We survived a scare before kickoff as the Dallas Cowboys were the overwhelming favorites from the Football Night in America Team. Just about any Dallas fan understands how quickly things can go wrong once others start to believe, but that wasn't the case this time.
The Cowboys were out for revenge on the Philadelphia Eagles, who held on for a 28-23 win in their first meeting of the year. Dallas nearly came back in that one but late penalties wound up being their downfall. This time, they made sure it didn't come down to the wire.
Dallas jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the opening drive and went into the half up 24-6. They won this one going away as the defense forced three turnovers. Added all up, the Cowboys won 33-13 to improve to 10-3 on the season and 8-0 at home. Now, let's look back at who stood out as studs and duds from the revenge game win.
Cowboys stud: Donovan Wilson, S
Donovan Wilson has taken his share of criticism this season — and it's hard to argue that he hasn't had his share of struggles. You wouldn't know that from the way he came out on Sunday Night Football, making two big plays on the opening defensive series of the night.
Dallas was up 7-0 and the Eagles were trying to match the opening-drive touchdown. They were on the move until Wilson hit Jalen Hurts at the 20-yard line and forced the ball out. The fumble was recovered by Wilson as well, stopping the Eagles after they had gone 54 yards.
That was the second play he made that stood out, the first being when he broke up a deep pass to DeVonta Smith. It originally looked as though Smith had a huge gain but Wilson came in along with Damone Clark to force an incompletion. Wilson finished with five tackles and was a major part of setting the tone early.