State of the NFC East: Giants rise as Eagles remain in the penthouse

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Dak returns, but the Cowboys’ offensive attack is still a work in progress.

Dallas has split its last two games, losing to the Eagles in Week 6 and taking care of the Detroit Lions in Week 7. 24-6 was the final score of their most recent game, but the final tally isn’t indicative of what we witnessed. This is a game, by all accounts that Dallas could have lost.

At one point in the fourth quarter, Dallas’s lead was only four points. This was supposed to be Dak Prescott’s big return, but the offense looked horrible in the first half, punting three times and fumbling to slam the door shut on what had been a seven-play, 72-yard drive.

Dallas’s offense saw two drives result in negative yardage. Another only produced seven yards. Three drives went three and out. Things picked up some in the second half, but as has been the case all season, it was the defense that deserves the credit for this win.

The Cowboys’ defenders rattled Jared Goff. He threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles. Lions running back Jamaal Williams fumbled as well, coughing up the ball within inches of the goal line to kill a drive that should have ended with seven points.

Dak and the rest of the Cowboys’ offense look to show more progress in Week 8. They take on the Chicago Bears, but by the looks of things, this is a Bears team that might be able to frustrate that vaunted Dallas defense.