The Dallas Cowboys had their best defensive performance of 2020 and still lost
The Dallas Cowboys came into their Sunday night matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles giving up the most points per game in the NFL. The defense also struggled to get takeaways. Yesterday, despite what was perhaps the unit’s best outing, Dallas lost 23-9 anyway.
Through the first seven games of the season, America’s Teams’ defense had only managed to force three turnovers. Against the Eagles, they were able to force four turnovers throughout the course of the game.
The organization’s rookie cornerback, Trevon Diggs, managed to get his first and second career interceptions in what was easily his best-played game of the season so far. Mike Nolan also dialed up the pressure on the Eagles and the team ended the game with four sacks.
Predictably, the teams’ offense continued to struggle to move the ball. The team trotted out rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci to make his first career start. The seventh-round draft pick out of James Madison University finished the game completing 21 of 40 passes for 180 yards while losing two fumbles (one of which was brought back for a scoop-and-score by the Eagles).
Despite a miraculous 59-yard field goal by kicker Greg Zuerlein, the team finished with under ten points in the game. In the three games since the organization’s starting quarterback, Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury they are averaging less than eight points per game.
The Cowboys fall to 2-6 on the season after Sundays’ loss and now occupy third place in the miserable NFC East. The New York Giants will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night with a chance to tie Dallas’s record.
Despite the fact that the Dallas Cowboys are only a game-and-a-half back of the division lead yesterdays’ loss to the Eagles symbolically feels like the end of the teams’ chances. The team has a brutal matchup next week against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. With the way this team has been playing it is hard to imagine that will be a fun game to watch for fans of America’s Team.