Eagles vs. Cowboys: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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The Eagles lost a game they should have won without Jalen Hurts on Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Four Eagles turnover converted to 20 points for the Cowboys, a 40-34 retreat for the Eagles.

Despite four turnovers, the Eagles still managed to win the game. Gardner Minshew had 24 of 40 passes for 355 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions completed.

The Eagles fell to 13-2 overall, their first loss of the season. The Eagles haven’t beaten the Cowboys in Dallas since November 19, 2017, when he won the 2017 Super Bowl. His team beat Dallas 37-9.

Devonta Smith was excellent, leading the Eagles with eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense sacked six for 43 yards.

The Eagles have two more home games to secure home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Maybe this blip serves as motivation.

The Eagles’ 40-34 loss to the Dallas Cowboys had its good points, its bad points, and its ugly side.

good stuff

Devonta Smith He caught a team-high eight passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. This included a 22-yard reception on the Dallas 41 and a 22-yard reception on the 10th put the ball to the Cowboys 19 with :33 remaining. , puts the Eagles in position to win. His two touchdowns were on fourth and third.

Consecutive 9-yard sacks Herson Reddick When Josh Sweat There is 8:39 left in the fourth quarter. Reddick and Sweat left Dallas stranded. The Cowboys faced 3rd and his 30th at the Dallas 29 and looked complete, but they weren’t. Reddick finished with his 2.0 sacks and 1 FF, setting a career-high 14.0 sacks this season. Sweat reached 10.0 sacks for the first time in his career.

head coach Nick Siriani Decided to go 4th and 3rd at the Dallas 14 on the first drive of the second half. Minshew hits a wide-open Smith In the end zone of the 27-17 lead. It was great play design that completely messed up Dallas. AJ Brown Coming out of the field and lined up on the left, Smith ran between cornerback Trevon Diggs and strong safety Kayron Kurth — and inexplicably neither picked Smith up. .

Minshu on the first drive of the second half. The series spanned 77 yards over 10 plays and took 4 minutes and 37 seconds. Minshew completed 4-of-5 for 68 yards and ended it with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Smith. Minshew was sailing the ball and on that drive the throw to Kenneth Gainwell was third and nine for him 20 yards and the throw to Brown was second and nine for him 12 yards but it was a dart. rice field. With 14:13 left and 3rd and 10th for the Dallas 49, Minshew found Smith for a 19-yard gain to continue the Eagles’ last-ditch drive.

SweatA touchdown and a 42-yard interception return for a 10-0 Eagles lead. It was Sweat’s first career interception and his first NFL touchdown of his career. He caught the ball out of the air at first and 10 in Dallas 47. Sweat is the only NFL defensive lineman with an INT-TD this year. He is the first Eagles defensive lineman since Juqua Parker on October 12, 2008 in San Francisco.

Eagles first driveIndeed, it only resulted in Jake Elliott’s 24-yard field goal.It was a great start. The big play was the Eagles’ third play. minshew attacked brown in the Eagles’ first for 41 and 48-yard receptions for 10. It established that Minshew can go deep fast. Brown twisted his left ankle while playing.

nickel corner Abonte Maddox On the Cowboys’ second drive at the Dallas 30, he made a great open-field tackle with a second-and-10 on CeeDee Lamb. . In Dallas’ 43, Flea suffered a 10-yard loss on a flickering play. Unfortunately, Maddox left the field with his left leg, then returned to the locker room in the first half, never to return.

tight end dallas goudart On the first drive of the second half, the Eagles’ 23 go up to catch yet another Minshew overthrow at first and 10. The 22-yard receptions were all Gedelt and prevented Dallas free safety Donovan Wilson from intercepting Minshew for the second time. The play jump-started the Eagles’ second-half offense, resulting in the Eagles leading 27–17.

Minshew finding Smith a 9-yard touchdown with 9:59 left in the game. The Minshew-Smith touchdown connection was his second, the first he completed on 4th down, the second he went ahead 34-27, his third on Dallas’ 9 and he scored 7. was. A great timing ball that Smith brought to the goal line.

