Once again the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles provided a spectacular game for the fans. This one was a classic with the Cowboys winning 29-23 in overtime to improve their record to an NFC best 6-1. This game will go down as one of the best of the season that featured great offense and defense from both teams.
Before the comeback in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys struggled to convert when given great opportunities. At the end of the first half, Dallas had a good chance to score in the red zone. Dak Prescott threw a poor pass to Brice Butler in triple coverage that was intercepted by Jordan Hicks leading to the Eagles kicking a field goal to take a 13-10 lead going into halftime.
Another instance where the offense struggled was when the Cowboys’ defense was able to force a fumble on rookie Wendell Smallwood and recover it at the Eagles’ 36 yard line. The offense was put in a great position to score but only managed five yards and had to settle for a field goal.
Let’s get to the positive stuff: the Cowboys defense, led by defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, has played great all season and this game was no difference. Although they allowed 23 points, they held Carson Wentz and the Eagles’ offense to zero points in the fourth quarter and overtime. The defense deserves just as much, if not more, credit than the offense at this point in the season.
Sean Lee is healthy and playing like one of the best linebackers in the league. He finished this game with 11 tackles, 2 for a loss and got the initial pressure on Carson Wentz that led to him being sacked late in the fourth quarter. Lee is playing the best football of his career and it is great to see for Cowboys’ fans.
The Cowboys defense has played great all year, but they might take a step back with injuries to Barry Church and Morris Claiborne. Church suffered a fractured forearm while Claiborne sustained a possible sports hernia injury in the fourth quarter. Both players are set to undergo more test this week, but it might be wise to just rest them either way for the upcoming game as the Cowboys play the struggling Cleveland Browns.
The offense had some low points but also had some very high points. I already mentioned the low points of the game, but those points were overshadowed by the great execution of the Cowboys’ offense in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Although Ezekiel Elliott did not have a touchdown, he proved once again why he was worthy of the fourth overall pick. The Eagles’ run defense is one of the best in the league and Elliott proved that he is unfazed by a great defense. He ran for 96 yards on 22 carries and excelled in the receiving game catching four balls for 52 yards. He could have had a lot more yards if his 63 yard run was not called back due to a holding call on Travis Frederick in the fourth quarter.
Dez Bryant came back at the right time for the Cowboys as they went up against a great defense. Bryant was targeted an astonishing 14 times but was only able to catch four of them as most of the balls were overthrown or under thrown by Prescott. Although only catching 4 passes, he managed to have 113 receiving yards that included a beautiful 53 yard catch.
His best play of the game came at the end of the fourth quarter when the Cowboys needed their star receiver the most. Bryant caught a perfectly thrown ball from Prescott in the end zone. The ball was thrown to where only Bryant could make a play on it, and sure enough he did.
Here is the amazing touchdown grab:
I think it is safe to say Dak Prescott is the future of the Dallas Cowboys. What can’t this guy do? His ability to create plays with his feet and his poise in the pocket remind me a lot of Russell Wilson.
Besides Prescott’s 7 yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, he didn’t play great through the first three quarters. I already mentioned the interception he threw in the first half that seemed to have brought him down to earth. The struggles continued for Prescott and the Cowboys in the third quarter as they were held to only three points while the Eagles scored 10, giving them a 23-13 lead going into the fourth.
Prescott struggled for most of the game, but when the Cowboys needed him the most, he channeled his inner Tony Romo and made clutch plays. The Cowboys scored a field goal at the beginning of the fourth quarter making it a 23-16 game.
Prescott’s second best play of the game came when Dallas marched 90 yards down the field in three minutes to score a touchdown. As I said before, he threw a perfectly thrown ball to Dez Bryant for a 22 yard touchdown to tie the game at 23 taking the game to overtime.
Prescott made the play of the year so far for the Cowboys on his touchdown pass to win the game in overtime. He created enough time for his receivers to get open, and sure enough ole’ reliable Jason Witten was wide open in the end zone. This game added another chapter to the amazing start Dak Prescott is having to begin his NFL career.
Here is the play that blew up Twitter:
He finished the game completing 19 of 39 passes for two touchdowns and one interception while rushing seven times for 38 yards and a touchdown. I can not say enough about Dak Prescott and what he has done for this football team in the absence of Tony Romo.
I want to give some credit to Jason Witten and what he means to the Dallas Cowboys. The 14 year veteran has started a Cowboys’ record 204 out of 214 games and in those games he has 1,050 catches for 11,505 yards and 61 touchdowns. He is truly a class act and is a Dallas Cowboys and NFL legend.
With Prescott already penciled in as the starter for week 9, the Cowboys look to win their seventh straight game this weekend as they travel to Cleveland to take on the 0-8 Browns.