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NFC East: Week 12 Review

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NFC EAST STANDINGS:

DALLAS COWBOYS                         6-5

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                 6-5

NEW YORK GIANTS                        4-7

WASHINGTON REDSKINS            3-8

We are getting closer to the final stretch and things seem to make the Eagles and Cowboys the teams which will fight for this year’s division championship, remember these two teams face off in the final week of 2013, and I may be wrong but it would seem that that game will decide the champ, just like it has happened in 2011 and 2012; It should already be called THE NFC EAST FINAL SHOWDOWN.

The New York Giants fell to the 3rd place in the division race and with a very tough remaining schedule, it would seem this is not their year, but who knows, as always nothing is written in this division. Let’s review this week’s games.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants Met Life Stadium Win 24-21

Whew!!! This game was not for the fainted heart Cowboy's fans huh! I almost bit my fingers off. For starters I was horrified by JPP's comment of the running blood, no kidding. The NYG D line has been a strong one in the last years, and they don't exactly like the 'boys, but this time the Cowboys OL held up just enough, yeah, they gave up 4 sacks and let Romo be hurried and dropped back more than 15 times, but it was an OK game for the Dallas Cowboys OL.

The cowboys led 21 -13 at the end of the 3rd quarter but lost that advantage in the 4th with a 4 yard TD from Eli Manning to L. Murphy and making the 2 point conversion attempt with a rush by Brown. But Tony Romo led a late game winning 14 play drive to set Dan 'automatic' Bailey's winning 35 yd FG... Talk about clutch!!

Romo had 23/38 for 250 yards and 2 TD to Jason Witten, with 1 pick. Demarco Murray had a good game with 86 rushing yards and boy how this team can move the chains when they give him the ball.

This win leaves the Cowboys atop the NFC East, tied with Philly but in first place because of their better record in the division.

At the end, it was the Giants who shed blood according to our very own Jason Hatcher.

Dallas Cowboys record: 6-5                                                           New York Giants record: 4-7


 

Division record: 4-0                                                                          division record: 1-3

 

Next Game vs. Oakland Raiders Thanksgiving                        Next Game @ Washington Redskins

Washington Redskins @ San Francisco 49s Loss 27-6 Candlestick Park

The only thing good for the Skins in this game was that RGIII has a cannon for an arm and that's just about it. The Redskins are having a very tough year and are practically out of the playoff race.

This game faced off 2 young QBs that last season were amazing and both are having a difficult year and Colin Kaeperkick came out with the victory with a great performance from Anquan Boldin who received 2 TDs and Kaepernick threw another one to his tight end Vernon Davis, thus ending a 2 game losing streak and with a fighting chance for the Wildcard spot with the Arizona Cardinals.

Washington Redskins record: 3-8

Division record: 0-3

Next game vs NYG

 

Philadelphia Eagles : BYE Week

Record: 6-5

Division Record: 3-2

Next game: vs Arizona Cardinals

 

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DAL 37, PHI 10: Cowboys Correct Course by Crushing Eagles

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The Dallas Cowboys will need plenty more games like this one to undo some of the damage from their recent three-game losing streak. But with a 37-10 rout of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles tonight, Dallas took a big step toward redemption and restoring order in their season.

The game got ugly in a hurry for the Eagles, who fumbled on their first two possessions and set the Cowboys up for touchdowns on each. Philadelphia would answer with a score on their next drive to make it 14-7, but it was all Dallas from there.

It was a joint effort from all parts of the Cowboys roster tonight. Ezekiel Elliott had 111 yards rushing and another 36 receiving, plus one touchdown on the ground. Dak Prescott threw for 239 yards and one score and ran for another touchdown.


Dallas' defense limited Philadelphia to just 283 total yards. DeMarcus Lawrence, Robert Quinn, and Jourdan Lewis each recorded sacks while Xavier Woods had a rare interception for the Cowboys secondary.

Even special teams contributed; Brett Maher nailed a 63-yard field goal to end the first half and made his two other FG attempts as well.

