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Cowboys Survive Overtime Thriller Versus Eagles – Week 8 Recap

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Cowboys Show Resiliency After Facing Fourth Quarter Deficit

The highly anticipated mid-season match up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys lived up to the hype. For the first time in the decorated history between the two franchises, each team had a rookie quarterback commanding their offenses. Dallas showed great resiliency as Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to a thrilling 29-23 overtime victory over Carson Wentz and the Eagles.

This was an evenly matched game in which each team possessed the football for at least 33 minutes. The Eagles offense lacked big plays, but were efficient in the short game. With a notable edge in special teams play by Philadelphia, they were able to setup the Eagles’ offense with solid field position throughout the game.

Rookie quarterback, Carson Wentz had an average performance on the field. Wentz completed 32 out of 43 pass attempts for 202 yards and a touchdown. Of Wentz’s eleven incompletions, six were dropped. The receivers for the Eagles struggled to haul in passes over the middle and it occurred numerous times throughout the night. Failing to establish a trusting connection with receivers down field limited the effectiveness for Philadelphia’s offense.

The Eagles running backs combined for 100 rushing yards off of 23 carries, most of the damage coming from Darren Sproles with 86 rushing yards. The Eagles were most effective when they were able to get Sproles in open space. With his speed and agility, he was able to cut quickly and make the Dallas defenders miss as he had a solid game on the ground. It seems like Sproles has become the featured back in Philadelphia over Ryan Mathews. Sproles fits the scheme better and has more upside in the passing game.

In his second divisional game at home, Dak Prescott was struggling for the better part of the game. However, Prescott and the Cowboys turned it around in the second half. Prescott completed 19 out of 39 pass attempts for 287 yards, two touchdowns, and a drive killing interception in the end zone early in the game. Prescott still had a decent day, but showed his rookie status in this match up.

Cowboys star wide out, Dez Bryant was back and he made a splash. Bryant caught four passes for 113 yards and the game tying touchdown pass from Prescott late in the fourth. Bryant was greatly missed and showed why he’s a top receiver in the league. Ezekiel Elliott had another solid game, but not a huge one. He was held to just 96 yards off of 22 carries. This ended his four game streak of at least 130 rushing yards.

The Cowboys entered the 4th quarter facing a 10 point deficit. The defense was going to have show some resiliency if they were going to have a chance to comeback in the game. Early in the 4th, the Eagles committed a terrible mistake that supplied Dallas with life. Eagles running back, Wendell Smallwood, fumbled the ball on his lone carry of the night on Philadelphia’s side of the field. That turnover ended up with the Cowboys adding three points onto the scoreboard following a 49 yard field goal by Dan Bailey.

Crunch time was coming and the Eagles were driving. Philadelphia was in field goal range with a 3rd and short. They ran the ball with Sproles and Cowboys linebacker, Sean Lee made the game’s biggest tackle by getting to Sproles in the backfield for a loss of yards. That tackle knocked the Eagles just out of field goal range and they were forced to punt. The Dallas defense played with passion and strong resiliency the entire fourth quarter.

The Cowboys and Eagles couldn’t get it done in regulation, so overtime was evident. The Cowboys won the toss and elected to receive. Through perseverance and continuity, the Cowboys were able to orchestrate a long drive to win the game. Jason Garrett made a gutsy call while Dallas had a 4th and 1 in field goal range to go for it and try to end the game. The Cowboys ran with Prescott and earned the first down. The most electrifying play of the night game on the last throw. Prescott dropped back and was immediately rushed out of the pocket. While scrambling to his left he scanned the field for a target. Eventually, Prescott found a wide open Jason Witten in the middle of the end zone for the game winner.

Dak Prescott has the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC with a 6-1 record, 2-1 within the NFC East division. It was another classic Dallas and Philadelphia contest that left viewers on the edge of their seats. The two teams will meet one more time this season in Philadelphia in week 17.