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Eagles Fly By Cowboys To Seize Control of The NFC East

After a strong first-half, the Dallas Cowboys surrendered 30 straight second-half points in a 37-9 loss to rival Philidelphia Eagles to fall to 5-5.

The Cowboys offense struggled for the second straight week without running back Eziekel Elliot and left tackle Tyron Smith. After allowing six sacks last week, tackle Chaz Green was benched in favor of Byron Bell. Bell was a little bit better allowing just two sacks but one of them resulted in a touchdown. Quarterback Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season throwing for 145 yards and three interceptions on 18-of-31 passing. Wide receiver Dez Bryant led in receptions and yards with eight catches for 63 yards. The lone bright spot was running back Alfred Morris who had his best game of the season running for 93 yards on 18 carries. The offense totaled just 225 yards.

Defensively the Cowboys started the game strong tightening up after the opening drive holding the Eagles scoreless the rest of the half. However, the second-half was a different story as the Eagles ran off 30 straight points. The Cowboys were carved on the ground for 215 of the 383 yards they allowed. They also struggled with the passing game being flagged for holding throughout the game. Anthony Hitchens, Byron Jones, Xavier Woods, and Demarcus Lawrence all led with four tackles apiece.

The Cowboys got off to a fast start as wide receiver Ryan Switzer took the opening kickoff 61-yards to the PHI 37-yard line that set up a 48-yard Mike Nugent field goal to give the Cowboys an early 3-0 lead. The Eagles responded with an 8-play, 75-yard drive capped off by a Kenjon Barner 4-yard touchdown run to take a 7-3 lead. Nugent hit a 27-yard field goal to make it 7-6 late first quarter.

Following a stop, Prescott’s pass to wide receiver Terrance Willams’ arms and into safety Rodney McLeod’s hands for an interception giving the Eagles the ball at the DAL 15-yard line. Three plays later Eagles kicker Jake Elliott missed a 34-yard field goal to keep it 7-6. Prescott threw his second interception this time to Eagle cornerback Ronald Darby giving the Eagles the ball at the DAL 46-yard line but would be forced to punt. Nugent hit a 47-yard field goal to give the Cowboys a 9-7 half-time lead.

The Eagles started the second half just like the first with an 8-play, 75-yard drive capped off by an 11-yard touchdown run by running back Corey Clement. With Elliott out for the second-half with a head injury, Clement caught the two-point conversion to give the Eagles a 15-9 lead. After a stop, Eagles running back Jay Ajayi busted through the middle of the Cowboys defense for a huge 71-yard gain set up an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Wentz to wide receiver Torey Smith and a two-point conversion pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery extended the Eagles led 23-9.

The Eagles opened the fourth quarter with a 17-yard Wentz to Jeffery touchdown pass and after a failed two-point conversion took a commanding 29-9 lead. On the following drive, Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett beat Bell and stripped sacked Prescott that was recovered by linebacker Nigel Bradham who returned 37-yards for a touchdown and after the two-point conversion made it 37-9. Prescott threw his third interception of the game, this time to safety Malcolm Jenkins in the end zone middle fourth quarter to finish off the win.

The Cowboys will look to rebound as they take on the Los Angeles Chargers at home this Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on CBS.


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