Three takeaways from the Cowboys' win over the Eagles

Three takeaways from the Cowboys' win over the Eagles

It’s a heated, bitter rivalry that even the newest additions to the squads know about. So, naturally, in a game pitting two notorious foes against each other, it would come down to the final minutes, seconds even.

It was anyone’s game for the taking as the Eagles hosted the Cowboys for “Sunday Night Football” at Lincoln Financial Field. Dallas entered the contest at a meager 3-5 and Philadelphia just reached .500 (4-4) before its bye week. But, it was the Cowboys that came away with a 27-20 victory.

Behind the efforts of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas picked up its first road win of the season — that and more from the Cowboys’ Week 10 win.

Feed Ezekiel Elliott

In recent weeks, Elliott has been … not great. In three of the past four games, he had averaged less than 3.6 yards per carry.

That changed versus the Eagles.

Yes, Philadelphia is playing with a depleted defensive unit  — missing its Week 1 starters on the outside corners, in its nickle position and safety. But, the performance from Elliott was a vintage outing as he led the team with 151 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, including this long dash.

It was the fifth time in Elliot’s career that he rushed for 150-plus yards, the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2016. He also had 36 yards receiving and a score on six receptions. It’s his third game against the Eagles with over 141 scrimmage yards.

The Eagles needed a talent like Elliott

There is no lack of talent on Philadelphia’s offense. The Eagles have Carson Wentz under center, Zach Ertz at tight end and now have added Pro Bowl receiver Golden Tate to their roster. 

But the Eagles’ backfield is obviously hurting. Jay Ajayi (torn ACL) is out for the year. The versatile and ageless veteran Darren Sproles is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.

Philadelphia struggled to convert on third down, only moving the chains on four of 10 attempts, and that was due to the team’s inability to dish the ball to a rusher. The Eagles’ leading ball carrier was Josh Adams, who finished with 47 yards on seven carries. The next man up was Corey Clement (13 yards). 

Despite the loss, several offensive stars had great performances. Wentz threw for a season-high 360 yards on 32-of-44 passing, with two touchdowns and only one interception, and Ertz led all receivers with 145 yards and two touchdowns on 14 receptions. 

But the offense needed help from the backfield.

Golden Tate, Amari Cooper adjusting to their new teams

Last week, the Cowboys showcased their newest receiver , Amari Cooper. In his Dallas debut, Cooper had a so-so game, but nonetheless brought talent and another big name to the team’s offense.

This time around it was the Eagles who touted their newest addition to the receiving corps. Tate played his first game in Philadelphia colors, and similar to Cooper, had a so-so showing in his debut, finishing with just 19 yards on two receptions. 

No, it certainly didn’t help that Tate didn’t have much time with the team and the fact the game came down to the wire, which favored the veteran Eagles. Tate will have no shortage of highlights from connections with Wentz in the near future — like this one Cooper had for the Cowboys.

 Cooper continued his Dallas campaign with a 75-yard night to lead the Cowboys’ offense.