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Week 16 Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys 9, Philadelphia Eagles 17
What you need to know
Dallas produced a clunky game on the road against the Eagles, sputtering on offense to a mere nine points and a myriad of drops through the air. Dak Prescott
was notably wild on a number of throws and offered minimal as a runner uncharacteristically. Ezekiel Elliott
was held in check until the second half but was peppered as a receiver in Dallasí comeback effort. Amari Cooper
contributed his second straight poor game, this time on a hearty 12 targets as Michael Gallup
, while spotty himself, nearly hit 100 yards. Dallas is now on the outside looking in for a playoff berth, needing their own win and an Eagles loss in Week 17.
The Eagles put themselves in the NFC East title driverís seat with a home win over Dallas. Carson Wentz
, still working with a depleted wide receiver corps, used his mobility, tight ends, and Miles Sanders
to the tune of more than 300 yards and no turnovers. Sanders exceled yet again with Jordan Howard
out of the lineup for more than 150 total yards and dynamic highlights regularly. Dallas Goedert
was the consistent pass target with a team-high 91 yards and 12 targets with Zach Ertz
missing a chunk of the game following a huge hit on a red zone target.
|QB Dak Prescott, 62 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 44 - 265 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0|
Prescott played through a shoulder injury in the divisional showdown in Philadelphia to a poor performance overall. Dallasí run game, especially in the first half, offered minimal balance for Dallasí offense, which could not stay on the field. Prescott finally came alive with a bomb to Michael Gallup
for more than 40 yards in the second quarter. Dallas moved the ball in the second half but settling for field goals and squandering opportunities was the watchword for Prescott through the air. Prescott had two critical overthrown passes, once towards a wide-open Amari Cooper
on third down and a deep shot to Tavon Austin
for a likely touchdown.
|RB Ezekiel Elliott, 60 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 47 - 0, Rec: 7 - 37 - 0 (7 targets)|
Elliott was firmly held in check early in the game, amassing all of one rushing yard by the middle of the second quarter. Elliott surged in the second half as Dallasí offense came alive, with Elliott eluding defenders and churning yards after contact regularly. Dallas shifted to a pass-first approach in the comeback effort, however, and Elliott did not sniff the end zone with any point-blank opportunities. Elliott hauled in seven receptions, his high mark of the season.
Pollard barely saw the field against the Eagles and was stuffed on both of his carries, including losing a fumble on the second attempt. Ezekiel Elliott
dominated snaps after Pollardís fumble in the road loss to the Eagles.
Gallup surged past 1,000 yards on the season with a big-play-infused performance against the Eagles. Gallup hauled in a contested long target for more than 40 yards as Dallasí first impact play in the game, but Gallupís potential monster performance was marred by two dropped by the second-year receiver and a fourth-down end zone target in the closing minutes tipped away. The official review also did not deem defensive pass interference on the play.
|WR Randall Cobb, 48 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 73 - 0 (7 targets)|
As Amari Cooper
and Jason Witten
struggled against the Eagles, Cobb had his best game in more than a month, consistently winning down the seam. Cobb had most of his production in the fourth quarter as Dallas was in clear comeback mode with three chunk receptions. Cobb added two drops preventing a potential 100-yard game as well as adding a fourth-and-long connection with Dak Prescott
among his notable contributions.
|WR Amari Cooper, 46 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 24 - 0 (12 targets)|
Cooper saw a hearty 12 targets against the Eagles. Even with a depleted secondary, Cooper struggled with tight coverage, a third-down drop, and Dak Prescot airmailing Cooper on a wide-open third down target to a poor performance. Cooper did not get into the box score until almost halftime and two of his receptions were inconsequential short hitch routes. Cooperís second half of the season has been marred by three clunker games totaling 43 yards between the Patriots, Rams, and now the Eagles game over a five-week span.
|TE Jason Witten, 49 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)|
Witten was a non-factor against the Eagles, seeing a mere three targets and both of his catches failing to move the chains. Witten also added a dropped pass as Dallasí passing game struggled overall. Witten surpassed 500 receiving yards for the 15th straight season he has played in the NFL with this weekís production.
