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys are back in control of the NFC East after beating Philadelphia with the division lead on the line.
Elliott ran over safety Malcolm Jenkins on his way to 111 yards and a touchdown, Dak Prescott threw an easy scoring pass on a great fake to his star running back before a TD run and the Cowboys rolled to a 37-10 victory over the Eagles on Sunday night.
The Cowboys (4-3) ended a three-game losing streak that followed their 3-0 start and clouded high expectations for the defending division champs.
Carson Wentz threw an interception and had two of Philadelphia’s three lost fumbles. The Eagles (3-4) dropped their second straight game after a two-game winning streak that looked like it might get their season going.
Dallas thrived under the lights in a big game that they had to have.
The Cowboys head to their Week 8 bye with a 3-0 NFC East record. Considering the Cowboys’ remaining schedule contains five games against teams with .500 records or better and a return trip to Philadelphia in December, this was as close to a must win as an October meeting could be.
All of the issues might not be fixed permanently, but the Cowboys needed this.
Promising trend: Elliott did something no other starting running back did against Philadelphia’s stout run defense: rush for more than 43 yards. He actually did that in the first half. Le’Veon Bell of the Jets had the most yards by a starter entering Sunday with 43 yards on 15 carries. Elliott finished with 111 yards, continuing a trend against the Eagles since his rookie season. Elliott has played five games against Philadelphia and has gone for more than 96 yards each time. And the Cowboys are 5-0 against the Eagles with Elliott in the lineup.
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch said his neck injury is not serious. He exited in second half and did not return. Appears not to be long-term concern. Relief.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) October 21, 2019
We discussed the latest Cowboys win (quite the sweet one) on the latest episode of The Ocho.
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