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Around the NFC East: Dallas Cowboys show off plenty of holes

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Around the NFC East: Dallas Cowboys show off plenty of holes

Each week, we'll take a look at how the Eagles’ division rivals fared the previous weekend (SPOILER ALERT: the Eagles are the best) and what they have upcoming. In Week One of the NFL season, Washington’s offense was powered by a couple of 2012 Pro Bowlers, Dak Prescott looked like the same guy we knew (and loved) in 2017, and the Giants have a talented running back for the first time since Tiki Barber retired...which still wasn’t enough to keep Eli from throwing the game away.

Here’s what happened, and what’s happening, this week in the NFC East:

Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

ICYMI: Despite an awful redzone turnover by the Panthers early on, the Cowboys offense was never able to get going and Jason Garrett’s squad rolled over and died in Carolina, dropping the opener 16-8 (yawn).  Cam Newton did Cam Newton things, rushing for a touchdown and 58 yards overall, and the Cowboys didn’t get onto the board till halfway through the 4th quarter. Newton is awesome, as is the Carolina defense, but ‘dem Boys really weren’t very inspiring throughout, no matter what Jerry Jones tries to sell you.

Also, shout-out to Super Bowl 52 Champion Torrey Smith, who had one catch for 15 yards on two targets. Torrey, thank you for your service. At this point, you remain better than Mike Wallace (and every single Cowboys wide receiver, for the record).

The Cowboys actually had a chance to send this one into overtime, with the ball and under two-minutes to play. But then Dak Prescott, the quarterback who is NOT Carson Wentz (or Nick Foles, for that matter) was sacked and fumbled, putting this one on ice. You know who they probably could have used? DEZ BRYANT OR JASON WITTEN. Or, y’kno, a slightly more competent quarterback. 

Positive Spin: Hmmm… well the defense held Cam and Co. to 16 points. By the Jim Johnson rule, that’s typically enough to get the win. Also, it was a road game, so the built-in excuses are there if you look for them. 

Negative Spin: For a deep-dive into why and how the Cowboys are a bunch of clowns, check out Kulp’s piece from earlier this week. In short, this franchise is run about as well as Papa John’s PR department. 

The legendary Dallas O-line, which has seemingly lost more original members than The Aquabats, allowed Prescott to be sacked a half-dozen times (something Dak won’t have to contend with a year from now when he’s a back-up on the Titans). Prescott himself went 19-of-29 for 170 yards, which is not the sort of numbers that will get you a contract extension. All in all, it was more-of-the-same from the man who took a big step back in 2017.

And for those of us who put “Trolling Cowboys Fans” down as our favorite pastime, let me ask you this: at 23 years old, has Ezekiel Elliott already peaked!? Sure looks like it. Check the numbers. Somewhere DeMarco Murray is sitting on a pile of money, smirking. Unless that involves effort, then he’s probably just sliding short of the sticks.  

What’s Next: It still feels odd the Cowboys/Giants game wasn’t our Sunday Night Special for Opening Weekend, but hey, maybe that’s what happens when (s/o to David Akers) you haven’t won a championship since before your draft picks were born

More fun this week in the NFC East:

Nick Foles is the future for the Eagles

Nick Foles is the future for the Eagles

I don't need to say it, because everyone who watched the Eagles game Sunday night saw it. 

Nick Foles is the future of the Eagles' quarterback position. 

Just look at Sunday. The team scored early. Receivers were open, with players other than Zach Ertz actually catching the ball. Much like the days of A.J. Feeley, Koy Detmer, Jeff Garcia, and Kevin Kolb, the offense just seemed to run better with Foles in the game. 

And it wasn't just the offense. With Foles in the game, the defense played better. The special teams played better. The food I ate during the game tasted better. 

I know what you're gonna say. It's too soon to give up on Carson Wentz. He's their franchise quarterback. 

To that, I say, please. 

Carson Wentz can't be trusted to stay healthy. He makes too many mistakes. The offense always runs better whenever someone else replaces him. And now, we're hearing that he's not happy about not playing. 

How many playoff wins does Carson Wentz have? How many championships? Huh? Exactly. 

With his obvious discomfort with not playing, Wentz is starting to remind me of a certain other No. 2 overall pick. What's next? Chunky Soup commercials?  A feud with one of the wide receivers? 

A caller the other day said it best. Wentz “wants it too much,” but he hasn’t been surrounded by enough other players who are “hungry." 

Just look at the Eagles with Foles on Sunday. He shut Cris Collinsworth up. The Eagles exposed Sean McVay, who's the most influential offensive genius to arrive in the NFL since Chip Kelly. For one of the first times this year, there was nothing to anger me, except for when they showed Norristown native Tommy Lasorda wearing Rams stuff. I know I'm not alone in wishing we could have more Eagles games like Sunday, and fewer like all the ones where they blew it. 

Sure, I gave up on the Eagles when they were 4-6, and again when they were 6-7. I was done. But luckily, I reserved the right to come back if they started winning. And they did!

So come on, Eagles. Sign Foles to a multi-year extension. Just so there's no division in the locker room, let everyone know right away that he's the guy. Because the Eagles are running out of time, to win another championship during Nick Foles' window. 

Other Philly sports takes: 

-The Sixers aren't looking so good lately, which you can tell is Kendall Jenner's influence. Someone should ask Markelle Fultz's lawyer if he's almost ready to come back. 

-I can tell you that if I had $1.6 billion, I'd be much better at spending money than John Middleton is. There's just no excuse for coming out of the winter meetings without Bryce Harper, Manny Machado OR Mike Trout. 

-Is it really that hard for the Flyers to find a coach or GM who played for them? 

-After the game Sunday, I only have one question: Should the parade to go up Broad Street again, or does it make more sense to go south this time, and end up at the stadiums?

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Doug Pederson channels his inner 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin after Eagles' win over Rams

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Doug Pederson channels his inner 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin after Eagles' win over Rams

Doug Pederson definitely knows how to fire up the boys.

Pederson is a player's coach and we've seen him motivate the Eagles with his postgame speeches. That leadership led the "underdog" Eagles to a Super Bowl LII victory last season.

The Eagles are trying to make another run and they helped themselves with a major upset of the Rams, 30-23, on Sunday Night Football.

Pederson summed up just how every Eagles fan was feeling after that victory when he channeled his inner "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in the team's LA Coliseum locker room.

As you can see, just like "Stone Cold."

If the Eagles beat the Texans next week, Pederson should crush a few cold ones over his head and toast the victory.

He's got a week to practice.

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