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Any any other year the Eagles beat the Cowboys, fans would feel good about the victory, especially when the game determines 1st place in the division. However, this is not the case in this strange year, after an ugly 23-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys to bring the Eagles to 3-4-1 going into the bye week.
In some ways the win over a dead caucus of a Cowboys team was a microcosm of what the first half of the Eagles season so far. Carson Wentz played some of the worst football of his career with erratic play and 4 turnovers. Doug’s game management was very suspect. Yet, there were still some bright spots.
The Eagles won the game and remain in 1st place in the NFC East. There was great play from young players (Travis Fulgham, TJ Edwards, Jalen Reagor). Lastly, the defense stepped up to keep the Eagles in the game as the offense stuttered.
Here are my takeaways from the win over the Cowboys.
1. Carson Wentz’s struggles
This has been by far the worst season Wentz has ever had. There is nothing to compare it to. The interceptions and decision making are puzzling. Since his second year, he has never thrown more than 7 interceptions in a season, he has already thrown 12.
Wentz ranks 30th in the NFL in passer rating, 31st in completion percentage, 27th in QBR, and leads the league in turnovers.
At times, he has shown flashes of brilliance, in leading the Eagles to thrilling 4th quarter comeback victories over the giants and 49ers. He also played great football against a top defense in the Baltimore Ravens and nearly captured a huge upset.
There has been no middle ground or average Carson. It has simply been either bad Carson or good Carson. A true case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. If we see good Carson in the 2nd half, the Eagles may bring a scare to a wide- open NFC.
2. The Eagles play down to their competition