That was ugly, and pathetic, and any other word you want to describe how badly the Dallas Cowboys got beat down by the Philadelphia Eagles. After keeping it close for 30 minutes of football, the Eagles dominated the Cowboys in the second half, outscoring them 30-0.
It was also the worst game of Dak Prescott’s young career. He threw three interceptions, lost one fumble and was very poor throwing the ball. Prescott had opportunities to move the ball but his throws often sailed and he refused to use his legs when he had the chance. It was a puzzling performance from Dak.
Prescott wasn’t alone though, the entire team was taken behind the woodshed after halftime and it was the second consecutive performance that has many calling for the firing of Jason Garrett. After this game, it seems like a reasonable request.
Garrett and the coaching staff got blown out of the water in the second half, which has been a common theme this season. To continue to play Anthony Brown, who opponents are successfully targeting in mass quantities, is a joke. Brown has regressed in his second season and continues to give up big plays all over the field. It’s time to find a new spot for Brown, on the bench, or at least give him help.
The Eagles also schemed to take advantage of David Irving’s quickness by running right past him and manhandling the Cowboys’ linebackers. It rang even truer today, just as it did in the losses to the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, no Sean Lee, no chance on defense. The Eagles ran for 215 yards and Dallas’ tackling was horrendous on the night.
We knew something would have to change for the Cowboys’ offense after witnessing what happened last week without Tyron Smith, but the adjustment was short lived. Helping out new left tackle Byron Bell was a good idea and the running game worked well, however, the short passing game and quick reads left the offense a shell of itself. Philadelphia’s defense knew the Cowboys couldn’t throw the ball more than a few yards down the field and put on a tackling display. Prescott never got comfortable with the quick throws and struggled all night long.
And yet, Dallas still had a shot in this game. Ryan Switzer took the opening kickoff into Philadelphia territory, but the Cowboys settled for a field goal. To win a game like this, you have to take advantage of those types of big plays. Instead, they played conservative football and kick field goals against a team that averages over 30 points per game. Settling for three points in a game like this will get you beat, every, damn, time.
The Cowboys just couldn’t capitalize on their chances: Brown drops an easy interception, the defense couldn’t tackle Carson Wentz in the backfield and they never played aggressive football when the game was in doubt. Make a play or two more, and maybe the outcome is different.
Dallas is now 5-5 and any goodwill they built up after winning three straight games is gone. This team isn’t strong enough to withstand the losses of Tyron Smith, Sean Lee and Ezekiel Elliott. It’s a completely different team without them.
There should be no more talk of the playoffs for the Dallas Cowboys, this team is headed in the wrong direction. There’s time to change the season, but there is no evidence they can. Bad just went to worse for the Cowboys and their season is on the line every single week now.
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