Cowboys at Eagles: Dallas posts confusing win in Philly
The Dallas Cowboys came away with the unlikely victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night, making it an even more confusing for America’s Team.
The late Dennis Green is known for saying the famous phrase: “They are who we thought they were …” That can not be said about the 2018 Dallas Cowboys.
After starting the first half of the season losing five of their first eight games, everyone seemed to know who and what the Cowboys were before their Sunday night matchup against the reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
After losing to the Tennessee Titans the previous Monday night in primetime, this being after they had a full bye week to prepare, Dallas appeared to be a team quickly heading for another disappointing season without a playoff berth.
Coming into Sunday night’s divisional battle with the Eagles, the Cowboys appeared to be destined to lose with talks about a coaching change at an all-time high. Instead, Dallas somehow defeated Philly at home, 27-20, leading to even more confusion about this team’s real identity. With the win, the Cowboys now sit in second place in the NFC East.
Who are the 2018 Dallas Cowboys? Are they the team we saw get beatdown by a struggling Titans’ squad on Monday Night Football? Or are they shades of the 2016 team that went 13-3 and who have now bested the reigning champs in their own house? No one knows.
As for Sunday night’s win, quarterback Dak Prescott completed 26 of his 36 passes for 270 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 151 yards and a score on 19 carries. Zeke also had six catches for 36 yards and another touchdown.
Wide receiver Amari Cooper led the Cowboys with six receptions for 75 yards in the winning effort. Slot receiver Cole Beasley would add four catches for 37 yards on the night.
Defensively, rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch led the team with 13 solo tackles and an interception. Safety Jeff Heath recorded eight solo tackles himself. Both defensive end Randy Gregory and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford posted sacks.
Next up for the confusing 4-5 Dallas Cowboys, they’ll travel to A-Town to play the 4-5 Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, November 18th, with a kickoff time scheduled at noon.