Jul 22, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher (97) walks on to the field for training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Survive Their Own Stupidity, Beat The Eagles 17-3


Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) sack Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This was a crucial game for both teams, with the division lead on the line.  In what was expected to be an offensive battle turned out to be the exact opposite, we both defenses playing well.  The Cowboys tried extremely hard to lose this game, with stupid penalties all day on both sides of the ball. 

Thanks to good defensive play Dallas was able to over-come all the penalties and a Tony Romo interception at a crucial point in the game.  Without Demarcus Ware, the Dallas defense did a tremendous job of stopping the run and fending off the big pass plays that the Eagles were known for coming into this match-up.

On offense the Cowboys did a decent job of running the ball with Randle having a Murray type of game.  They blitzed the Cowboys often and it seemed that after halftime the Cowboys handled the pressure much better.  Terrance Williams continued his progression with another strong game and Dez Bryant was a huge factor as well.

Turning Point:  This could have easily been the second Romo interception, but with the defense being able to make a stand the turning point was the Cowboys next drive after the Eagles scored the field goal.  The Cowboys marched down the field for the game sealing touchdown.

Game Ball:   This should probably go to the defensive unit as a whole but you can not understate the play of Jason Hatcher.  He has been the key to this defense and he played another huge game.  Hatcher is the main-stay on a defensive line that has several nobodies playing key roles.

Whats Next:  The Cowboys travel to Detroit to play the Lions, this will be another big game for the Cowboys.  The Lions have a great offense and it will be interesting to see if the Dallas defense can build off of this game.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys Dez Bryant Jason Hatcher Terrance Williams Tony Romo

  • Big D Fan

    Still don’t understand why Dallas won’t run the ball more effectively. There were times in this game when they should have been running and they kept passing the ball. With the lead they go no back set at all and Romo kept missing on third downs and taking unnecessary sacks

    • TheJaikster

      I found that to be odd as well, all of the penalties were giving me heart palpitations. You could actually hear Romo in the huddle after a Ronald Leary false start in the second quarter yell ” No more stupid s*** fellas”. I couldn’t have agreed more with him.

      • JoeDaBeast

        Even though I agree the penalties get on my nerves, what irritates me even more is the need for Jake to double check his copy before publishing. Not misspelled words, but words that don’t belong, “an offensive battle turned out to be the exact opposite, we both defenses playing well” or “The blitzed the Cowboys often and it seemed that after halftime the Cowboys handled the pressure much better” or “Terrance Williams continued is progression with another strong game and Dez Bryant was a huge factor as well.”

        Just saying.

        • TheJaikster

          Won’t happen again Joe, thanks for the heads up!

          • JoeDaBeast

            If you need an assistant to do that, just let me know.