Eagles eliminated from playoff contention, lose 37-17 to Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff hopes have come to an end. After an early 14-3 lead over the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles fell 37-17 to move to 4-10-1 on the season. Jalen Hurts had his worst start of his young career and now Dallas or Washington will represent the NFC East in the playoffs.
On offense, the issues were on every player. Jalen Hurts finished with 21/39 with 2 interceptions and fumbles. Hurts now is tied for the most fumbles in the NFL with seven. Although the game ended terribly, Hurts came out of the gates hot with an 81-yard bomb to Desean Jackson to give the Eagles their second score of the game.
Following that play, the Eagles were incredibly unproductive on Dallas’ side of the field having several attempts inside the 30-yard line to put points on the board but came up empty every time.
Doug Pederson decided to go for it on 4th and 15 in field goal range when down 13 and backfired horribly. Pederson’s playcalling decisions continue to make no sense. Miles Sanders only had 4 rushing attempts in the second half in a mind-boggling decision when the team was averaging a five yards per attempt.
On defense, the injuries brutally hurt them. Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat were already out and Fletcher Cox left early with a stinger leaving the pass rush in shambles. The Eagles finished with only two sacks on one of the worst offensive lines and least mobile QBs in the NFL. Ezekiel Elliott ate up, finishing with 109 yards on 19 carries in one of his best games this season.
Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup each had 121 yards receiving and two touchdowns with 3 receptions over 50 yards for Andy Dalton who had 377 yards passing on the day. Several pass interferences were called on the replacement secondary players in for Rodney McLeod, Cre’Von LeBlanc, and company. Darius Slay had a fantastic interception to help get the Eagles back into the game but the offense couldn’t capitalize.
Going back to penalties, the referees had a field day throwing the flag. The Eagles offensive line had 5 offsides alongside several game-changing holding penalties. There was also the Jalen Hurts “fumble” that the refs completely blew which put the nail in the coffin for the Eagles.
The Eagles now hold the 6th pick in the NFL draft and will face the Washington Football Team next week to finish their season. If Cincinnati, Houston, or Atlanta win with an Eagles loss you could see that draft selection go even higher.
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