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Cowboys Defense Dominates in Crucial Win vs Eagles

Coming into yesterday’s battle for supremacy against the the was looking to regain some swagger. The were led by who had a career day with 182 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago in a 34-24 beatdown of the . Last week at Metlife Stadium, the got a career day themselves from their former third overall pick in Sam Darnold who threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns in his return from Mononucleosis that kept him out since Week one. The Cowboys were handed their third consecutive loss 24-22 and their season was headed down the drain.

It would be paramount for the Cowboys defensive unit to set a tone and they didn’t waste any time doing so. The Eagle’s first possession would only last five plays as Jaylon Smith forced a fumble by Dallas Goedert that was recovered by . Just two plays into their second drive, was strip-sacked by All-Pro inside the Eagles own 15 which was recovered by . Both turnovers led to scores for the Cowboys as they took an early 14-0 lead in the games first six minutes.

After the Eagles scored on a seven-play 87-yard drive with a little over four minutes to go in the first quarter they would only run 12 plays the rest of the first half, and the Cowboys went into the locker room with a commanding 27-7 lead.

The second half would be a continuation of the first 30 minutes of play. After an exchange of field goals in the third quarter, the Eagles were simply out of their misery early in the fourth. Wentz was intercepted by and he committed his second fumble of the game on the very next drive. In the end, the Cowboys whipped the Eagles from start to finish 37-10 and claimed outright first place in the East.

There were several encouraging signs defensively for the Cowboys vs the Eagles. Maliek Collins matched his season total with five tackles and also recovered a fumble. Both starting defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and each had a sack showing exactly why the Cowboys put this combo together, to terrorize quarterbacks. Jourdan Lewis had four tackles and a sack, a great follow up to his four performance with an interception a week earlier, further making his case to be the top guy at nickel corner in this . The old veteran didn’t go unnoticed either as his seven tackles were tied for of the team lead. He got more snaps due to Leighton Vander Esch’s early exit with a neck .

You expect an like the Eagles to make plays and score points eventually, but the wasn’t having any of it in this contest. In addition to giving up under 300 yards of total offense, they only allowed the Eagles to convert three third downs, go 0 for 2 in the and forced four turnovers. That’s a recipe for victory any Sunday.

Now, the Cowboys go into the sitting on top the NFC East throne. This is the perfect time to get guys fully healthy with a clash against the on the road awaiting them in two weeks. The Cowboys defense played with their backs to the wall and pulled out a big-time performance when they needed it the most. Consistency is what has kept them from looking like the top seven unit they were in 2018. Was this game the turning point? We shall see, but nonetheless, this showing by them was exactly what the doctor ordered.

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Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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