Imagine if the Cowboys played, like, a comfortable, predictable, 24-10 game at noon. I always make the mistake of thinking I’ve seen the craziest, stupidest Cowboys game the universe can throw at me. I am also always wrong when I say that.
Where to even begin. Well, it can be on this note: the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 29-23 securing their fifth straight win and putting their record at 8-5. The win also completes a season series sweep of the Eagles, and gives the Cowboys a 99% chance of winning the NFC east. The game had everything you’d hope for in a heated division rivalry. Even Demarcus Lawrence interrupting a rehearsed Philly touchdown celebration. Oh, and Brett Maher set the franchise record for longest field goal as he drilled a 62-yarder to end the first half. No one saw this coming after that Monday night debacle against the Titans putting them at 3-5 in week 8 ago.
4th Quarter and Overtime
After three pretty uneventful, offensively frustrating quarters which saw the Cowboys leading 9-6, everything happened in the fourth. Dak snapped out of whatever we want to call his game up to that point and hit Amari Cooper on two gorgeous passes for scores. The Eagles had an answer for just about everything though, ultimately forcing overtime with a big defensive stand to end the fourth.
The one thing the Eagles couldn’t answer though was the Cowboys lone, game winning drive in overtime, that ended on this note:
Whoever said Amari Cooper wasn’t worth that first round pick is currently eating crow. He finished Sunday with 10 catches for 217 yards and 3 TDs. Over two bills! Further proving his status as the true number one receiver the Cowboys were lacking. The argument can be made that Cooper has saved Dallas’ season. He’s just what the offense needed midway through the season. Something else that I’ve noticed with Cooper too is how he never complains when the targets don’t come his way.
In his six appearances with the Cowboys, Amari Cooper is *averaging* 7 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. His Cowboys tenure to this point: 40 receptions, 642 yards and 6 touchdowns. That’s a guy you lock up long term.
Dak Prescott: A tale of two quarterbacks
In all honesty, it wasn’t a great game for Dak Prescott. He threw several bad passes with his worst resulting in two interceptions. He also lost yet another fumble. With all the good I’m about to preach, Dak’s ball security is still an issue that needs to be addressed. Go freaking figure that the game that looked like Dak’s worst would be the one where he sets a career-high in single-game passing yards and hits two crucial fourth quarter touchdown bombs to Amari Cooper. He finished going 42-54 for 455 yards and 3 touchdowns. It might not always be pretty, but the dude is nails.
Dak came through in the clutch. None of you better say a thing about him. He made his mistakes, some of which were very cringe, but he fought back. That’s what winners do. In the 4th quarter and overtime Dak dropped: 17-20. 243 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions and a 156.9 passer rating.
Entering Sunday, the Cowboys were 1-7 in games where Dak threw more than one interception. Consider that narrative altered.
The Dallas defense is elite and a top five unit in the league, but we already knew that. They continue to establish it at all levels. Not every game is going to be like the New Orleans one for them, just based on the game nowadays. Nonetheless, their good enough to lead Dallas on a potentially deep postseason run. Even with the issues offensively.
Zack Martin’s status
When Zack Martin was seen laying down on the field in pain midway through the fourth, Cowboy Nation likely collectively prayed together. Martin didn’t return to the game and rookie Connor Williams took his place on the left side. Williams looked alright to finish the game, but with the injuries already on the line, Martin’s status is a serious concern. Jerry Jones says he doesn’t think there’s any additional damage to Zack Martin’s knee. Same injury he’s been fighting through for much of the season. Either way, it’s something to monitor in the future.
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