The Eagles were missing several key players on both sides of the ball, giving them a bit of an excuse for how lopsided this game got. But with Dallas now getting bye week rest while Philadelphia has to stay on the road in Buffalo, is this the beginning of the end for the Eagles' season?

Other Notes

  • Amari Cooper led the receivers tonight with 106 yards on five catches. He did not appear to be hampered by any injury despite our worries earlier in the week.
  • Maher's 63-yard field goal put him in the NFL record books as the only kicker to ever hit three career FGs from 60 or more.
  • Prescott's 21st career rushing touchdown broke Roger Staubach's record for most all-time rushing TDs by a Cowboys quarterback.
  • Some negative injury news coming out of the game; Leighton Vander Esch (neck) and Robert Quinn (ribs) both had to leave and didn't return. No word yet on severity for either, but hopefully the bye week is all they need to recover.
  • Jeff Heath was also shaken up toward the end of the game but appeared to be okay on the sideline.
  • No injury setbacks for any of the Cowboys' previously concerning players. Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, and La'el Collins all made it through without incident.
  • Dallas now gets a long rest with the bye week and their next game not coming until Monday, Nov. 4th, against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys are healing up, the Giants will be traveling to Detroit next Sunday.


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DAL 27, PHI 7: Cowboys Winning Every Phase, Build Big Halftime Lead

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The Dallas Cowboys certainly heard about Doug Pederson's win guarantee, but did anyone tell Pederson's team? The Philadelphia Eagles have fumbled and flopped their way into a 24-7 halftime deficit in this pivotal Week 7 rivalry game.

Two early fumbles by Dallas Goedert and Carson Wentz helped set up the Cowboys for short fields and touchdowns. Dallas has scored points on all but one of their drives in the first half.

Ezekiel Elliott is on pace for his best game of 2019 so far. He has 65 rushing yards and another 25 through the air, with one touchdown coming on the ground.

Dak Prescott has been sharp with 161 passing yards on 15-of-20 passing. He connected with Blake Jarwin on the team's second touchdown of the night.

Dallas' other touchdown came on a pretty toss play to Tavon Austin, who used his athletic skills to juke one Eagle and then outrace the rest to the endzone.


Brett Maher finished the half with an amazing 63-yard field goal. He also made one from 26 yards earlier.

Standouts on defense so far include DeMarcus Lawrence, who is playing up to his verbal response to the Eagles' head coach earlier this week. We've also some big plays from Maliek Collins, Jourdan Lewis, and Robert Quinn.

Leighton Vander Esch had to leave the game with a neck injury and is questionable to return. Hopefully, the Cowboys won't need him.

Great start by the good guys! Let's keep it going!


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Eagles @ Cowboys 2019: Gameday Inactives for Both Teams

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Seldom-Used CB Jourdan Lewis Could Play Big Role Against Saints

Kickoff between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 of the 2019 season is almost upon us. The teams have now officially declared their inactive players for tonight, and the Cowboys' list comes with many sighs of relief.

After a week of worrying that several starters and other key players could miss this pivotal game, Dallas should have most of them on hand.

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Cowboys inactives: Devin Smith, Anthony Brown, Luke Gifford, Adam Redmond, Brandon Knight, Justin Hamilton, Dorance Armstrong.

Losing Anthony Brown, who is essentially a starter as the nickel corner, isn't great. But it will mean more playing time for Jourdan Lewis, and to some that could be a blessing in disguise.

Not on this list are Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, and Byron Jones, all of whom had concerns earlier in the week about their availability to play.


As for Philadelphia, their inactive list features several key names

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Ronald Darby is active for the #Eagles. Rookie Shareef Miller active for the first time. The inactives for tonight's game against the Cowboys: DeSean Jackson, Avonte Maddox, Darren Sproles, Nigel Bradham, Nate Herbig, Jason Peters, Tim Jernigan.

You can read more analysis of the Eagles' missing players here. But just to summarize, that's two offensive starters(Jackson, Peters) and three from the defense (Jernigan, Bradham, Maddox) who won't be playing in Dallas tonight.

Will these injuries decide the game? Will Dallas take advantage or will Philly overcome?

We're about to find out!


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