ARLINGTON, Texas — The Eagles were beaten in every area during their 37-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. That dropped the Eagles to 3-4 and moved Dallas (4-3) into first place in the NFC East. It also snapped a three-game Dallas losing streak.
The Eagles look to pick up the pieces on Sunday in Buffalo (5-1)
Dak Prescott scored on an eight-yard run to increase the Dallas lead to 37-10. This is officially a rout.
The score was set up after the Eagles third fumble of the game when Carson Wentz couldn’t handle a shotgun snap. Kerry Hyder recovered for Dallas.
Eagles cough up third fumble
That gave the Cowboys a first down on the Eagles 16 with 1054
Eagles corner Jalen Mills made an end zone interception on a Dak Prescott pass intended for Tavon Austin, giving the Eagles the ball on their 20-yard line with 11:07 left.
Cowboys safety Xavier Woods intercepted Carson Wentz and returned it nine yards to the Eagles 39 with 11:50 left in the fourth quarter.
Cowboys increase lead
Brett Maher’s 29-yard field goal with 12:36 left in the fourth quarter increased the Cowboys lead to 30-10.
Amari Cooper made an incredible catch on a third-and-6 play for 28 yards to the Eagles 16. The ball was thrown just over Jalen Mills.
Quarter ends with heated exchange
On the final play of the third quarter, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins tackled Dak Prescott on a keeper. The two exchanged words, but nothing more came out of it.
Dallas has held the ball for nearly five minutes and had a third-and-6 on the Eagles 44 to begin the fourth quarter
After allowing a field goal, Dallas came back with a long drive
Eagles cut the lead
Jake Elliott’s 38-yard field goal cut Dallas’ lead to 27-10 with 4:59 left in the third quarter.
Despite facing considerable heat, Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a 12-play, 66-yard drive
On the drive Wentz had key completions of 18 yards to Nelson Agholor and 30 yards to Alshon Jeffery.
Wentz is rolling out more to avoid the Dallas pass rush.
Vander Esch, Quinn out
Dallas linebacker Leighton Vander Esche and defensive end Robert Quinn are both out for the game with injuries. Vander Esche suffered a neck injury and Quinn hurt his ribs.
Cowboys forced to punt on first, third quarter series
After earning one first down, the Cowboys were forced to punt on the first series of the second half. The Eagles got a good punt return by Boston Scott, but an illegal block in the back foul by Rudy Ford, forced the ball back to the Eagles 18-yard line with 10:50 left in the third quarter.
Eagles looking for answers
A big reason why the Eagles have struggled on offense in the first half is that Dallas is putting heat on Carson Wentz.
The Cowboys, who lead 27-7, have three first half sacks and four quarterback hurries.
Wentz has completed 5 of 8 for 51 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions
Cowboys own the first half
Cowboys placekicker Brett Maher kicked a 63-yard field goal as time expired in the first half, increasing the Cowboys lead to 27-7.
Cowboys increase lead
Brett Maher’s 26-yard field goal increased the Cowboys lead to 24-7 with 1:31 left in the first half. It was an 8-play, 72-yard drive for Dallas.
The Cowboys also announced that linebacker Leighton Vander Esch suffered a neck injury and his return is questionable.
A 44-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper has given the Cowboys the ball on the Eagles 25-yard line at the two-minute warning.
Dallas takes over
The Eagles were stopped on their next series after Dallas had taken a 21-7 lead. On third down Carson Wentz was sacked by Jourdan Lewis, forcing the Eagles to punt.
Dallas then took over on its 20 with 2:47 left in the half. It was also announced that Eagles defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway suffered a knee injury and his return is questionable.
Cowboys Vander Esch injured
Dallas Cowboys standout linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was injured with 4:51 left in the second quarter. He stayed down for a few minutes but then walked off slowly.
The Eagles are moving with a first down on their own 44.
Dallas scores again
Dak Prescott hit a wide open tight end Blake Jarwin for a 1-yard score to increase the Cowboys lead to 21-7 with 6:40 left in the first half.
Prescott kept the drive alive with an 8-yard completion to Jason Witten to the Eagles 17 for a first down kept the drive alive.
