A must-win game in October? Cowboys follow through – Dallas Cowboys Blog


ARLINGTON, Texas — If ever a team needed a game like Sunday, it was the Dallas Cowboys.

A three-game losing streak ruined what were good feelings from the Cowboys’ 3-0 start. Doubt, at least from the exterior, was starting to creep in, especially after last week’s loss to the winless New York Jets, focusing questions on coach Jason Garrett’s future, the offense’s effectiveness and the worthiness of the defense.

Sunday’s 37-10 win against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium could be the jump start the Cowboys needed.

The defense forced fumbles on the Cowboys’ first two drives that the offense turned into two touchdowns. In a span of three plays in the fourth quarter, Dallas intercepted Carson Wentz (Xavier Woods) and recovered a fumble by the Eagles quarterback (Kerry Hyder).

The Cowboys (4-3) were the only team in the NFL not to start a possession inside opposing territory in the first six weeks of the season. They had four Sunday and scored touchdowns three times, including an 8-yard run by Dak Prescott in which he set the franchise record for touchdown runs by a quarterback with 21. Hall of Famer Roger Staubach had 20.

The offense was efficient. Ezekiel Elliott ran for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys steamrolled a run defense that was ranked second in the NFL entering the game. Aside from one play in which offensive coordinator Kellen Moore got greedy in the fourth quarter, Prescott was smart with the ball and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Blake Jarwin.

Oh, and Brett Maher became the first kicker in NFL history with three field goals of at least 60 yards, making a franchise-record 63-yarder on the final play of the first half.

The Cowboys head to their Week 8 bye with a 3-0 NFC East record. Considering the Cowboys’ remaining schedule contains five games against teams with .500 records or better and a return trip to Philadelphia in December, this was as close to a must win as an October meeting could be.

Source : ESPN