Grading the Eagles' loss to the Cowboys | Domowitch
The Eagles aren't going into the playoffs with much offensive momentum after a second straight poor performance by Nick Foles.
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Jay Ajayi got the day off, and Doug Pederson started pulling his starters after the first quarter. Still, the Eagles had just 70 rushing yards and six rushing first downs. They haven't scored a rushing TD in six games. Take out Nate Sudfeld's 22-yard scramble and they averaged just 2.8 yards per carry against the Cowboys.
Nick Foles completed just four of 11 passes for 39 yards and had an ugly, underthrown interception before leaving after the first quarter. Nate Sudfeld completed 19 of 23 passes, but averaged just 5.8 yards per throw and was sacked three times.
Ezekiel Elliott became the first 100-yard rusher against the Eagles this season, but he had to work for it, averaging just 3.8 yards per carry against mostly backups. The Eagles held him to 28 yards on 10 first-half carries. But he opened the second half with a 25-yard run and then rushed for 39 yards on 11 carries in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys played Dak Prescott and most of the rest of their offensive starters the entire game, but didn't find the end zone until three minutes into the fourth quarter when Brice Butler beat backup corner Rasul Douglas on a 20-yard slant. The Eagles held Prescott to 6.0 yards per attempt, 4.9 in the first three quarters.
Donnie Jones, who had a season-high eight punts last week, had seven more Sunday, finishing with a solid 41.0 net average and putting three punts inside the 20, two inside the five. Eagles' coverage units did a good job of neutralizing Cowboys returner Ryan Switzer. PR Kenjon Barner fumbled a punt inside his five, but recovered it.
The Eagles are heading into the playoffs with serious concerns about their offense. Nick Foles, who had a dreadful game last week against the Raiders, was just 4-for-11 for 39 yards and an interception in the first quarter Sunday before calling it a day. In its last two games, the offense has converted just three of 25 third-down chances.
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