Demeco Ryans had himself a football game. The Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker led the team in tackles, had a sack, a pass defended, and an interception in a monster game for the veteran linebacker. Ryans and the defense’s huge efforts weren’t enough though as the Eagles’ offense couldn’t muster anything in a 17-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite the bitter defeat, this is a positive sign for Ryans and the defense. Many questioned if Ryans was a good fit in a 3-4 and if he may be getting over the hill. He has silenced the critics not just with his play on the day, but this season. He has been a steadying presence in the middle of the defense and is finally starting to make game-impacting plays.
Billy Davis should be happy with his team’s effort. Despite only garnering two sacks, the defense pressured Tony Romo for much of the afternoon and made him and the Cowboys’ offense uncomfortable for the most part. The coverage was also solid on the back end as the Cowboys failed to make any explosive downfield plays all day.
It’s funny how football works sometimes. The one game where the Eagles’ defense put together a solid 60 minute effort, the other side of the ball was completely nonexistent. They did the defense no favors only possessing the ball for 23 minutes as quarterback Nick Foles and the offense were totally ineffective.
On a night where everything else went wrong, the Eagles’ defense finally showed up. Davis and his troops took a big step forward. Let’s hope it continues going into Week 8.