Sunday night wrapup: Cowboys take over first place as Eagles are all talk

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It’s a good thing Doug Pederson’s guarantee wasn’t a “guarantee” since his Eagles failed to deliver.

Pederson said on the radio Monday morning that the Eagles are “going down to Dallas, and our guys are gonna be ready to play, and we’re gonna win that football game, and when we do, we’re in first place in the NFC East.” Pederson later insisted it wasn’t a guarantee but rather a show of confidence in his team.

His confidence in returning to Philadelphia in first place in the NFC East was misplaced as the Eagles were a no-show Sunday. The Eagles return home in second place with a losing record (3-4).

The Cowboys beat the Eagles in every phase, regaining sole possession of first place in the NFC East and ending their three-game losing streak with a dominating 37-10 win that wasn’t that close.

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who advised Peterson to stay on the sideline, had four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

The Cowboys had 402 yards to the Eagles’ 281. They led 14-0 in the first six minutes and 27-7 at halftime, rolling to an easy win.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. No NFC East team has repeated as division champion since the Eagles did it in 2003-04, but the Cowboys are on their way.

Despite their 4-3 record, the Cowboys have beaten every team in the division convincingly.

They opened the season with a 35-17 victory over the Giants and had a 31-21 win at Washington in Week Two. That’s a cumulative 103-48 over division opponents.

The Cowboys have a bye in Week Eight before traveling to the Giants.

Dallas won the NFC East last season with a 10-6 record.

2. Brett Maher is money beyond 50 yards.

The Cowboys kicker has seemed shaky at times inside of 50 yards, going 7-of-12 in his career from 40-49 yards and 8-of-11 from 30-39 yards. His 33-yard miss with 1:41 left two weeks in a loss to the Packers ended any hope of a comeback.

But Maher now is 9-of-12 from 50-plus yards in his two seasons.

He kicked a 62-yarder last season and a 62-yarder against the Jets last week. He made a 63-yarder on the final play of the first half Sunday. He was 1 yard from tying the NFL record for the longest field goal in history.

Maher now is the first kicker in NFL history with three field goals of 60 or more yards.

3. The Eagles need more from Carson Wentz.

The Eagles gave the former No. 2 overall pick a four-year, $128 million extension this summer. He has not lived up to the contract yet.

He entered Sunday night with a 94.3 passer rating, which ranked 19th in the league behind the likes of Mason Rudolph, Kyle Allen, Gardner Minshew and Case Keenum.

Wentz lost a fumble in the first quarter, which put the Eagles in a hole, and he threw an interception and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter. He can’t turn it over three times and expect the Eagles to win.

He went 16-of-26 for 191 yards.

For the Eagles to get where they want to go, Wentz has to play better.

4. Jason Garrett’s job is safe, likely for the rest of the season.

The game against the Eagles came at the right time for the Cowboys coach, who now has a 5-2 record against Doug Pederson. (One of Pederson’s victories was a meaningless game for the Cowboys in Week 17 of the 2016 season when most of their best players either didn’t play or didn’t play much ahead of the postseason.)

Garrett, though, was on the hot seat this week no matter how many times Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones said Garrett’s job was safe for this season. The Cowboys have a bye in Week Eight, so a fourth consecutive loss certainly would have given ownership cause to at least consider a change to defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard.

The Cowboys saved Garrett’s job not only for this week but likely for the rest of the year.

Garrett, though, is in the final year of his contract and probably needs playoff success to ensure a return in 2020.

5. The Cowboys will win most games that Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott play like they did Sunday.

Prescott passed for 239 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score. Elliott had 28 touches for 147 yards and a touchdown, including 111 rushing yards. Cooper, who played only three snaps against the Jets because of a quad injury, caught five passes for 106 yards.

The Cowboys’ star players played like star players. The Eagles didn’t.

55 responses to “Sunday night wrapup: Cowboys take over first place as Eagles are all talk

  1. Both teams are so bipolar. Hard to know what any of it really means. Dallas wins 3 in a row, loses 3 in a row, and one to the Jets. Eagles win some, lose some, beat Green Bay in Green Bay. I’d be willing to bet that this division race wont be decided til late in the season. Dallas sure looked dominant tonight, however. Congrats on a big win.

  2. Let’s not forget the Cowboys were beaten by the Jets last week. What does that say about how bad the Eagles are?

  3. I understand Eagles fans who choose their guy in the Wentz v Dak debate, after all he’s their guy, but any Eagles fan who argues that it isn’t even close because Wentz is far superior is a fan who shows that they are no longer to be taken serious in this debate.

  4. Diehard Cowboy’s fan but didn’t see this coming. Philly is still a good team and there’s still more football to play including 1 more between Dallas and Philly so too soon to talk trash. Nobody will remember this game once we hit weeks 14-17.

  5. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    October 20, 2019 at 11:26 pm
    Let me tell ya something folks…2017 Wentz ain’t walkin thru that door…

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    While far from the only problem, it is the biggest problem. He’s playing way to uptight. He tries to high point every throw when alot of the times it would benefit the receiver to just lead him so he could run after the catch. He’s playing scared.

    Pederson also needs to figure out how to get receivers open. Maybe it’s just that Philly’s dbacks are that bad but a couple times every drive an opposing WR is wide open for the easy completion. I don’t know if the Eagles WR aren’t getting open or if Wentz just isn’t seeing them. It’s either the game planning or the execution and i am in favor of the offense being executed.

    It’s sad to say that with 54 minutes left in the game, the Cowboys had scored all the points they would need.

