It was the upset of the day. Without a doubt. The Dallas Cowboys defeated Philadelphia Eagles 27-20, away from home, in a game which might be the turning point of the season for the Arlington-based franchise.
Seven days ago, Dallas Cowboys experienced criticism on every step they made. Their coach, the offensive coordinator, starting quarterback, the offensive line, all of them were blasted through the media.
Now, things are changed.
“We were reeling when we came to Philadelphia, so I’m just proud for them that we came out of here with this win. We know we beat a good football team tonight,” said Jerry Jones, Cowboys’ owner.
With 7:29 to go, Carson Wentz made a one-yard pass to Zach Ertz to tie the game at 20-20. The whole Lincoln Financial field erupted, as the champions gained a momentum coming into the ending of this event.
And then we saw Dak Prescott in his finest mode. He had three completions for 57 yards, setting up a perfect position for Ezekiel Elliot to close this game. The powerful running back didn’t miss that chance.
“We had no choice but to win,” said Elliott who had 151 rushing yards and a TD, and also 36 receiving yards for another score.
It was 6:18 to go until the end of the second quarter, and the Cowboys had a second down for 10. The snap went to Elliot who went through the defensive line, and hurdled over Tre Sullivan, one of the Eagles defenders. The Cowboys fans in Philly were wild after that.
Prescott had a tough game in which he experienced a lot of challenges, being sacked four times, improvising all the time. But he eventually overcame all those difficulties proving his worth. In the end, he had 26 completed passes from 36 attempts, for one TD, also contributing with a one-yard sneak in, just before the halftime, giving the Cowboys 13-3 lead at the break.
The Eagles were devastated after this loss, and the reigning champions have a lot of issues to solve if they want to reach the playoffs. Coach Doug Pederson was extremely unhappy after the game.
“All of us need to look in the mirror,” Pederson said, “Are we doing enough? Are we giving enough? You have to strain yourself to make plays. We didn’t do it,” he continued. “Each person, each coach, each player in the locker room has to look at yourself and decide every day to give your best.”
Carson Wentz had 360 yards, 32 of 44, two TD passes and one interception, by Vander Esch, in his second drive of the night.
I know this one hurt,” Wentz said. “This one hurt. Sunday night football, divisional opponent, the Cowboys coming into our home? Really, the way we’ve played the last couple times at home is not what we pride ourselves on, and this one hurt.
This was the third straight home loss for the Eagles, something which didn’t happen since 2013. The offensive part of the team has many problems to find a good chemistry, and for now, the champions are far away from any decent standards they set up during the previous year.
Since 1998, this season is the first one in which the Eagles couldn’t score at least 21 points in the opening five games at home. For those who don’t know, back then they had 3-13 at the end, and that was one of the worst teams in their history. At 4-5 at the moment, reaching the playoffs would be a huge deal, and all the talks about the Super Bowl are long gone. To make it even worse for the Eagles, they are going to New Orleans to face the rampaging Saints next week, and their record could be even worse after that one.
The moment of truth for them is coming afterward, when they have three straight games against the divisional rivals. They will be hosting Giants and Redskins, and visiting Dallas, before heading for Los Angeles to face the Rams.
The Cowboys are still alive, and they too have 4-5. Up next they play against the shaky Falcons in Atlanta, who lost the last one in Cleveland 28-16. After that, Garrett’s boys have a nice chance to turn this season upside down, with three home games, against the Redskins, Saints, and Eagles.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.