The Dallas Cowboys dominated the Philadelphia Eagles in an NFC East showdown on Monday Night Football. Dallas rolled to a 41-21 victory in which the score does not even accurately portray how much the Cowboys controlled every facet of the game.
Offensively, the Cowboys had just one mistake — a Dak Prescott fumble in the end zone that immediately resulted in Eagles points. Aside from that, the Eagles had no answer for what the Cowboys were throwing at them.
Defensively, the Cowboys got after Jalen Hurts and put the Eagles in some difficult situations. A Trevon Diggs pick-six in the opening minutes of the third quarter really solidified the Cowboys’ dominance in the victory.
OFFENSE PERFORMED WITHOUT PAIR OF KEY CONTRIBUTORS
One of the more impressive takeaways from Monday night’s win is that the offense did not miss a beat without Michael Gallup and La’el Collins on the field. Gallup is dealing with a calf strain that will have him sidelined for the next few weeks. Collins, meanwhile, faces three more games of suspension.
Even without those two, the Dallas Cowboys offense scored 34 points versus the Eagles — who entered week three with a top-5 defense in the NFL. Kellen Moore designed some beautiful plays, and the players on the field executed the game plan perfectly.
Ezekiel Elliott ran for two touchdowns. Dak Prescott completed more than 80% of his passes and threw for three scores. Dalton Schultz was the go-to weapon in the passing attack. Cedrick Wilson hauled in a pass from Prescott on fourth-and-goal.
Schultz, in particular, stepped up for Prescott in the passing game. The tight end made six catches for 80 yards and two of Prescott’s touchdown tosses. The Eagles played two-high safeties, so Prescott took what the defense gave him and it was Schultz that benefited.
Dalton Schultz: 53 offensive snaps (69%), 7 targets, 6 catches, 80 yards, 2 TDs pic.twitter.com/QJDo4roW85
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The amount of weapons that the Cowboys have is scary for opposing defenses. CeeDee Lamb had just one big play. Amari Cooper was largely a non-factor. Yet, the Cowboys still grooved offensively.
On the offensive line, Terence Steele has played largely well in place of Collins. The second-year tackle has stepped up in his role over the last two games and has played a big role in opening up running lanes and protecting Prescott in the pocket.
Dallas would love to have Gallup and Collins back on the field. But, for now, it appears that the Cowboys offense is ready roll with the talent that they do have at their disposal.
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