RICHMOND – If you talk the talk, you must walk the walk. For the city of brotherly love, it was a case of the Birds screeching and the hunters having perfect awareness.
In the case of the head of the flock, Doug Pederson, it was ill-advised to provide motivation to the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas reminded the world that talk was cheap as they took a 37-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
The win moved the Cowboys to 4-3 and 1st in the NFC East while the Eagles take a 3-4 record into next week as 2nd in the division.
No sight of ESPN’s Stephen A Smith wearing a Cowboy hat to mock the Dallas faithful as he had done the last three weeks. Combined with the Yankees being eliminated, I guess the man with the hairline received a time-out.
Pederson’s comments enraged Cowboys defensive end Demarcus “Tank” Lawrence who had some strong words for the former Super Bowl-winning coach.
“Alright. He’s gotta come here. Tell him to come on. We ready. Can he play the game? He might want to shut his a** up and stay on the sidelines. He can’t play the game for them. … We’ll see.” Lawrence said.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz finished the night 16/26 for 191 yards and 1 TD with 1 INT. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott finished 21/27 for 239 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT along with 1 rushing touchdown. So much for FS1’s Shannon Sharpe to say that Dak can’t throw and was bad.
Ezekiel Elliot led the Cowboys with 111yards and 1 TD on 22 carries. Jordan Howard was the Eagles leading rusher with 50 yards on 11 carries.
Dallas seemed to respond to their defensive captain’s intensity forcing fumbles on both of the Eagles’ opening drive after Philly won the toss and elected to receive. The Cowboys took the ball into the endzone courtesy of Tavon Austin and Elliot.
Philadelphia responded with a touchdown of their own as Wentz hit tight end Dallas Godert for a touchdown to make it 14-7. But Dallas took control the rest of the first half as Prescott hit tight end Blake Jarwin on a wide-open touchdown catch and kicker Brett Maher hit two field goals including a 63-yard field goal at the end of the half to make it 27-7.
In the second half, Wentz seemed to be in cruise control after Dallas lost linebacker Sean Lee and defensive end Robert Quinn to injury. But the Eagles offense stalled once it reached the red zone after Alshon Jeffrey caught a wide-open pass.
Offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who according to Philadelphia news networks would have a field day against Lawrence was flagged in the redzone for illegal hands to the face. It forced the Eagles to settle for a field goal by Jake Elliot who made the score 27-10.
Dallas meanwhile tried to chew up the clock while picking up yardage but back to back holding calls pushed them farther back. Still, Dallas kept the clock moving. On one play, however, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins yanked Prescott down in a way that led to retaliation from Prescott causing both sidelines to react ending the 3rd quarter.
Beginning in the 4th, wide receiver Amari Cooper showed why he was worth the trade from the Oakland Raiders with a sensational catch. But Dallas stalled settling for Maher’s 29-yard field goal to make the score 30-10.
The Eagles did not get any luck on their next drive as Wentz was intercepted by Xavier Woods which led to Prescott also throwing a long endzone interception to Jalen Mills. Wentz then fumbled allowing Dallas to get possession in the red zone. Prescott then decided enough was enough, so he decided to take it in himself finishing the score at 37-10.
The home crowd in AT&T Stadium certainly played a factor in how the Cowboys took a win into their bye week. Prescott summed it up in a few words about how good this team can be in that atmosphere.
“If this crowd is electric like this every home game, we will be tough to beat,” Prescott said.
This game was a rivalry with trash talk brewing from both sides and showing pride. But the Eagles continued to show their history of being brash and boastful and it can cost them down the road as it did tonight. Dallas, for tonight, remained focused on the win after getting three large wakeup calls in their losses the last three weeks and they accomplished their goal.
What will the media say tomorrow to the Cowboy fans after this dominating performance by the men with the star? Time will tell. Maybe Pederson should listen to the radio instead of speaking on it.