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DAL 41, PHI 21: Diggs, Cowboys Play Huge in Home Opener

Many said that tonight’s game would tell us a lot about who the Dallas Cowboys are in 2021. Well if that’s true, then the statement was made with a 41-21 beatdown of the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.

The domination was well-rounded tonight. We’ll get to the offense in a minute, but arguably the biggest star was Cornerback Trevon Diggs. With a pick-six and multiple pass breakups, the second-year CB made life miserable for college teammate Jalen Hurts and had the commentators swooning all night long.

Diggs was the leader of a brilliant effort for the shorthanded Cowboys defense. Osa Odighizuwa had 1.5 sacks, splitting one with Micah Parsons. It was another good night for the rookie LB/DE as Parsons was consistently pressuring Hurts and making other impact plays.

Hurts did eventually put up 303 passing yards and two touchdowns but much of that came when the game was well out of hand. The entire Eagles offense only had 121 yards at halftime.

Philly was in the pressure cooker all night after Dallas opened the game with another touchdown drive. Ezekiel Elliott ran it in for the score to give the Cowboys, after a 20-game streak without one, their second-straight touchdown on their first possession.

Zeke finished the game with 95 rushing yards and two scores. Tony Pollard chipped in 60 yards rushing, mostly in the first half, as Dallas’ dynamic duo had another strong week.

Dak Prescott posted three touchdowns and 238 passing yards. TE Dalton Schultz was the top receiver with 80 yards and two scores on six catches.

It was a night were little went wrong for the Cowboys. The scariest moments came early; Anthony Brown picked off Hurts on Philly’s first possession but left Dallas backed up near their own endzone. Prescott dropped back for a pass and was hit just as he started to pass, creating a fumble that was recovered by Fletcher Cox for the score.

Getting the ball back, Dallas marched again and had it 4th-and Goal from a yard away. Prescott kept and ran into the pile, seemingly crossing the plane with the ball on replay. But the original call was upheld and the Eagles took the ball on the failed conversion.

But after the Cowboys forced a three-and-out, they scored on the next possession and never looked back.

Now Dallas moves to 2-1 to take sole possession of the NFC East. The Eagles drop to 1-2, matching Washington and leaving everyone looking down on the 0-3 Giants.

The Cowboys host the Carolina Panthers next Sunday.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. There was a butt whipping in Dallas last night and the Eagles furnished the butt! Have to say EE ran the ball hard like the Old EE! TP looked good with his speed also! We just need to stick a couple of 50 lbs weights in our centers pants to help him stay put and not end up in Daks lap! No QB is worth what they are getting payed BUT IF Dak keeps playing like he is now he deserves it as much as the next guy but only time will tell! Have to give props out to Defensive Dan he seems like he knows what he is doing thus far! One other thing could somebody get in touch with Coach M and let him know that you can’t carry time outs over till the second half! If he ever figures out how to manage the game clock he will be a pretty good coach! All kidding aside I’m proud of how the boys played ! They have to bring that intensity every week! One last thing Cedric Wilson I believe is a player!! Any takers on that?

  2. Great team win! Moore continues to evolve as a play caller. Dak and the running game looked good. D Schultz was great. C Wilson has the look of a possible #2 WR? And Diggs looks like a future all pro (thank god). Alot to like about this game and this team moving forward. Also missing alot of starters, so much room for improvement.

  3. Agree, CW is an good WR. We have a good deep WR position, especially when MG comes back. DP is spoiled with all these weapons, including the TEs and our two headed RBs. EE was running strong, hope that continues.

    If we continue with a balanced attack and the D gets healthy, this team looks to be real contenders. But it’s a long season so want to temper my expectations a bit. But that was a fun game to watch!

  4. Big D showed its stuff with their primary division rival. Sure hope they do not get too full of themselves because Philly is not a star in the NFL, just a rival in the worst division. After watching D since I was a kid…..stay focused D.

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