Behind Enemy Lines – Injury Decimation in Week 2

Week 2 was a mixed bag of emotions for non-Eagle NFC East fans as injuries are starting to shape the landscape of the NFL but there was also one very impressive comeback victory that could cost the Eagles dearly down the road.

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys managed to achieve a miraculous home win (39 – 40) against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as they trailed by as much as 20 points at the end of the 1st quarter, after having fumbled 4 times in that time. Dallas was able to start turning things around in the second quarter and slowly chip away at the score. Coach Mike McCarthy stayed aggressive throughout the game and despite 2 failed fake punts and a failed 2 point conversion, managed to get his team to within 9 points (39-30) with just less than 3 minutes left in the game. After his team scored yet again, McCarthy remained aggressive and called for an onside kick which appeared to confuse Falcons Special Teams Players and so the Cowboys were able to recover the ball. This in turn led to a 46 yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein as time expired and sealed the victory for the NFC East team. Dak Prescott had a record setting day, becoming the first QB in NFL history to pass for 400 yards and rush for 3 TDs in a single game.

What makes the Cowboys victory even more impressive was that they achieved it without star Left Tackle Tyron Smith (Neck) who appeared on the inactive report and did not suit up on Sunday. Midway through this week, Smith is being listed as “questionable” for Dallas’ next game. Cornerbacks CB Chidobe Awuzie (Hamstring) and Anthony Brown (Ribs) are not going to play this weekend. Injuries worth monitoring are DE DeMarcus Lawrence who picked up a knee injury and is currently listed as “questionable” as well as CB Trevon Diggs who missed Wednesday practice with a shoulder injury.

The Cowboys face off against the 2-0 Seahawks in Seattle this coming Sunday. The west coast team held on to beat the Cam Newton led Patriots 30-35 on Sunday Night. Russell Wilson had a fantastic performance with 288 yards passing (21/28) and 5 TDs. In his first 2 games this season, he only has 11 incompletions on 63 attempts and 9 TDs. WR Phillip Dorsett was placed on IR on Tuesday. OT Cedric Ogbuehi and DE Rasheem Green did not suit up against New England and are currently listed as “questionable”. The following players are also listed as “questionable”: TE Will Dissly (Achilles), T Duane Brown (Knee), DE Benson Mayowa (Groin), DT Jarran Reed (Back), LB Cody Barton (Quadriceps), CB Neiko Thorpe (Hip) and CB Quinton Dunbar (Knee). CB Tre Flowers and S Jamal Adams both dislocated fingers on Sunday but Coach Pete Carol expects them to play. Finally, S Marquise Blair and LB Bruce Irvin suffered torn ACLs in the same game so are not going to be playing.

Injuries are starting to affect teams across the league and could be a determining factor as to who wins this matchup however, the Prescott vs Wilson faceoff remains the key battle to watch in Seattle.

New York Giants

The Giants lost 13-17 in Chicago on Sunday. QB Daniel Jones did not play well. He threw for 241 yards, 0 TDs and 1 interception as well as losing a fumble. Despite the loss, the defense looked good at times. They got 4 sacks on Mitch Trubisky and picked him off twice. New York found themselves down 17 points going into the s