There’s no point in fibbing. The Dallas Cowboys showed us something! In the end, however, the better team won. Everything seemed to be going the Philadelphia Eagles‘ way for most of the first half. They took a 20-0 lead, but Dallas came roaring back, scoring 17 straight points to close the margin to three points.
Based on the situation alone, that 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to stretch the lead back to nine points might be even more impressive than the go-ahead drive the Eagles orchestrated versus the Cardinals in Week 5.
Let’s hand out a few game balls following the Eagles’ sixth win in as many games.
After a ton of trash talk and some back and forth, the Birds win, and they improve to 6-0. And while we’re on the subject, has anyone seen DeMarcus Lawrence? As usual, he had much to say. As usual, despite some pretty bold statements, he had little to do with the result of an Eagles/Cowboys clash.
Sure, he had seven tackles. Six of them were of the solo variety, but he had no sacks. We’d expect more from someone who seemed to all but guarantee in the days leading up to the game that he and his defensive teammates would have a field day versus Jalen Hurts.
When these two teams meet on Christmas Eve, we doubt Lawrence will have much to say. Then again, this is DeMarcus Lawrence. Of course, he’ll be chirping. With that being said, let’s hand out some game balls.
Jonathan Gannon, defensive coordinator
Hey, we’ve given this guy a hard time when he’s failed (and rightfully so). We have to tip the cap when he deserves that too. Jonathan Gannon had his unit ready to play. He put his guys in a position to make plays. More often than not, they came through.
Philly’s defense created three extra possessions in the first half with a turnover on downs and two interceptions. They forced three turnovers in total. It wasn’t perfect, but they stepped up to the plate when they absolutely had to.
Darius Slay, cornerback/C.J. Gardner Johnson, safety
C.J. Gardner Johnson‘s tip-drill interception and Darius ‘Big Play’ Slay’s pick led to ten points. All that you can ask of your stars is to make plays, and Philadelphia’s defense most certainly did that.
Toss two game balls to Slay and C.J. The latter wound up with two picks on the night. The second was assisted by Brandon Graham.
B.G. made contact with Cooper Rush to force an errant throw, one that could have resulted in a TD throw to CeeDee Lamb as opposed to an interception by C.J.G.J.
Miles Sanders, running back
Miles Sanders has been impressive all season when given an opportunity. He’s more decisive with the ball in his hands, often showing patience and allowing his blocks to develop before picking his way upfield.
He closed this one with 69 yards rushing on 17 totes and the Eagles’ first TD of the evening. That’s a 4.1 yards-per-carry average for you quick math studies out there.
Jake Elliott, kicker
Welcome back Jake Elliott! After missing Week 6’s game because of an injury, Number 4 returned and made both of his field goal attempts. One was from 51 yards out. He was also perfect on both of his extra-point attempts. The Eagles may not have won this one without him.
Jalen Hurts, quarterback
As is normally the case, you can’t ask for much more than what we got from Jalen Hurts. Hopefully, you didn’t take the over on his projected passing yards total, but wins are more important.
We’re all smiles this way, but if you want the numbers, here they are. Jalen completed 15 of his 25 pass attempts resulting in 155 yards through the air and two touchdown passes. He tacked on another 27 yards on nine rushing attempts. Most importantly, QB1 protected the ball and didn’t turn it over.