Dallas Cowboys defeat Philadelphia Eagles, 37-17
A 14-3 Eagles lead turned into a 37-17 Cowboys blowout thanks to a big game from Andy Dalton and the passing attack (and Fletcher Cox leaving injured). It took until Week 16, but Sunday marked the first time this season all three Dallas wide receivers had a big game together, with Amari Cooper dropping a late TD ruining each of them scoring. The Cowboys completed the most 50+ yard passes (three) in an NFL game this season, matching their previous season total (while relentlessly picking on Michael Jacquet). Remarkably, the 990 combined yards were easily the most ever in the rivalry (127 games).
Dalton’s huge game was mostly a reminder of what could have been had Dak Prescott not gotten injured, as both Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb scored twice, with the rookie wideout adding a rushing score to go along with one of the easier TDs of the season ... A late 31-yard run helped Ezekiel Elliott break 100 yards, as he actually outplayed Tony Pollard (1.3 YPC) but was frustratingly bypassed at the goal line at times (teams pass far too often in GL situations in general).
Miles Sanders didn’t have an eruption game against a Dallas team that’s allowing the most YPC and rushing yards in football, but he scored, dominated work in Philly’s backfield, and encouragingly saw six targets. While mobile quarterbacks typically help running backs improve their YPC, they also tend not to throw to them much, so hopefully, Jalen Hurts isn’t the same (although he will clearly bring the problem of stealing touchdown runs).
Hurts committed three turnovers (although his lost fumble late makes you wonder why instant replay exists, as it couldn’t have been clearer his knee was down) and has plenty of growing pains ahead, but to say his fantasy future is bright would be an understatement. The rookie quarterback appeared to enjoy having a deep threat, as DeSean Jackson is getting 81 yards per target with Hurts starting at QB this season. I’m going to be drafting Hurts silly high in 2021 Superflex leagues.
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