Contrary to previous warranties, the Philadelphia Eagles did not go into Dallas, win on “Sunday Night Football” and take control of the NFC East. In fact, it wasn’t even close.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson bookended the week leading up to Philly’s 37-10 prime-time loss to Dallas by making (and instantly walking back) a promise to beat the Cowboys and after that shouldering the blame for the lopsided defeat.
” I just seemed like I had a great deal of confidence in this football team,” Pederson informed reporters following the loss. “A lot of trust, a lot of faith in the men. We had a good week of preparation.
” Rather truthfully, after a game like this, we all have to step back, search in the mirror, specifically myself, it begins with me. This is one of those games that you know I take personal from that perspective. We didn’t play well, That’s individual on me. I’ve got to get that repaired.”
The Eagles left to an unpleasant start, losing 2 fumbles in the very first six minutes, both of which Dallas became touchdowns. Philadelphia never ever rebounded, giving up 27 points in the very first half and losing by that margin in the end.
For DeMarcus Lawrence, who assured to shut Pederson up, Sunday night was extra sweet. Not even if of the coach’s comments, however likewise those of Cowboys fans.
” It wasn’t just his remarks,” Lawrence informed NFL Network’s Jane Slater. “I view Twitter, I enjoy Instagram, so simply seeing the fans talking all this mess about I ain’t get no sacks on Lane (Johnson) and things. So it’s just more fuel to the fire. Just wanted to go out there and reveal the world what we made of.”
Lawrence went into Sunday without a sack versus Philadelphia in 9 tries however finally got his first in the first quarter, requiring a fumble of Prescott while doing so. Asked whether he still had words for Pederson after his big game, Lawrence let his play promote itself.
” Nah, it’s over. I seem like he got a statement today,” Lawrence told NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya. “So we’re gon na let him go sleep on it.”
Ezekiel Elliott, who ran over Philadelphia to the tune of 111 yards and a rating, spoke for the entire Cowboys locker space after transferring to 4-3 and into a one-game lead atop the department.
” We do not require another male to get us fired up,” Elliott informed press reporters. “It was just the energy here. The fans came out all set. As quickly as we came out on the field today in pregame warmups, I might feel energy from the crowd. So the fans got us pumped and we were pumped for this division video game.
” It’s NFC East football. What do you anticipate?”
Dallas goes into its bye in a comfy position in the NFC East, with a 3-0 department record and one win against each rival.
The very same can not be stated for 3-4 Philly who play Buffalo, Chicago, New England and Seattle over the next five weeks. How positive will the Eagles be after that stretch? There’s no assurance.