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5 winners and 3 losers from the Eagles’ 37-9 win over the Cowboys on ‘Sunday Night Football’

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It was a slow first half for the Eagles, but they came roaring back in the second half.

The Cowboys were missing Ezekiel Elliott and left tackle Tyron Smith. The Eagles came into Sunday Night Football in Dallas as the team to beat in the NFC. They hold on to that status after Sunday’s 37-9 win.

The Eagles offense had a hard time getting rolling, but once it did, Philadelphia was able to run away with the game. The Eagles improve to 9-1 and still hold the top spot in the NFC East. The Cowboys drop to 5-5 with the loss.

The offensive line actually kept Dak Prescott upright. It was a departure from the week before, when it allowed the Falcons to sack Prescott eight times. Perhaps the linemen took the scolding Jerry Jones gave them to heart, because they cut that number in half and allowed four sacks on Sunday. But Jerry’s still not going to be happy, because Dallas’ offense couldn’t get much done against the Eagles.

Here are the winners and losers from Sunday night’s game.

WINNER: The Eagles defense

The defense carried the entire team through the first half, and it was the opportunistic play that kept the Cowboys reeling throughout the game. The defense picked off Prescott three times, and Nigel Bradham also recovered a Prescott fumble.

The Eagles kept the Cowboys out of the end zone for the entire game, holding them to three Mike Nugent field goals. All of those came in the first half. The nine points Philadelphia allowed is dramatically less than the 25.9 points per game the Cowboys have averaged this season.

LOSER: Dak Prescott

This was one of the worst games we’ve seen Prescott play. He finished 18-of-31 with 145 yards, three picks, a lost fumble, and no touchdowns.

Prescott was under pressure consistently from the Eagles, and he cracked under it. His timing was off. His turnovers would have been more costly, except that the Eagles couldn’t turn them into points in the first half. But Nigel Bradham’s 37-yard scoop-and-score on a Prescott fumble in the fourth quarter just added more salt in the Cowboys’ wounds.

WINNER: The Cowboys run game without Ezekiel Elliott

There’s a bit of a drop-off in talent from Elliott to everyone else on the Cowboys running back depth chart. Plus, the Eagles had Darren McFadden sidelined as a healthy scratch for Sunday. But the Cowboys still had a strong showing against an Eagles defense that came into this week ranked No. 1 in the NFL and giving up just 66.4 yards per game.

It was clear that the Cowboys were committed to trying to balance out the offense, even with Elliott out. Prescott threw the ball 31 times, and a combination of Alfred Morris, Rod Smith, and Prescott had 27 carries. Morris had 91 yards on the ground. It wasn’t enough to keep the Cowboys competitive, but it wasn’t bad against a stout Eagles front.

LOSER: Eagles offense in the first half

The Eagles were able to score on their first possession but came up short on every other drive before the half. Jake Elliott missed a 32-yard field goal attempt before being pulled from the game with a concussion, and every other possession for the Eagles before intermission ended in a punt. They went into halftime trailing the Cowboys 9-7.

WINNER: Eagles offense in the second half

Talk about halftime adjustments. This looked like a completely different Eagles team in the second half. The Eagles scored on every single possession after the half up until their next-to-last one, when they were already up 37-9.

Play-calling was phenomenal after the half. And Wentz threw for just 168 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. But the Eagles’ run game was nearly unstoppable. They put up 215 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Jay Ajayi had 71 of those rushing yards on this one carry:

It was the longest gain of his career, and it was only the sheer athleticism of Byron Jones that kept him out of the end zone.

WINNER: Kamu Grugier-Hill, the Eagles’ emergency kicker

With Jake Elliott out with a head injury, the Eagles had to turn to linebacker and ace special teamer Kamu Grugier-Hill to take over. Doug Pederson opted to avoid field-goal and PAT attempts. But Grugier-Hill did just fine on kickoff duty:

Even when he had to kick from 15 yards back thanks to a penalty, he still landed it near the 20-yard line. Not bad!

LOSER: Everyone who wanted to see Grugier-Hill attempt PATs or FGs

Come on, Doug Pederson. This would have been fun.

WINNER: The Eagles on two-point attempts

Going for two every time actually worked out great for the Eagles. That was due in part to some pretty creative play designs from Pederson. This one, a successful attempt from Wentz to Corey Clement, stacked four wide on the right side:

The Eagles converted three of four attempts. You can’t argue with that.

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