Philadelphia, PA - The Philadelphia Eagles improved to 3-4-1 after a win against the Dallas Cowboys, but even with a win, there’s still much cause for concern. The Eagles entered as favorites on Sunday night at home, primarily because of Dallas’s well-documented struggles.
The Cowboys were riding back-to-back blowout losses to Washington and Arizona and were also starting their third-string quarterback. There were a lot of reasons why Dallas should have been blown out, yet the Eagles trailed at half-time and looked wholly unimpressive during an ugly 23-9 victory.
Eagles Move Into Bye Week
Many fingers will be pointed at Carson Wentz, who turned in a 2 touchdown, 2 interception performance, with just 123 passing yards. The two interceptions derailed would-be scoring drives and added to his league-leading 12 interceptions on the season. That being said, he’s really not being helped much by the play calling. The 2-point conversion attempts are just getting out of hand. Head Coach Doug Pederson just keeps calling them and keeps failing them. QB runs, with Wentz or with the faster Jalen Hurts, just do not work. Run with a running back. Throw a fade, a slant pattern, anything but these quarterback runs. We already saw the play-calling woes cost the Eagles a game against the Ravens, and it likely will again if the Eagles can’t find a short-yardage play that works.
The defense turned in a good performance and shut down Ezekiel Elliott after he had a strong start. Ben DiNucci, the 7th-round quarterback, looked like what you’d expect: check-downs and running for his life.
The Eagles get to enjoy a bye week which will hopefully allow their team to get healthier before a rematch with the New York Giants. That game will give the Eagles a chance to really build a lead in the NFC East, and with the upcoming schedule, they certainly will need one. The next 5 games after New York? The Browns, Seahawks, Packers, Saints, Cardinals. A combined record of 28-10. My oh my.
For now, the Eagles can celebrate a win, but there is a lot of work to be done for this team.
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