December 2, 2023

A Game of Inches — Eagles Hold on to Beat Dallas

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A win is a win.

The Eagles squeaked by the Dallas Cowboys 28-23 to improve to an NFL-best 8-1. The Eagles now hold a 2.5-game lead in the NFC East at the halfway mark of the season. In quite possibly the biggest swing game of the season, the Eagles came out victorious.

Up and Down Day Offensively

The Eagles had an up-and-down day on offense. After a good first half, they came out in the 3rd quarter and absolutely dominated. Despite getting banged up, Hurts was able to throw two touchdown passes to A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith. They looked unstoppable. Then the 4th quarter hit.

The Eagles offense is in my opinion the biggest reason to blame for almost blowing this game. On 3rd down, and little time on the clock, the Eagles decided to take a deep shot down the field. That play failed and stopped the clock. If they had gotten a first down there the game would have been over. But going for a deep shot on 3rd and short did not make any sense. Thankfully the Eagles’ defense held, but it was almost a disaster.

Then again, the Eagles offense got the ball with a chance to seal the game. They ended up fumbling the ball in their own territory, giving Dallas a prime chance to go and score. Thankfully again, the Eagles’ defense held. If it was not for the defense the Eagles offense would be under a lot of scrutiny for their 4th quarter play. The Eagles need to get the turnover problem under control during the bye week.

Defensive Adjustments

The biggest story from this game is the defensive adjustments that were made for the second half. Rookie Eli Ricks was getting destroyed by Ceedee Lamb the whole first half, and Sean Desai then decided to move Darius Slay on Lamb. This adjustment worked because the Cowboys only scored 6 points in the 2nd half.

The Eagles defensive line shined when it mattered most. Josh Sweat, Jalen Carter, Brandon Graham, and Haason Reddick were all able to sack Prescott, with a few of them coming late in the game. The Eagles needed a big game from their defensive line, and they showed up.

You can not mention the defense without mentioning the luck they received, or caused. The Cowboys missed both a touchdown, and a 2-point conversion by about a foot total, but credit to the Eagles’ defense for forcing them to be short. Sometimes you have to make your own luck.

Great Time For a Bye

In today’s game, we saw multiple players leave the game injured or were injured at some point in the game.

While Hurts played through his injury, it was clear he was hurting. The bye week is coming at a great time for the Eagles. Hopefully, the players can use the time off to get healthy, and then get ready for the stretch run.

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