|TE Blake Jarwin, 19 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)|
Jarwin saw just one target in the road loss to Philadelphia, his lowest total since Week 9. Jarwin corralled a deep out target for a chunk gain as Jason Witten
struggled to offer impact this week.
|QB Carson Wentz, 72 offensive snaps, Pass: 31 - 40 - 319 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 22 - 0|
Wentz was in full playmaker mode with the myriad of wide receiver injuries entering the game and Zach Ertz
missing a chunk of the contest in-game against Dallas. Wentz posted a highlight throw down the middle to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
on the opening play of the game and three other highlight plays -all to Dallas Goedert
Ė spanning the rest of the game. The Eagles controlled the game with their defense and playmaking running back Miles Sanders
, but Wentz was at his best with a high-point touchdown to Dallas Goedert
and later a huge back-shoulder play with the game still in doubt in the closing minutes. The wide receiver position is not getting healthier down the stretch for the Eagles, but Wentz has the team positioned for an NFC East title entering Week 17.
|RB Miles Sanders, 59 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 79 - 1, Rec: 5 - 77 - 0 (6 targets)|
Sanders surged past 150 total yards for a second straight week as the rookie continues to rise since Jordan Howard
has missed time with injury. Sanders was dynamic with his cuts, regularly eluding the initial defender in space for additional yardage both as a runner as receiver. Sanders in the passing game has been a shot in the arm for an Eagles offense depleted with wide receiver injuries and Sanders added a wheel route for more than 25 yards this week. Sanders could have added an additional touchdown and 20 more yards on the ground to his tally if not for going down on a game-breaking run into the open field in the closing minutes to secure the home win. While firmly a committee and part-time player for the first half of the season, Sanders has still surpassed 1,200 total yards on the season as a high impact rookie.
|RB Boston Scott, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 12 - 0, Rec: 6 - 7 - 0 (6 targets)|
Scott saw only nine touches as Miles Sanders
stole the show for the Eagles backfield with another high-level game. Scott saw six targets but was stuffed on all but one reception. On a positive note, Scott had two quality kick returns this week as the Eagles secured the home divisional win and advantage heading into the season finale.
|WR Greg Ward, 51 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0, Rec: 4 - 71 - 0 (5 targets)|
Ward saw only five targets as Miles Sanders
and Dallas Goedert
were central figures in the Eaglesí passing game in the home win over Dallas. However, Ward got loose down the sideline for more than 30 yards on his most notable reception and added two valuable third-down catches, one setting up a field goal, among his contributions. All of Wardís 211 yards on the season have come over the past five games as the Eagles wide receiver corps has amassed a critical level of injuries on the season.
Arcega-Whiteside hauled in both of his early-game targets from Carson Wentz
in the home win over Dallas. The rookie collected a stick throw over the middle for more than 25 yards and later on the opening drive converted a third down with a rollout pass. Arcega-Whiteside did not see another target as Miles Sanders
, Dallas Goedert
, and Greg Ward
were notable receiving options for the Eagles.
With Zach Ertz
missing a chunk of the home win over Dallas with injury, Goedert rose to the occasion as the lead tight end. Goedert corralled a high-point touchdown, absorbing a hit and holding on through contact in the end zone. Goedert churned out after-the-catch yardage regularly with a broken tackle and a called-back-by-penalty screen for 15+ yards. Goedert and Carson Wentz
connected on a huge back-shoulder reception in the fourth quarter and the pair essentially iced the game with a rollout reception in the final minute. This was by far Goedertís best statistically game of the season and the second-year tight end surpassed 50 receptions and 500 yards with his standout performance this week.
|TE Zach Ertz, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 28 - 0 (6 targets)|
Ertz missed a chunk of the game with a rib injury, taking a huge hit as he extended for a red zone target. Ertz was held in check by Dallasí defense with a red zone slant as the only noteworthy contribution by the veteran tight end. Ertz, if healthy and active in Week 17ís game to clinch the division for the Eagles, has a chance to surpass 1,000 yards on the season.