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.

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

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