Philadelphia Eagles find hope while Dallas has a crisis: NFC East rankings

Andy Dalton (Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
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2-3. Previous: 2nd. Dallas Cowboys. 1. team. 123.

Let’s see how long the Philadelphia Eagles stay away from the top spot.

The Dallas Cowboys suffered a devastating loss when quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a compound ankle fracture. Even though ‘Big-D’ will always be the Eagles rivals until the end of time, there’s no pleasure in seeing guys get hurt, especially when they sustain the kind of injury that keeps them off of the field for months.

Having said that, the show must go on and everyone must readjust. That’s precisely what the Cowboys did once Prescott left the field and Andy Dalton took over. That means there’s a significant drop-off in talent for the Cowboys at the quarterback position, but the former Cincinnati Bengals signal-caller led the Cowboys to their second win of the season.

The Cowboys’ offense and defense hung 37 points on the Giants. Dalton completed nine of 11 passes for 111 yards, tossed zero touchdowns, and threw no interceptions.  Throwing to a superb wide receiver corps definitely helped Dalton and should moving forward. Amari Cooper finished the night with just two receptions for 24 passes, but rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb had his second 100-yard game of the season and hauled in eight passes for 124 yards.

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The Cowboys have more than their fair share of flaws. Their offensive line is just a shadow of its former self and is lost left tackle Tyron Smith for the year. The defense showed it can create turnovers but also allows opposing offenses to score at ease. All in all, they have enough skill players, at least on paper, to score. Dalton’s performance will be the difference between winning more games or losing them.