Remember when debating Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott as the better quarterback was a thing?
Well, let’s just put that talk to bed for good.
Dak Prescott looked mediocre and average against the team’s defense, connecting on just 18 of 31 passes for only 145 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble. Prescott turned the ball over four times, and wasn’t able to do anything to get his offense going in a critical game for his team.
On the other side, Carson Wentz continues to make some incredible throws. Despite a slow start, Wentz picked things up in the second half. The numbers (168 passing yards) don’t jump off of the page, but some of the throws Wentz made were just off of the charts. Several times with Dallas defenders closing in on him, Wentz was able to hang in there and deliver strikes to his wideouts, including a big throw to Alshon Jeffery on a third down in the second half that kept a drive alive that led to a touchdown.
Oh, please tell me more about how Prescott is playing without his left tackle, his star running back. Wentz has played without Jason Peters for over a month, and hasn’t missed a beat.
To me, the true mark of a great quarterback is whether or not they’re able to make the other guys around them better. Aaron Rodgers does this for Green Bay. Drew Brees does this for New Orleans. Tom Brady does it for New England. Carson Wentz is doing that for Philadelphia.
Dak Prescott is not doing that for the Dallas Cowboys. He’s never been in sync with his best aerial weapon, Dez Bryant. He hasn’t adjusted well to life without Ezekial Elliot. Dak looks like he’s just a guy to me.
- You have to love how the run game is operating right now. Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement, and even Kenjon Barner are all involved in the offense, and all are very effective.
- Ajayi, Blount, and Clement each had a minimum of six touches.
- Clement’s knack for finding the endzone has really been impressive. Clement added a rushing touchdown tonight, giving him six total scores for the year, and also got in on a two-point conversion.
- Ajayi’s 71-yard run in the third quarter was probably the play that really took the Cowboys out of this game mentally. After setting up another touchdown, Dallas likely already conceded that they weren’t coming back tonight.
- The offensive line was tremendous tonight. They did a superb job blocking for the running backs, and shutdown the Dallas pass rush.
- With his touchdown tonight, Alshon Jeffery has found the endzone in three straight games.
- Torrey Smith got himself on the stat sheet tonight with three grabs for 28 yards and a touchdown, his first since the Arizona game.
- Brent Celek came down with a key 28-yard catch-and-run on a third down in the second half.
- Just two catches for eight yards for Zach Ertz tonight.
- The defense deserves a tremendous amount of credit for keeping the team in the game while the offense started slowly in the first half. Jim Schwartz’s group held Dallas to three field goals in the first half, and kept them off of the scoreboard in the second half entirely.
- Ronald Darby made his return to the lineup, and played a strong game, with eight tackles, an interception, and broke up a pass in the endzone intended for Dez Bryant. What a boost for this defense to get a corner of his caliber for the stretch run.
- Big game for Derek Barnett, who recorded two sacks, and forced a fumble which Nigel Bradham scooped and scored on.
- Brandon Graham and Tim Jernigan each also recorded sacks.
- The Eagles’ run defense did struggle a bit with Alfred Morris tonight, who picked up 91 yards on 17 carries.
- Jake Elliot was injured early in the game, leading to Kamu Grugier-Hill handling kickoffs, and he wasn’t half bad at it.
One of the biggest downfalls of Andy Reid as a head coach was that he rarely made in-game adjustments after his teams would come flat to start again.
Thankfully, Reid’s disciple Doug Pederson does not seem to share that flaw.
The Eagles struggled offensively through the first half in Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. After their opening drive which resulted in a touchdown, the offense went ice cold for the majority of the first half, picking up just first down after the first possession.
However, halftime came, and the Birds came out of the locker room with a renewed commitment to running the football, and Pederson’s offense led the charge for a 30-point second-half rout.
Just sit there and think that in a game of this magnitude, the Dallas Cowboys couldn’t manage a single offensive touchdown against this team.
The Eagles are now 9-1, and have all but wrapped up the NFC East. Now the focus shifts towards securing the top seed in the post season, with key matches against the Seahawks and Rams looming in the next few weeks.