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Week 11 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 37, Dallas Cowboys 9
What you need to know
The Eagles in this game went run heavy after Carson Wentz
struggled in the first half and the Eagles never looked back as they utilized their three-headed monster of Jay Ajayi
, LeGarrette Blount
, and Corey Clement
to run for 215 yards in this game. The Eagles struggled through the air as they had a season-low of 168 yards passing in this game. The Eagles in the second half had very little reason to throw the ball as their offensive line dominated this Cowboys defense. Jason Kelce continues to be one of the best offensive linemen in football as he has been a big reason this running game has been as good as it has been.
The Cowboys struggled to their second straight anemic offensive showing against the Eagles in Week 11. While the run game had brief moments of viability with Alfred Morris
, the offensive line and Dak Prescott
struggled to create more positive plays than negative ones in the sound defeat to divisional foe Philadelphia. The field has shrunk for Dallas passing game with the erosion of the offensive line as Prescott continually looks within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage and took a bevy of hits in addition to pressure within the pocket. This was Prescott’s first game of three interceptions and only the fifth in 26 career games with a sub-60% completion rate. With the Chargers’ stingy defensive front on deck, Dallas has little time to fix their offensive line before another pressure-filled game in Week 12.
|QB Carson Wentz, 64 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 27 - 168 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 13 - 0|
started off strong in this game as he completed his first five passes in this game, however that quickly turned as he completed just 9 of his next 22 passes. Wentz did not look comfortable for most of the game and was high on a lot of his throws. One thing Wentz did well was he avoided pressure as he was able to use his feet to avoid sacks as he scrambled outside the pocket for several times throughout the game. Wentz has now thrown for under 225 yards in four of his last five games as this team is going to a run-first offense.
Blount saw the most snaps this week for the Eagles as he was on the field for 47% of the snaps this week. Prior to the fourth quarter, Blount had really struggled to get anything going in this game but was able to break a 30-yard run in which he cut two yards into the backfield to elude an oncoming defensive player.
|RB Jay Ajayi, 13 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 91 - 0, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (1 targets)|
Ajayi had a 71 yard rush on a trap play that was setup by Jason Kelce getting to the second level and blocking Anthony Hitchens. Ajayi was only on the field for 13 snaps which coming off the bye we had expected that Ajayi would be featured in a more prominent role in this offense.
Clement was on the field for 30% of the plays and appears to be continuing to fill the Darren Sproles
role in this offense as the speed change of pace back. While he only had six carries, Clement made the most of them as he averaged 8.3 yards per carry including an 11-yard touchdown run and conversion of the two-point conversion in the third quarter.
Jeffery made one of the best catches he has made all season in this game. On 4th and 5, Wentz threw the ball too high and wide, but Jeffery was able to make a spectacular diving catch that carried him into the end-zone. Outside of this catch, Jeffery was the primary receiver in this game as he was the primary read but was able to adapt to the inaccuracy of Wentz due to his size which is something other receivers were unable to do.
|WR Torrey Smith, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 28 - 1 (4 targets)|
played a possession type receiver in this game as he only averaged 9.3 yards per catch which was the lowest on the season. Slant over the middle for a touchdown made the catch in traffic taking a big hit after the catch. Smith continues to be a secondary option in this passing offense as he only saw four targets which was the most that he has seen since week 5.
Agholor was largely a non-factor in this game as he only had one catch for negative two yards. Agholor was on the field for 73% of the plays which was tied with Alshon Jeffery
for the most on this team but was just not able to get on the same page as Wentz this week as he only caught one of his five targets.
|TE Zach Ertz, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 8 - 0 (5 targets)|
Ertz was extremely disappointing in this game as he was largely a non-factor this week. Ertz was targeted five times but these were all short routes as Ertz still looked like he was not 100% in this game.
|QB Dak Prescott, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 31 - 145 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 10 - 0|
Prescott logged his second straight lackluster game and for the third time in the past month did not eclipse 200 yards through the air. With the game script turning negative by early in the second half, Prescott dealt with pressure much of the day, absorbing a number of big hit inside and outside the pocket. Of his career high three interceptions, one came on a tipped pass by Terrance Williams
which should have been caught, while the other two were squarely on Prescott for poor throws into coverage. Prescott also lost a fumble when stripped in the pocket, which was returned for a touchdown as Philadelphia pulled away in the second half, and Prescott was uncharacteristically inaccurate even on a handful of routine throws. Prescott did not finish the game as Cooper Rush
played out the final minutes of the blowout. In addition to the passing game woes, Prescott had his lowest rushing total of the season (10 yards) to cap off the disappointing game. Over the past four games, Prescott has two passing touchdowns with the Chargers strong defensive front up next.
Morris was the clear starter against the Eagles logging 17 touches and a strong snap share until the closing minutes of the blowout home loss. Morris’ success (91 yards), however, centered on a stretch in the third quarter and three runs overall totaling more than 60 yards. Morris enjoyed wide running lanes on those carries and struggled to create on his own without a clear path to the second level. Rod Smith
was the preferred passing option and Morris did not see any short-range touchdown opportunities. With an overall neutral rushing schedule remaining, Morris has a better matchup in Week 12 against the run defense of the Chargers.
|RB Rod Smith, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 11 - 0|
Smith logged decent snaps in the first half and notably converted a third down carry. However, Smith was a clear secondary option to Alfred Morris
and Dallas’ offensive line struggled once again to consistently pave running lanes outside of a singular stretch in the third quarter. Smith, like Alfred Morris
, is a fair weather runner who is only as good as his situation, which is subpar as Dallas offensive line struggles in the run and pass games to control the line of scrimmage.
|WR Dez Bryant, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 63 - 0 (14 targets)|
Bryant saw his most targets since Week 2, accounting for a gaudy 45% of the team total. However, Bryant struggled to find any big plays as Philadelphia tightly covered deeper routes and pinned Bryant into minimal yards-after-catch situations on short-range targets. Bryant added a third down drop this week and did not see any optimal touchdown opportunities. With Dallas’ offensive line struggling to protect Dak Prescott
, consistent deep passing work is a difficult task. Bryant’s Week 11 was indicative of his season overall as he is averaging less than 11 yards-per-catch and has not found the end zone in four games.
Despite a hearty seven targets for the ancillary receiver against the Eagles, Williams had a lackluster performance. Williams tipped a catchable pass leading to an interception plus dropped a routine intermediate route target. One of Dak Prescott
’s few quality throws this week did come in Williams’ direction on a rollout comeback route for much of Williams’ 35 yards. Williams’ production aligns with the viability of Prescott and the offensive line and outside of a Week 9 explosion for 141 yards, Williams has struggled in 2017, yet to find the end zone and Brice Butler
has made more impact on fewer snaps.
|WR Cole Beasley, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 7 - 0 (4 targets)|
Beasley has yet to surpass 40 yards in a game this season with another invisible performance in Week 11 against the Eagles. Beasley did not see a target until late in the second quarter and both of his catches were near the line of scrimmage. Beasley’s notable opportunity for an impact play came on third-and-long when Prescott airmailed a routine throw, one his most inaccurate passes on the day.
|TE Jason Witten, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)|
After a hot start to the season, the veteran tight end has eroded in role and impact over the past two months. Week 11 was a new low with a single target for Witten, which was a quick hitch route on the first offensive play for Dallas’ in the game.