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safety lead blankenship The first half was rough. At third-and-seven with 5:19 left in the half, Sweat jumped offside, giving the Cowboys a free play. Blankenship was not in time to catch Lamb in the middle of the field on his 26-yard reception to his 35 for the Eagles.Lamb’s reception ended up in Dallas Kicker Brett Maher made a 21-yard field goal.

Eagles defense on Dallas’ second driveThe Cowboys rushed for 75 yards in 14 plays, leading by 7 minutes and 26 seconds. Prescott was 5-for-5 on the drive, and the Cowboys converted two 3rds and a fifth play, one the Eagles had on Prescott (see below).

Maddox Although starting strong, he was unable to beat Prescott when he wrapped himself around Prescott’s ankle on the Cowboys’ 48 in the third and fifth innings. Prescott had enough time for the Eagles’ 44 to hit Michael his Gallup for him to gain eight yards. It preserved his second drive for the Cowboys and led to Dallas’ first touchdown.

Overthrow Minshew First and 10th Kez Watkins in Dallas 30 with 10:28 remaining. Minshew had Watkins and he knew it. The Eagles still managed to score on a drive when Minshew scored on a 1-yard QB sneak. With 1:21 left in the half, Minshew later beat Smith in second and fourth with the Eagles’ 46. The pass was almost intercepted.


8:02 remaining, cornerback Darius Slay When nickel corner Josiah Scottplayed for injured Abonte Maddox, leaving 33-year-old TY Hilton in charge of them 3rd and 30th in Dallas 29 For a 52 yard reception. The Eagles defense appeared to hold off the Cowboys after he had two consecutive minus 18-yard sacks. The play extended the Cowboys’ drive to end with Prescott finding Lamb in the corner of the end zone to make it a 34–34 tie with 5:49 remaining. Christmas in Philadelphia should ring like his chime for a while—third generation and thirties.

Miles SandersIt was the Eagles’ first in 25 and second fumble of the season in 10 with 2:19 left. The Cowboys’ nose tackle Carlos Watkins fell on the ball in his 21st for the Eagles. This was his fourth turnover for the Eagles, losing two fumbles and he had two interceptions. Dallas scored in each of his four turnovers for the Eagles, converting to 20 points.

receiver Kez Watkins Dallas Nickelback Daron Bland intercepted on Dallas’ 40 and played third and four with 4:24 remaining. In his third turnover for the Eagles, the Cowboys scored his 17 points, and the Cowboys capitalized on his goal in Maher’s third field and his 37–34 lead for the Cowboys. .

boston scott The Eagles’ second drive of the second half failed to hold the ball. First on the Eagles’ 40 and 10, Minshew and Scott flabbed the handoff, and strong safety Jayron Curse (who had a great game) pounced on the Eagles’ 31. touchdown. It was also a crucial time when the Eagles could have scored two up on him.

Tight end with 24 minutes remaining dallas goudart Goedert was called for a false start penalty when he took a step back at the Dallas 29. The Eagles were forced to waste crucial timeouts and, unfortunately, the Eagles wasted an ideal situation going up with a touchdown.

Second on the Eagles’ 43 and 12, on the first play of the second quarter, Minshew forced a pass intended for Watkins that was intercepted by Carth for the Eagles’ 49. to a 14-10 lead.

Blown coverage of CeeDee Lamb’s 36-yard, second-quarter touchdown reception. scott Let Ram go by him, and Blankenship Fully exposed and came late. Prescott easily hit Ram to take a 14-10 lead in Dallas. The completion came with 3 and 6 for the Eagles’ 36.

kill On the Cowboys’ first drive of the second quarter, he was pinned for tampering with Hilton on the Eagles’ 45s on 4th and 8th. The Cowboys took his 14-10 lead.

He gave up 8 of his 15 third-down conversions to the Cowboys and gave up 19 first downs via passes.

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning Philadelphia-area sportswriter who has written feature stories for,,,, Deadspin, and The Philadelphia Daily News. . In 2006, he was nominated for an Emmy for his special project “Love at First Beep” on He is best known for his award-winning feature on high school wrestler AJ Detwiler, which appeared on his SportsCenter in February 2006. In 2015, he was elected president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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