When the final horn sounded Sunday night in Texas, the Eagles saw themselves victorious again as many believed would happen. The Eagles struggled in the first half as they entered the locker room actually losing 9-7 but Doug Pederson and his coaching staff devised a game plan which saw the Cowboys get shut out in the second half. Carson Wentz and his offense took advantage of the Cowboys struggles and scored two quick touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to essentially close the game out. With the victory on Sunday, the Eagles basically clinched the NFC East title. Sure, it is still mathematically possible that the Cowboys can still catch the Eagles, a 4 1/2 game lead with 6 to play seems insurmountable at this stage of the season.
The victory Sunday means so much more to the Eagles than the scoreboard can tell. Not only did the victory Sunday basically wrap up the NFC East, they also stay course to have home field advantage for the NFC playoffs. Both the Saints and the Vikings won Sunday meaning both teams are still only one game back in the race to host the playoffs. Owning home field for the playoffs would be huge as the fan base at Lincoln Financial Field would be a tough crowd for any opposing team in the cold weather in January.
The win Sunday also proves that Carson Wentz is able to step up when the game is important. His young NFL career has not really been tested with important games as of yet due to their 7-9 record last year and this game versus Dallas has been the biggest one so far. Sure Carson struggled in the first half but that was actually a good thing for the organization in the long run. This proves that Carson can maintain his composure and manage to overcome adversity in a NFL game. Carson was able to figure out his weaknesses and help the offense turn the table which turned into a huge win.
One of the biggest issues that the Eagles faced Sunday night was the loss of their kicker Jake Elliott. Jake was placed in the concussion protocol after hitting his head on the opening kickoff. Sure the Eagles were able to skip the extra points and convert a few two point conversions this team would be smart to have a few kickers try out for the upcoming game against the Bears. Not having a kicker for a game is one thing but not having a reliable kicker down the stretch would be a huge weakness.
The Eagles once again proved themselves to be the class of the NFC with a huge victory over their rival on Sunday thus cementing another impressive performance for this team. Sure there are six games left to play, not including the playoffs, but if this team keeps up this style of play they are definitely going to be there in February. Carson and company just need to keep their heads straight and the injury bug must not become a factor. If those two things stay the course then Jeffrey Lurie and this city will be celebrating with a parade down Broad Street.
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