Crashing Down. Cowboys Overcome Fast Start to Soar Past Eagles

In a game that produced 990 yards, the most in series history, the Philidelphia Eagles blew a 14-3 lead falling to the Dallas Cowboys 37-17. With the win, Dallas remains in the playoff hunt, needing a win and a Washington Football Team loss or tie to get in. Quarterback Andy Dalton and defensive end Randy Gregory led the charge having their best outings of the season.

For Dalton, he threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns to one interception. On top of that, his three passes of 50 or more yards are the most in a game this season. Michael Gallup had a monster day of his racking up six catches for 121 yards and two scores in the first half, the sixth 100 yard game of his career. Amari Cooper also had one of his better outings on the year, snagging four catches for 121 yards with his 62-yard catch and run, the third-longest play of the season for Dallas. Rookie CeeDee Lamb scored both through the air and on the ground finishing with three catches for 65 yards and one carry for 19 yards.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott made his return after missing last week’s game, rushing for 105 yards on 19 carries. On the day, the offense rolled up 513 yards and 22 first downs.

Defensively, a unit that’s ranked at or near the bottom in every category came up with three turnovers and three sacks led by Gregory. He finished tied for second in tackles with six and led in sacks with one and a half. On top of that, he provided constant pressure making life tough for Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts was picked off twice, once by Anthony Brown in the end zone and by Trevon Diggs at the end of the game. This was Brown’s second pick of the year. Both of Gregory’s sacks resulted in fumbles, with the first one recovered by Philly and the second one by Jaylon Smith. Smith led with 11 tackles while Jourdan Lewis registered the final sack. Another notable play was that of fourth-round pick Reggie Robinson II out of Tulsa. He laid a hit on Eagles return man Boston Scott forcing his first fumble.

Philly jumped out to a quick start striking first on a four-yard Miles Sanders run. After the first of three Greg Zuerlein field goals, Hurts hit a wide-open Desean Jackson for an 81-yard score giving the Eagles a 14-3 lead after one. However, it was Dallas who reeled off 17 points in the second, 14 from Gallup, and three from Zuerlein, taking a 20-17 lead in the half. Dallas opened the second half, one in which they outscored Philly 17-0, with a 52 yard Dalton to Lambs strike. Zuerlein nailed his third field goal extending Dallas’s lead to 13 after three. The lone score in the fourth came with 1:53 left when Lamb took a fly sweep 19-yards to the house.

Dallas needs this same Philly team to beat Washington next week while they must handle business on the road against the New York Giants.

Jonathan Goudeau

Mass communications student at UCO. Rose State College graduate. Aspiring sports writer with a focus in basketball and football. The National Association of Black Journalists member. Writer for thesuavereport.com

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