It was the biggest game of the season. No excuses, no second chances. If the Eagles were to keep their postseason dream alive, they simply had to come away with a win…and they did exactly that. Here’s everything you need to know from the 17-9 victory.
Dallas Goedert has a history of magically appearing and dominating against the team he shares a name with and that didn’t change today. Goedert received for 91 yards and an emphatic redzone touchdown in a game where Zach Ertz missed a large chunk due to a rib injury.
There was a phase when all traffic went through the SDSU product and that was all the offense needed. Goedert stepped up when the Eagles needed him most and he should be commended for that.
The Cowboys endured six drops today, but more worryingly, Dak Prescott missed wide-open targets again and again. If there was a healthy quarterback who was semi-competent, this game would’ve likely been a lot tenser. The Eagles defense got away with murder on several occasions today and they’ll have to tighten up by the time the postseason arrives.
In more positive news though, they didn’t allow a single receiving touchdown and held Amari Cooper to 24-yards on 4 receptions. You love to see it.
Another clutch play by the University of Washington product? Yes please!
Jones batted away a late pass destined for the hands of Michael Gallup that would’ve brought the Cowboys within an inch of tying the game. The young cornerback has made a flurry of explosive plays during his sporadic snaps on defense in a season of huge highs and worrying lows.
Maybe the experiment isn’t over yet…
Wentz came alive in the lights
Completing 31/40 passes for 319 yards and a touchdown with 0 INT’s, Wentz was absolutely surgical considering the amount of injuries that have ravaged the offense. In comparison to last week’s performance, Wentz was outstanding. There was a slight fumble concern but if we put that aside, Wentz shared the ball around to EIGHT playmakers…somehow. Seriously, this was one of his soundest games in a long time and in comparison to whatever Dak Prescott was trying to do, it should make Eagles fans feel very lucky that Wentz is their guy for the long-term future.
Sanders gets better every week
The rookie running back had 77 receiving yards and 79 rushing yards on 20 carries. This is a huge workload for a running back, but Sanders is genuinely getting better and better as the weeks go by. His patience and vision seem to enhance with each carry and this has to be applauded. Losing Jordan Howard was thought to take the wind out of the offensive sails, but Sanders’ breakout has nullified that loss.
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