3 Cowboys players who deserve blame for gut-wrenching loss vs Eagles

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1. Terence Steele

What is it with the Cowboys and handing out contract extensions to players who are coming off major knee injuries? They did it with Michael Gallup two years ago and followed suit with Terence Steele this past offseason after he suffered a torn ACL in the second half of the 2022 schedule. Both decisions look regrettable.

The Cowboys were handed a gift of an opportunity to steal the game and Steele allowed a massive sack of Dak Prescott that made it impossible.

On 1st and 10 from the Eagles 11-yard line, Prescott got sacked for an 11-yard loss. While Haason Reddick gave Steele fits all game, it was fellow edge rusher Josh Sweat who got the better of Dallas' right tackle in this moment.

Out of timeouts, precious seconds ticked off the clock. In desperation mode, Prescott threw an incomplete pass in the end zone for Jalen Tolbert before he connected with CeeDee Lamb five yards short of the end zone.

Steele's pass protection (or lack thereof) killed the Cowboys in the entire second half. He's been a liability all season but has coasted by. Now, though, some uncomfortable (but necessary) conversations will be had about his role going forward.

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