Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Cowboys
The Philadelphia Eagles went to Dallas and laid an egg. This game got out of hand in a hurry and the Cowboys dominated from start to finish to embarrass the Eagles 41-21.
The offense never got into any kind of rhythm and the defense could not get off the field. It's a bad combination that typically leads to losses and this was a bad one in the national spotlight of Monday Night Football.
However, it fortunately only counts as one loss and the Eagles will have a chance at revenge in the rematch late in the season. For now, this one stings and the report card reflects an awful performance. Pretty much any player not listed did do enough to contribute and/or earned an 'F' as well.
Javon Hargrave - Hargrave's push up the middle steered his man into Prescott and forced him to move in the pocket. That's when Cox got to Prescott and eventually recovered the fumble for a touchdown. Hargrave coupled with Cox to create some issues up the middle, but not nearly enough of them. Hargrave finished with six tackles including two sacks, one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hits.
Fletcher Cox - Cox had a huge fumble recovery for a touchdown in the endzone. Unfortunately his defense did very little the rest of the game. Cox was generating some pressure up the middle with Javon Hargrave. He rarely generates much in the stat column but his presence on the field does a lot to free up some of his teammates to make some plays.
Jalen Hurts - Hurts was asked to do way too much in this game. He dropped back to pass on almost every snap. Hurts also had little to no protection from his offensive line. He threw two interceptions in this game including a pick six. Those turnovers cannot happen. Hurts completed 25 of 39 passes for 326 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also added nine carries for 35 yards.
Nick Sirianni - Sirianni appeared to go into this game without any kind of game plan. The offensive play calling looked to be what Jeffery Lurie wanted simply pass, pass, pass. There was never any rhythm on offense and no commitment to attempt to run the ball. In the first half they ran just 18 plays. 12 of them were pass plays with only six rushing attempts. That trend continued in the second half. In fact, the Eagles rushed just six times in the second half. They played right into the Cowboys hand and let them dictate the flow of the game. Penalties are also a constant problem. It is showing a lack of discipline and accountability and when it is a consistent problem that falls squarely on the coaching staff to hold players accountable. The Eagles finished with 13 penalties for 86 yards.
Offensive Line - I saw a different offensive line in this game than I did in the first two games. Andre Dillard and Landon Dickerson filled in for Jordan Mailata and Brandon Brooks respectively and there was a noticeable difference. Dickerson got beat for a sack. Dillard was getting beat as well. It all led to very little time to survey the field for Jalen Hurts. Insult to injury in the second half when Isaac Seumalo left the game with a foot injury. Suddenly what was once one of their biggest strengths is quickly becoming their biggest weakness.
Jonathan Gannon - Gannon's defense did very little to interrupt anything the Cowboys wanted to do on offense. They ran it 41 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns. They also gashed the Eagles through the air passing 26 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Gannon's defense did have a couple of bright spots but they were few and far between. Fletcher Cox recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. They also managed to stop the Cowboys on fourth and goal. Penalties are also a problem. For the third week in a row penalties created issues for this defense. It shows a lack of discipline and accountability. Coaches need to squash the penalties and hold the players accountable for the damage they do to the rest of the team.