    I’m not blaming the defense on this one, this loss was squarely on the offense.

    Also, always take the ball in the second half if given a choice, don’t be a moron.

  6. Here’s your sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer, Wentz fans.

    Make all the excuses you want, but winners find ways to win and losers find ways to lose. We all know which category he falls under, because the winner at QB already left the building.

  7. I am not defending Wentz because he certainly needs to play better, but if any team in the NFL has the injuries the eagles are dealing with right now they get beat as well. Hell Dallas had some of those injuries last week and lost to the Jets. The freaking Jets! Shame I would have liked to see what this eagles team would have been if they didn’t lose so many key pieces early. But now I think it’s time to blow it up and start the rebuild. I can take getting beat by a better team (and Dallas most certainly is a better team) but I cannot take lake of effort and lack of hustle. Send a message and cut Agholor tomorrow.

  8. Not defending Wentz here because he needs to be better but if any team had the injuries the eagles have they would lose as well. Hell Dallas had some of them last week and lost to the Jets. The freaking Jets!!! Congrats to Dallas they are the better team. Can’t stand the lack of effort and lack of hustle I saw from this eagles team tonight. Time to start the rebuild. Cut Agholor tomorrow. Send a message

  9. Wentz is 8-10 since coming back from the ACL. He’s already 27 years old. I think this is what Wentz is, pretty mediocre.

  10. The way Wentz plays is strange to me. He never looks comfortable and rarely pushes the ball downfield. I know the protection wasn’t great tonight but it feels like he has the weapons to be doing more than he is. I’m starting to doubt this guy is the legit franchise qb he’s made out to be.

  11. First he got in Dak’s face. That cheap shot against Zeke on Prescott’s TD run didn’t go unnoticed. Jenkins has lost more than a step. He can’t cover and he’s not intimidating.

  12. sabi52 exactly. Philly had some key injuries this week and that shouldn’t go without mention. Dallas had key injuries last week as well and that shouldn’t go without mention either. Don’t get me wrong I’m thrilled about this win and feel Philly still had enough playmakers on offense (Wentz, Jeffery, Agholor, Ertz, Goedert) to make more a game of it so Dallas should be credited with beating a good team. Not an expert analyst but I think Wentz is still dealing with the ghost of Nick Foles and in his own head about trying to prove Philly kept the right QB.

  13. You guy are clueless. Wentz is lightyears better than dak

    But the Eagles can NEVER stay healthy EVER. I would LOVE just once for the Eagles to play Dallas when they are healthy. Just freaking once.

  14. Eagles were way over rated. The cowboys were under rated. Ya they are the kinds of their div thats for sure. Easy peasy from here on out

  15. Wentz is far superior to Dak and its not even close. That being said Dak was far better than Wentz today but if that is your metric then Lamar Jackson is also better than Russel Wilson.

  16. sabi52 says:
    October 20, 2019 at 11:57 pm
    I am not defending Wentz because he certainly needs to play better, but if any team in the NFL has the injuries the eagles are dealing with right now they get beat as well. Hell Dallas had some of those injuries last week and lost to the Jets. The freaking Jets! Shame I would have liked to see what this eagles team would have been if they didn’t lose so many key pieces early. But now I think it’s time to blow it up and start the rebuild. I can take getting beat by a better team (and Dallas most certainly is a better team) but I cannot take lake of effort and lack of hustle. Send a message and cut Agholor tomorrow.

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    Foles won with the same injuries and Wentz went 5-6 last year also foles won with same team

  17. Say what you want about the loss to the Jets. Not many teams can lose the number of starters, including both starting tackles and receiver, and still play well. Not surprisingly, they got several players back and played like they did earlier in the season.

  18. The point on injuries has some validity. When you make one or two or more of your players highest paid in the league, there is not enough money for depth or injury.

  19. whenwilliteverend says:
    October 20, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Let’s not forget the Cowboys were beaten by the Jets last week. What does that say about how bad the Eagles are?
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    And the Eagles beat the Jets pretty convincingly too. Welcome to 2019.

    The Eagles are just overrated, when healthy they have that pop you look for when you see a contender. But I havent seen that pop this year, and it barely flashed last year. The Cowboys on the other hand, showed that in this game only, and will need to compete like this every week if anyone is going to take them seriously. In short, the entire division is terrible and being 1 game up and in first place is like getting a participation trophy for showing up.

  20. Good win for the Cowboys, but they seemed to be making some foolish decisions when they were up big. Forcing the ball downfield into tight coverage when run the ball and punt seemed like a much better strategy. What’s up with that?

  21. Carson Wentz since 2016 3 out of 4 losing seasons zero playoff wins Wentz 6-20 vs teams over 500 Wentz is a cancer same eagles team has won 5 playoff games with foles in the same span and is 11-2 in last 13 games with foles team doesn’t play for Wentz he’s a cancer

  22. I sat back and watched how things unfolded in that Cowgirls game and now the Eagles are looking like lunch to me. Should be interesting come next week in Buffalo

  23. Whatever happened to that “Doug Pederson is the smartest bestest NFL coach in history” guy? I miss him.

  24. I was shocked during the player intros during SNF last night to see that PFF had Wentz ranked as the 2nd best QB this season. Thought that was ludicrous, and it looks ludicrous after last night.

  25. So what? This is the NFC East we’re talking about. None of these teams will be relevant come the playoffs..

  26. bluebongzilla says:
    October 21, 2019 at 9:12 am
    WENTZ > DAK

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    Based on what?

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    Postseason success? Percentage wins against teams with winning records?

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