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Sean’s Scout: Prescott’s Homecoming, Secondary Play Puts Cowboys Atop NFC East

The made a statement in their first home game of the season, claiming first place in the East by routing the rival Philadelphia Eagles 41-21. Even this 20 point margin that allowed to sit out the Cowboys final series doesn't tell the full story of how well the team handled their first divisional test. Kellen Moore once again had a to expose the Eagles weaknesses in their front seven, while the drastic improvements on Dan Quinn's were put in the national spotlight.

Here are a few of my notes from the  win.

  • The Cowboys opening drive set the tone for the type of night this would have. With the threat of and out wide, the Cowboys ran the ball out of passing formations to draw the Eagles defense into the box. Ezekiel Elliott steadily moved the ball with physical runs throughout the night, but it was a 44-yard pass to Lamb that set up Dallas' first touchdown. came in at fullback on this drive, digging out linebackers to create space in the run game as well.


  • One of the plays to circle when it comes to the final score being closer than it should was the Eagles' first touchdown on a fumble recovery. Javon Hargrave beat to put pressure in Prescott's face, causing the fumble with the Cowboys backed up in their own end zone. could have helped Biadasz from left on the play but did not make the right read, forcing the Cowboys to deal with the bull rush on his own – something he's regularly struggled with.


  • It was interesting to see the Cowboys line up Randy Gregory at left end as much as they did, using on the right side. With their DL depth depleted by , it was known early in the week that Parsons would be playing end against the Eagles – who were starting backup Andre Dillard at . Gregory's speed would be a good matchup against Dillard, but the Cowboys also have speed off the in Parsons. Gregory played with better power and leverage from the strong side than I expected, getting in ' face multiple times and forcing poor throws.


  • are going to have to get used to the fact this team has three safeties that can share the field together, with Dallas again playing their best defense in “Big Nickel” sets. Not only did pressure from the front four not allow Devonta Smith and Jalen Reagor to beat them vertically, but the Cowboys did a great job taking away tight ends and Dallas Goedert as well. has been a great addition to the coverage unit, playing 54 snaps on Monday night. One play that stood out from the secondary was a tackle in space to force a three and out immediately following ' pick six. also kept the Cowboys takeaway streak alive with his first quarter interception on Hurts' underthrow for Reagor.

Expectations have been high from the start for this year's Cowboys team, and with the rest of the struggling again it may be hard to judge just how good they are in divisional matchups. This blowout against the Eagles sets up a meeting with the undefeated in week four before their first game against the Giants in week five.

Erasing the memory of Dak Prescott being carted off the field in his last home game was part of the plan last night for the Cowboys, and they delivered as Prescott was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter. With a stout coming to town next week, Dallas' game plan for Carolina should rely heavily on Prescott carrying them again.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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