Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys just weren’t able to get it done against the Philadelphia Eagles in primetime on Sunday Night Football. A team that was supposed to be written off for the season after Week 1 came into this matchup 4-1 and ready to take down the only undefeated team in the league.
Penalties, a complete lack of offensive success, turnovers, and many other things kept that from happening. The Cowboys lost 26-17 and now (wildly) sit in third place in the NFC East behind the still-undefeated Eagles and the 5-1 Giants. To say we didn’t expect the division to be anything like this before the season is a severe understatement.
Although there is a lot for this Cowboys team to work on after going back and reviewing this game, it’s also worth noting that this team did make some serious halftime adjustments. After the offense barely showed up in the first half resulting in a 20-3 halftime score, America’s Team did make it interesting by scoring 14 points in the second half.
Even while trying to surmount a miraculous comeback, the team struggled. It was a frustrating game and fans are likely glad they’ll be getting their QB1 back soon after the ridiculous chatter of a QB controversy.
Before we completely move on from this one, let’s take a look at five of the biggest momentum-changing moments that caused the Cowboys to lose this game. These plays let the Eagles continually take command.
5 game-changing moments that led to the Cowboys’ loss against the Eagles
5. Dante Fowler Jr.’s Neutral Zone Infraction Penalty
Dante Fowler Jr., for all intents and purposes, has been a welcome addition as an offseason free agent signing. He isn’t the bread and butter of this defense, but he often has high-powered moments that help shift a game.
Unfortunately, the biggest moment for Fowler in this game was an embarrassing one.
As the seconds were running out in the first quarter, the Eagles lined up at the 10-yard line for a fourth and four. Nick Sirianni sent his guys out to make it seem like they were going to go for it. A classic scenario of hoping the other team jumps and gives us a first down, but this one was even more obvious as the first quarter was coming to a close.
The trick that everyone tries to do where the defense’s only job is to stand still worked. Fowler Jr. jumped and got called for a neutral zone infraction penalty giving the Eagles 1st and goal instead of forcing them to kick a field goal.
The play even had Cowboys legend Michael Irvin irate on Twitter. Fowler did have a big sack later in the game, but this obvious mistake and gaffe led to the Eagles getting an easy touchdown and was a big part of their strong start.