The Dallas Cowboys smashed Philadelphia Eagles in Monday Night Football, 41-21, with Dak Prescott being the center of attention.
Prescott ended the match with three TDs and 238 yards, not completing just five of his 26 passing attempts. He did suffer four sacks but was an enigma for the Eagles’ defense that simply couldn’t stop his pushes in crucial moments.
What might have been the motive for his superb performance is the fact that Prescott didn’t play in Arlington since his injury. He would mention the same following the match, stating that he couldn’t wait to appear in front of 93,000 fans at the AT&T Stadium.
“Just thankful for everything that I’ve been through, all of the hard work that made me account for just to be back out here doing what I love,” Prescott said. “It’s the greatest place to play football.”
The Cowboys were gradually but consistently building up their advantage. At the end of the first period, they were up 14-7, 20-7 at halftime, and the final push came early in the last 15 minutes when they reached a 41-14 lead.
Ezekiel Elliott finally looked like one of the best rushers in the league, finishing the match with 95 yards on the ground in 17 carries and two scores. Tony Pollard was very good as well, with 60 yards on 11 carries. Dalton Schultz would rack up 80 receiving yards in 6 catches, two of them for a touchdown. Cedrick Wilson had one TD reception.
On the other side, the Eagles looked pretty pale. Jalen Hurts was struggling, but we need to say that he didn’t have any help from his teammates. The young QB had 326 yards, two touchdown passes, and two picks. One went to Zach Ertz, one to Greg Ward.
Hurts blamed mainly himself because for the loss, not mentioning anyone else.
“I didn’t do a good enough job of leading,” Hurts said. “I didn’t do a good enough of running our offense, doing the things I need to do. This one’s on me.”
The Eagles are 1-2 since the start, winning the opener in Atlanta against the Falcons, 32-6, and then losing to 49ers at home, 11-17.
Up next, they will have a pretty nasty schedule, coming back at Lincoln Financial Field to meet with the Kansas City Chiefs, then visiting the Carolina Panthers before hosting the Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Many are afraid that this streak might kill the Eagles’ playoff chances.
There are certain rumors that the franchise from Philly might start a rebuild during this season and make big trades if things go wrong. Hurts is the team’s cornerstone, and he should be surrounded by some younger players. All along, they could develop into a respectable force in the future.
As for the Cowboys, they are now 2-1. Following a tight loss in the opener against the Buccs, 31-29, Dallas bounced back to beat the LA Chargers on the road, 20-17. Mike McCarthy’s crew has another game at home coming up, against the Carolina Panthers, which is a nice chance for Dak and the boys to improve the score to 3-1.
Cowboys are expected to win the NFC East this year, and not only that but to play a big role in the playoffs. With Prescott in the best shape and Elliot at the highest possible level, this team is a Super Bowl contender.
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