An apparent 24-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper was called back due to two penalties on the Cowboys.
Earlier in the drive, Prescott was stopped for no gain on a third-and-1 sneak from the Dallas 49. The Cowboys then earned the first down to the Eagles 42 on a 9-yard fourth down completion to Ezekiel Elliott.
Eagles down by a TD after 1
Even though the Eagles have been outplayed, and have committed two turnovers, they trail 14-7 after one quarter.
Eagles bring pass rush
Dallas had a first down on the Eagles 38, but the Cowboys were forced to punt after a sack by Derek Barnett and and great presure by Josh Sweat forced an incompletion.
The Eagles take over on their 10 with 46 seconds left.
Cowboys in Eagles territory
After Dallas Goedert’s 28-yard touchdown recpeption, Dallas has moved the ball into Eagles territory. The Cowboys have a first down on the Eagles 38 with 2:15 left in the first quarter.
Eagles cut lead in half
Carson Wentz hit Dallas Goedert on a 28 yard touchdown to cut Dallas’ lead to 14-7 with 4:38 left in the first quarter.
That completed a 7-play, 87-yard drive.
The Eagles got a reprieve on the drive a third down incompletion when Dallas linebacker Jaylon Smith was called for a roughing the passer penalty, giving the Eagles a first down on their own 28.
Two plays later the Cowboys were called for a personal foul when Xavier Woods leveled Alshon Jeffery. It was called contact to a defenseless player.
Elliott scores for Dallas
Two plays after the Cowboys recovered a Carson Wentz fumble on the Eagles 14-yard line, Ezekiel Elliott made it 14-0 Dallas on a 1-yard run with 8:56 left in the first quarter.
On first down Elliott went 13 yards to the 1-yard line. It was originally ruled a touchdown but his knee hit the ground. He then scored on the next play.
DeMarcus Lawrence forced the fumble on Wentz with Antwan Woods recovering.
Cowboys take early lead
After the Cowboys recovered a fumble on the Eagles 45-yard line, the scored on their first possession, Tavon Austin scored on a 20-yard run for a 7-0 lead with 10:08 left in the first quarter.
The Cowboys went 45 yards in six plays after Maliek Collins recovered a Dallas Goedert fumble.
The Eagles fumble on first possession
After a completion from Carson Wentz, Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert fumbled and the Cowboys recovered on the Eagles 45-yard line.
Welcome to Texas
Good evening and welcome from AT&T Stadium for our Eagles live blog. Eagles-Cowboys is always special and when they are battling for NFC supremacy as they are, it gives the rivalry even more meaning.
Both teams have been have yet to hit gear and are entering with 3-3 records, the Cowboys have lost three in a row, including last week incredibly to the New York Jets.
And it’s been a busy week, with plenty of off the field banter garnering headlines.
It all began when Doug Pederson sort-of guaranteeing a win and then Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence firing back.
The Eagles also cut starting linebacker Zach Brown, days after he ripped Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who promptly torched the Eagles defense for 333 yards and four touchdowns in the Vikings 38-20 win.
There was ESPN’s report in which an anonymous source criticized the Eagles for not acquiring cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was eventually traded from Jacksonville to the Los Angeles Rams.
If the game comes close to matching the off-the-field drama, this one tonight should be something.
Oh yes, and the winner will be in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
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As always we thank you for following our work on inquirer.com/sports and hope everybody enjoys the game.
Pre-game stories of interest
Les Bowen has the Eagles inactives for tonight. For the first time, defensive end Shareef Miller isn’t one of them.
Paul Domowitch has his usual thorough statistical look heading into tonight’s game.
Eagles first round pick Andre Dillard is anxious to start for future Hall of Famer Jason Peters, writes Erin McCarthy.
Marcus Hayes speculates that a Cowboys loss could be the final one for beleaguered head coach Jason Garrett.
Hayes has been getting the pulse of the Cowboys all week at their practices and he wrote this gem on Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott calling out his teammates.
Rob Tornoe has all you need to know about the coverage of tonight’s game.
The Eagles ground game could face a major challenge, Les Bowen writes.