In the biggest game of the season, the Dallas Cowboys found a way to conquer the Philadelphia Eagles, mere days after the Eagles embarrassed the Cowboys at home on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys entered the game on the outside looking in and left the game as the division leader with only two games remaining.
The Cowboys are far from a lock to clinch a playoff spot, and will still need to beat both Andrew Luck and the playoff bound Colts, and the Washington Redskins, who have already bested the boys once. Analysis and improvement is required as these Cowboys look to keep the momentum going as they charge closer to the playoffs.
Here are game notes and observations from last night’s enormous win in Philly:
Inside blitzing and creative stunting were all working for the Cowboys but they seemed to get a little more conservative defensively as the game progressed. It’s a natural reaction after building a lead, but it almost cost the Cowboys in a big way.
Dec 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) scores a touchdown and is congratulated by center Travis Frederick (72) during the second half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-27. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
C Travis Frederick had his best game of the year. In a generally down year for Frederick, it was good to see him play so well against such great competition. If he can continue his play, this line could be unstoppable.
The O-line missed a lot of back-side blocks, allowing DeMarco Murray to be chased down from behind on multiple occasions. The Cowboys need to be mindfull of a speed blitzer on the backside or Murray may find himself getting hit from behind when his ball security is at its worst.
Brandon “Mutha Flipping” Carr. He’s just so damn bad I’m sick of wasting time grading his play. He really is one of the worst CBs in the league. No excuses for his play. He’s untalented and makes foolish mistakes. Not much else can be said.
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