The Philadelphia Eagles emerged victorious in their Week Six matchup against the Dallas Cowboys 26-17. This kept the Eagles’ perfect record intact at 6-0. There are some positive and negative takeaways to highlight from the performance.
1. The Eagles Played A Clean Game
The Eagles had a tough challenge against a really good Cowboys defense that led the league in takeaways last season. Getting a win on Sunday required a clean game on offense and that is what the Eagles did. Jalen Hurts played mistake free and did not turn the ball over. The Eagles’ backs and receivers also protected the football.
The only mistake was a mis-timed Jason Kelce snap that was promptly recovered by the Eagles. Philadelphia also won the penalty battle. The Eagles were flagged just twice for 10 yards while the Cowboys had 10 penalties for 72 yards.
2. Eagles’ Quarterback Jalen Hurts Played A Quality Game
Jalen Hurts was not as impressive as earlier in the season, but he did enough for the Eagles to win. He finished the game 15/25 for 155 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. Hurts did take four sacks but also ran the ball nine times for 27 yards. His dual threat abilities enabled the Eagles to convert a couple of first downs using his legs.
3. The Eagles Continue To Be A Force On Defense
While Jalen Hurts’ was the star of the first month of the season, the Eagles’ defense has stolen the show. On Sunday night, the Eagles recorded three interceptions off Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush. Safety C.J. Gardner/Johnson had two while Darius Slay had one. This allowed the Eagles to work with a short field and get easy points in the first half.
Cowboys QB Cooper Rush finished the game 18/38 for 181 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. His passer rating was just a 37.3. The Cowboys ran the ball effectively but once the Eagles were up my multiple scores, Dallas was forced to throw the ball more. Overall, a very good performance by the Eagles’ defense.
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4. The Eagles Continue To Slow Down In The Second Half
The biggest weakness of the Eagles this year is not being able to play a full 60-minute game. Neither team scored in the first quarter before the Eagles pulled off 20 points in the second quarter alone. A field goal by the Cowboys made it 20-3 at halftime.
Philadelphia got the ball back first in the second half and had to quickly punt. After a couple of Dallas touchdowns, it was soon a three-point game. Luckily the Eagles found a way, but the offense can’t go cold once they get a comfortable lead. Since the Jacksonville game, the Eagles have never trailed but double-digit leads were blown in both games since then.
5. The Eagles’ Win Capped Off An Amazing Weekend In Philadelphia Sports
Since the Eagles’ Super Bowl win five seasons ago, the 76ers have probably been the most competitive team in Philadelphia. This weekend showed that all of Philadelphia sports teams are back. The Eagles’ win on Sunday night moved them to 6-0 which is the only undefeated record in football. The Phillies beat the reigning World Series Champion Atlanta Braves to move onto the NLCS. And the Flyers won both their weekend games to start the new season 2-0.
In a three-day span, the South Philadelphia sports complex hosted two Flyers wins, two playoff Phillies wins, and a primetime Eagles’ divisional win. The crowds showed up and continue to show why Philadelphia has some of the most loyal fans in all of America.
The Eagles have a bye week before hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week Eight. It is an important bye week as the Eagles need to get several guys fully recovered from injury.