Philadelphia Eagles take down the Dallas Cowboys
The dream season continues for the Philadelphia Eagles after knocking off one of their biggest rivals on Sunday evening. The Eagles pulled off the 26-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field to remain undefeated and in first place in the NFC East.
The Eagles found themselves up 20-0 at one point, before the Cowboys started to mount a comeback. Unfortunately for Dallas’ fans, they were only able to score 17 against an Eagles defense that had three interceptions on the night. The Cowboys were left more than frustrated.
“A lot of highs and lows,” said Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons following the loss, via DallasCowboys.com. “It’s just more frustrating because I really feel like we beat ourselves, and you play back on the mistakes that I made and some other guys might have made and just know we could play a much cleaner football game. That’s the frustrating part.
“We just told ourselves, and I told them, ‘We’re too good to beat ourselves and we’re too good to try to make a play.’ The play is going to come to us. We’re too good. We’ve just got to win our one-on-ones. And sometimes in games like this we tend to try to do more just to make that splash play or something like that. We’ve just all got to take accountability, watch this film and get better from it.”
Despite being the only remaining undefeated team in the entire NFL, the Eagles are still just one game up on the New York Giants for top spot in the NFC East. The Giants are now 5-1 after an impressive win over the Baltimore Ravens in week six, meaning Philadelphia cannot afford to rest on their laurels. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni downplayed the early season success though, suggesting teams are still trying to figure things out.
“Teams are either coming together or they’re not, and this team is coming together, and they fight each week,” said Sirianni, via NFL.com. “The motivation of not letting your teammate down — coach to player, player to coach, player to player, coach to coach – that’s just love, right? There is no greater motivation than that. This is a close team, and we’re going to keep working on getting closer and keep working on getting better.”
The Eagles struggled to start the campaign last year but did ultimately squeak into the playoffs.
“I think being 2-5 (to start last season) did a lot for this team,” Sirianni continued. “Not everybody was involved with that 2-5, I get it, but a big part of the meat and potatoes of this team was involved in that, and they just kept coming to work. All we wanted to do was improve daily, and get better, and get better, and get better. You do that by practicing harder. The best teams that I’ve been on have the common denominator that they practice hard, they walk-through hard, they meet hard; then you get this trajectory of where you’re building and building and building.”
Philadelphia will get some time to enjoy Sunday’s victory and will remain undefeated for at least another week as they have a bye in week seven. They will be in action next on October 30th, when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lincoln Financial Field.