Yes, it was that kind of night for the Eagles, who were beaten up on Monday night in front of 93,267 fans at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys? Well, they’re in first place in the NFC East all by themselves at 2-1 with a banged-up 3-0 Carolina Panthers team coming to town Sunday. How bad was it for the Eagles? Well, the following offensive starters, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, CeeDee Lamb and Tony Pollard (yes, he’s a starter) didn’t finish the game because it was out of reach.
After three weeks, the Cowboys are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East. It’s early. You can’t really say the Cowboys are going to run away with things, but it’s apparent as we head into October that the Cowboys are the best team in the division with a quality victory over the LA Chargers in Week 2, an impressive showing in the season-opening loss to Tampa Bay and a convincing victory over the Eagles on Monday night. This three-game homestand features two divisional games. The Cowboys have already beaten the Eagles, and in two weeks they face the winless New York Giants.
If you had any questions about who is the Cowboys’ No. 1 cornerback, look no further than Trevon Diggs. The second-year man picked off another pass, his third of the season, and this one put the game out of reach. Diggs picked off a Jalen Hurts pass on the first possession of the second half and took it back 59 yards for a touchdown. It gave the Cowboys a 27-7 lead with 14:07 left in the second half. Diggs is the first Cowboys player with three INTs in the first three weeks of the season since Everson Walls in 1985. Diggs finished with three pass breakups along with two tackles on the evening.
The Cowboys continued their 1-2 punch of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. When the game was over, the pair combined for 155 yards 28 carries and two touchdowns. Elliott took over the running attack gaining 95 yards on 17 carries with the two first-half touchdowns. Dallas Cowboys He also caught three passes for 21 yards. When the Cowboys were putting the game away, it was Elliott taking over, just like old times. Elliott didn’t need 20 to 25 carries to make an impact, either. The Cowboys offensive line was pretty dominant giving him running lanes to take control. There was a stretch where both runners took over a series to keep both players fresh.
With rush ends DeMarcus Lawrence (toe) and Dorance Armstrong (ankle) out with health issues, the Cowboys asked first-round pick Micah Parsons to play defensive end for a second consecutive week. Parsons finished with four tackles for the night, including a nice tackle on quarterback Jalen Hurts who tried to scoot out the pocket on a Run-Pass Option. Parsons was matched up against tackles Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson. He did it standing and in the three-point stance. When Lawrence returns, the experience Parsons is getting on the pass rush will be valuable. Parsons also added a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup. He scared team officials when he left the game for two snaps in the fourth quarter when he was popped by Eagles running back Kenneth Gainwell on a pass play.