The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 28-23 for a huge division win, with the final six minutes or so being the most chaotic and hair-raising football the Delaware Valley has probably seen in decades.
Man, that was… an experience.
But in the end, the Eagles came out on top. They’re now 8-1 and are arguably the best team in football, certainly the best team in the NFC, and as with any win – no matter how messy or ugly – PhillyVoice has game-winning honors to hand out.
Here are the two players who will be selected for Week 9…
Offensive – Jalen hurts
Hurts was down in the first half with little time left and was slow to get back to his feet. DeMarcus Lawrence’s helmet hit Hurts’ knee as he fell – already suffering from a lingering bone bruise that was only revealed last week – and the Eagles QB felt it.
Philly came out of halftime trailing by just three and the ball came back to them from the break, but the entire stadium held its breath at the status of their franchise quarterback as he gingerly jogged into the locker room.
However, he stayed in, came out again in the second half and led the Eagles with back-to-back shots on goal that gave the Birds the lead and the momentum – with plenty of additional help from some costly penalties from Dallas.
Final Observations: Eagles 28, Cowboys 23
On the first drive, after a blatant Cowboys face guard added 15 more yards to the touchback, Hurts and the offense penetrated Dallas territory until Hurts pulled back and threw a perfect pass over the shoulder of DeVonta Smith in the end zone giving Eagles the 21-17 lead.
Then, after a three-and-out by Dallas, Hurts and the offense came back and did what they do best: a time-consuming 11-play scoring drive (6:18) that wrested further control from the Cowboys and held them their defense out there for far too long.
Not that Dallas helped itself with three penalties – offside, PI and holding – that gave the Eagles huge amounts of free yards on the field.
The offensive line held, and Hurts stayed in the pocket, running straight to the sideline only as a last resort and with extreme caution to avoid contact. But it was enough as the Eagles marched downfield and Hurts capped the game with a quick pass to AJ Brown in goal-to-go territory for the score. 28-17, Eagles.
This should be the part where I write that the Eagles coasted from there and controlled the clock while the Cowboys withered away, but I can’t. If you’re reading this, you most likely saw what happened. That was chaos. Little of it was clean, which makes the offensive play ball pick difficult enough, but the defensive play ball pick even more difficult.
Defense – Josh Sweat
And in reality, you can choose from a ton of options, with great plays and big stops, but then also mistakes and frustrating penalties everywhere.
The last 5-6 minutes of this game were a mess, but Sweat gets the nod here because his sack of Dak Prescott with 23 seconds left and no timeout for Dallas left the Cowboys in a mess they didn’t have time to recover from recover .
They ran a second-and-long play with the clock running instead of rushing it, leaving them with just one shot left when it turned into an incompletion, and then they were charged with a delay of game that put them a whopping 27 yards away from the game The Eagles knew they had to push for it, so they stayed behind.
It can be argued that Sweat’s sack was the nail in Dallas’ coffin and that the Cowboys drove it in themselves.
Football is strange.
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