The Philadelphia Eagles struggle early despite the impressive opener.
This game was probably the messiest the Philadelphia Eagles played this season. Heading into the final quarter, the Eagles were only down by four points, and they were given multiple opportunities to win.
Philadelphia’s flaws were exposed versus a team that had more talent. Despite this, the Eagles defense held a future playoff team to a touchdown for the first three quarters and sustained multiple drives of ten or more plays while doing so.
Once fatigue set in during the fourth quarter, they still managed to hold the San Francisco 49ers to ten points down the stretch, keeping the Birds in the game for the full sixty minutes before, ultimately suffering a six-point defeat. Grade: C-
This was one of those games where Hurts was exposed as raw and undeveloped. The Eagles walked into Arlington with a .500 record and were expected to compete with a Dallas Cowboys team with the same win-loss total.
Philly’s secondary was gashed. There were underthrows by Hurts, and the Eagles (the NFL’s most penalized team in the league at that point), were annihilated by Dallas in a game they never had a realistic shot at winning.
Another loss added fuel to a raging fire about how talented Hurts was and what Johnathan Gannon could do to bounce back from a poor defensive game. Grade: F