3 Studs (and 2 Duds) From Cowboys' Week 9 Loss to Eagles

• CeeDee Lamb did all he could

• Mike McCarthy continues to struggle with time management

• Dak Prescott deserved a W

Studs and duds from Cowboys vs Eagles in Week 9.
Studs and duds from Cowboys vs Eagles in Week 9. / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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Stud: Dak Prescott, Quarterback

If anyone tries to pin this loss on Prescott, they clearly didn't watch the game.

Prescott played about as well as anyone could. Not only was he facing the NFC East-leading Eagles — who have just one loss on the season — but he also wasn't getting much help at all in the run game. Dallas finished with just 73 yards on the ground, leading to far too many dropbacks for Prescott.

Even so, he still managed to throw for 374 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. He was connecting on one critical play after another and somehow gave his team a shot to win after it appeared all hope was lost.

Down 28-23, the Cowboys forced a punt but then had to start at their own 14-yard line with just 46 seconds to go. To make it tougher, there were no timeouts left.

Prescott still got them all the way down to the Philly six, but that was when the offensive line fell apart. First, it was a false start from Tyler Smith, moving them back five yards. Then, Terence Steele was beaten — something that happened all game long — and Prescott was sacked for an 11-yard loss. That was the third time in the final three minutes he was sacked and in each of those instances, he was hit nearly as soon as he got the ball.

There will be those who point to Prescott missing the 2-point conversion when he stepped out of bounds, but in the end, they wouldn't have been close without him as he gave absolutely everything he had in this game.

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