EAGLES 27 – Cowboys 13
WITH nothing left to play for in the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys treated the game like a preseason exercise. They played all three of their QB’s, and sat RB Ezekiel Elliott to keep him from getting hurt for no damned reason whatsoever. QB Tony Romo (remember him?) threw the Cowboys only TD on the day.
HEY! Speaking of throwing touchdowns, Carson Wentz (27/43 – 62.7% – 245 – 2 – 0) threw 2 scores, without throwing any picks in this game, bringing his rookie totals to 16 TD and 14 picks. Speaking of picks, Jordan “Cowboy Killer” Hicks (5 – 0 – 2 – 0) grabbed two of those tasty treats, and did his part to kill the Cowboys once again.
While all the talk on Offense will likely be about Wentz or TE Zach Ertz (13 – 139 – 10.6 – 2), the guy who really caught my eye was 6’1, 240lb RB Terrell Watson (9 – 28 – 3.1 – 1 – 0). The young man was signed off the street this week, but he brought a passion and energy, that I hope the coaching staff doesn’t let get away. Even when he was running outside, there was a physicality to his running that the Eagles have lacked since Correll Buckhalter last played here in 2008. What I liked the most however, was how after his TD run, while on the sideline, he went to each O-lineman and thanked them for their blocking. There was no “treating it like a business”. He just looked like a guy enjoying the game. That sort of thing can be infectious when there’s something to play for. I hope to see him back here next season.
The pass rush was there in this game. Given that DT Bennie Logan (1 – 0 – 0 – 0) is a Free Agent after this season, I found it interesting that A) DT’s Beau Allen (2 – 0 – 0 – 0) and Destiny Vaeao (2 – 0 – 0 – 0) got to play as much as they did, and B) that our Defensive Front still handled business against “the best offensive line in the entire-” (insert slurping noises from commentators). The only weak link in the Defense were our CB’s, specifically Nolan Carroll (4 – 0 – 0 – 1), whom the rusty Romo beat for an easy TD pass to WR Terrance Williams.
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The Eagles yet again desperately tried to give RB Byron Marshall (10 – 42 – 4.2 – 0) every opportunity they could give him, to show that he can take over RB Darren Sproles (9 – 32 – 3.5 – 0) role next year. So far the rookie simply hasn’t shown the potential.