Cowboys Take Down Eagles in 37-10 Blowout
ARLINGTON - With the entire nation watching in primetime on NBC, the Dallas Cowboys desperately needed a win on Sunday night, not only to take singular control of first place in the NFC East but to clear the air around surrounding their troubled three-game losing stretch.
Led by Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and a thoroughly dominant defensive performance, Dallas did exactly that, blowing out the Eagles by a mark of 37-10, and taking back control of their own destiny in the process.
In perhaps the most complete game they have played all season, Dallas emphatically beat the Eagles in all phases of the game. From offense to defense, down to special teams, it was a truly dominating performance.
As a team, the Cowboys accumulated 402 yards of offense (213 in the air and 189 on the ground), and held their counterparts on the other side to just 283 total yards of their own. Dallas also forced four turnovers, including three fumbles, and sacked Carson Wentz three times.
Dak Prescott was perhaps the most impressive of the bunch, completing 21-27 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown, and running for another score. Not to be outdone, Elliott added 22 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown, while Tavon Austin added a 20-yard running score of his own.
Amari Cooper, who was questionable coming into the game with a thigh injury, looked just fine on Sunday, catching five passes on five targets for 106 yards.
Defensively, Dallas played in the kind of dominant fashion that many thought they were capable of coming into the season. Robert Quinn and DeMarcus Lawrence each recorded a sack of their own, with the latter also causing a Wentz fumble in the act.
Jourdan Lewis also added a sack from his slot corner position, while Sean Lee tied for the team lead with Jaylon Smith and Jeff Heath with seven tackles. It was also Lee who put the exclamation point on the dominant defensive outing with a near interception of Wentz on fourth down in the Dallas red zone, ending the final Eagles threat of the night.
Following the win, the once-again NFC East-leading Cowboys will head into the bye week with a 4-3 record, and a firm leg up in the division over the Eagles, who head into a four-game gauntlet beginning next week with the Buffalo Bills.
Dallas will return to action in Week 9 on Monday Night Football when they travel to New York to take on the Giants on yet another primetime stage.