CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 09: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a two point conversion against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Week 10 starts the beginning of the 4 game divisional gauntlet that the Philadelphia Eagles have to go through. With the Eagles currently at 5-3, the outcome of this tough stretch could either make them or break them with regards to the PML playoffs. This week the Eagles faced off against the Dallas Cowboys in a game where they were looking to redeem themselves for their earlier blowout loss this season.
After losing 38-22 in week 2 Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense came up with a game plan to attack the Cowboy defense and force them to win the game without forcing turnovers. This game plan didn’t go exactly as planned, however the defense forced a lot of big stops making up for any turnovers that were given away by Wentz. The Eagles defense forced four Dak Prescott interceptions which set up their offense to do whatever they wanted. This led to the entire team securing the victory with a final score of 45-35.
Carson Wentz had a bad day as a game manager. Wentz threw the ball ineffectively to the tune of only 8 completions, 173 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions on 18 pass attempts. His 8 completions is the lowest he has thrown all season. While Wentz only had two turnovers, he put his team in a position to lose the game instead of winning it. He is a superstar quarterback, being paid as such and his team has high expectations of him. He should be able to easily rally the team at any time and drive down the field. Wentz has been showing all season that maybe this isn’t his team and maybe he doesn’t deserve to be team captain. Even though 8 completions were only made, Keke Coutee made the most of them, securing almost half of them for 103 yards and 2 touchdowns. Miles Sanders continues to prove his dominance as he ran all over the Cowboy defense for the tune of 167 yards and 3 touchdowns on 20 rushing attempts. He broke an astounding 8 tackles in this game. He is proving that he is the one who carries the team, not Wentz.
Even though they gave up 35 points, the Eagles defense proved to be the real stars of the show in this game. They forced Dak Prescott to throw 4 interceptions, which resulted in the real reason they won the game. They let running back Elliott get his yards, however, the Cowboys didn’t stick with Eliott when the time came to score. Elliott ended the game with 187 yards and two touchdowns. He made himself known, but the Cowboys didn’t feed him the ball and it killed them. Fletcher Cox finally broke from his shell and recorded two sacks versus a very good Cowboy offensive line. In the secondary, Avonte Maddox had his best game of the year. Maddox was all over the field intercepting Prescott for 3 interceptions. He made multiple impressive interceptions, including a diving sideline interception. Safety Lecounte had the other interception, increasing his total for the year. He has quietly been developing into a good player after the Eagles picked him up in the second round.
This impressive win brings the Eagles to 6-3. They needed this win badly, as a loss, especially a divisional loss will send them to the bottom of the playoff race. The NFC compared to the AFC has been impressive as a conference this season. At this current point the NFC has multiple winning records that wouldn’t make it into the playoffs. While there’s a lot of football left to play, the NFC East has 4 good teams that are capable of winning the division. This fact combined with the other NFC teams doing well makes it so that the Eagles are almost in must win games all season. Up next the Eagles take on the team that they knocked out of the playoffs last season, The New York Giants. The Giants will be looking at the game as a revenge game, while the Eagles will be hoping for the same result as last season.