The Dallas Cowboys have lost three of their last four games, straying farther from the conference contending team they appeared to be much earlier in the season. With their loss on Thanksgiving to the Raiders, the Cowboys were spectators to Sunday’s NFC East matchup between the 5-6 Philadelphia Eagles and 3-7 New York Giants.
With a win, the Eagles would draw within a game and a half of the Cowboys. The Giants were able to play early spoilers though, forcing four Jalen Hurts turnovers and clinching the win on a late-game drop to seal a defensive stand and 13-7 win. The Eagles dropped to 0-2 in the NFC East, with a previous blowout loss to the Cowboys.
Philadelphia has responded to recent losses by Dallas by dropping games to Los Angeles, beating New Orleans at home (this Thursday’s Cowboys opponent), and now losing to New York in their first game without Jason Garrett as OC. Freddie Kitchens called the plays for the Giants offense, with Daniel Jones’ one-yard touchdown to Chris Myarick and two Graham Gano field goals holding up in the end.
The Giants defense pressured Hurts and forced him into obvious throwing situations despite keeping the game close by going 3-12 on third down and gaining just 70 yards on 27 carries.
While the Cowboys have soul-searching to do if they want to see past the NFC East that remains in their control, their rivals have hardly done anything to put fear into the race for first. This is especially true of the Eagles dropping today’s game at the Giants.
The Eagles will play their next game at MetLife Stadium as well, against the Jets in week 13. Their longest road trip of the remaining season is to Washington. While proximity isn’t an issue for a team fighting for relevance behind a reeling Cowboys squad, their consistency of play sure is – with a week 17 home game against Dallas on the horizon.
Both the Cowboys and Eagles have two remaining games against the Washington Football Team, who host the Seahawks on Monday Night Football tomorrow.