By Alex Al-Kazzaz
The Dallas Cowboys came out on top in a hard-fought come-from-behind victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. This was the first time since December 2, 2012 that Dallas beat Philadelphia at home and their first overtime victory for the Cowboys since October 5, 2014, when they defeated the Houston Texans 20-17. The Cowboys are on a six-game winning streak for the first time since 2014.
Let’s look at their performance
Offense: Dak Prescott went 19-for-39 throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Ezekiel Elliot had 22 carries for 96 yards, thus ending his four-game streak of running for at least 100 yards. Dez Bryant finally made his return to the active roster and finished with four catches for 113 yards and one touchdown. Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams caught a combined six catches for 78 yards. Jason Witten had two catches for 16 yards and touchdown, which was the game-winning touchdown. Elliot caught four passes for 52 yards. 460 total yards of offense with 26 first-downs and 2-2 in fourth down conversions. The Cowboys offense came into this game outscoring their opponents 37 to 10 in the first quarter. Overall the offense did a very good job. Offense gets a B+ for their performance.
Defense: Allowed less than 300 yards of total offense. They forced one turnover, sacked the quarterback three times. Sean Lee led the defense eleven tackles,including two tackles for a loss. Tyrone Crawford registered 1.5 sacks and recovered a fumble. They managed to allow Philadelphia to go 2-for-4 in the red zone, which certainly kept Dallas alive. They allowed less than 100 yards of rushing. Barry Church left the game early with an arm injury. Mo Claiborne also left the game early due to a groin injury. It’s unclear how serious the injuries are and how long they will be out. Dallas’ defense stayed focus the entire game so they get a B+ for their performance.
Dallas will travel to Cleveland this Sunday to take on an 0-8 Cleveland Browns team. As bad as the Browns are, they are not to be underestimated. Dallas needs to take them seriously and prepare for them like they’ve been preparing all season and that’s with hard work.