The Dallas Cowboys put a beatdown on the Philadelphia Eagles with the entire nation watching on Sunday night. With the win, the Cowboys moved back into first place in the NFC East and sent the previously-invincible Eagles to their second straight loss.
On second thought, were the Eagles ever invincible? While they started the season 10-1, they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in multiple games that they were outplayed. Their overtime win against the Commanders springs to mind and they were lucky to beat the Cowboys in their first meeting.
Additionally, they beat the Bills and Chiefs by a combined seven points and were one play away from losing both games.
Against the Chiefs, Marquez Valdes-Scantling dropped a potential game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Against the Bills, Josh Allen and Gabe Davis had a costly miscommunication in overtime on what should've been a walk-off touchdown.
The Eagles undoubtedly deserve credit for winning ugly, but their luck is finally regressing to the mean. Even Cowboys fans would agree Philly is still a really good team, but last night's loss was so demoralizing that it prompted Eagles legend Seth Joyner to call the team frauds on JAKIB Sports' postgame show.
Eagles legend Seth Joyner calls team frauds after Cowboys dominated Philly on SNF
Did the Cowboys break the Eagles? That remains to be seen, but they've undoubtedly shattered Joyner's spirit, and that alone speaks volumes. Joyner's words hold merit in Philadelphia. He was a two-time second-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting (as well as fifth in MVP voting) in 1991 over his eight years with the franchise.
While most folks would agree that the Eagles are still a good team, two straight blowout losses against teams they're expected to compete with to get to the Super Bowl was enough for Joyner to call Philadelphia fool's gold.
You be the judge. They're an impossible 7-1 in one-score games this season. They could have another three or four losses.
It's reminiscent of last year's Vikings team that won 11 one-score contests on their way to a 13-4 record and clinching the No. 3 seed in the NFC. Minnesota couldn't shed the fraud label despite its record. Sure enough, they lost to the overachieving Giants at home in the first round of the playoffs.
Shame on Joyner for being this critical of the Eagles. Doesn't he know Philly was given the "hardest schedule in NFL history"?
Cry me a river.
The Eagles deserve the benefit of the doubt more than the Vikings did. They've beaten some of the NFL's best teams this season and nearly won the Super Bowl last year. It's not an apples-to-apples comparison, but the similarities are undeniable.
They might go on to win the NFC East, but Sunday night proved what Cowboys fans thought along and Joyner hammered it home on JAKIB Sports' postgame show: the Eagles might be frauds. They've lived on the edge all season and their luck seems to be running out with the playoffs just over a month away.
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