The Philadelphia Eagles offense had a hideous afternoon as the Eagles fell to the Dallas Cowboys 17-3 in a disappointing showing for the Eagles and their fans. This had to be one of the most bizarre games of the season. Everyone had this game pegged as a shootout. Two defenses ranked 30th and 32 in the Cowboys and Eagles and two quarterbacks playing at a high level at the time seemed like a recipe for a high-scoring tilt in the 30s for each team.
Boy, was I wrong. This was an offensive struggle for both teams. For as bad as the Eagles were, the Cowboys also failed to get anything going until late in the game. For as bad as the Cowboys were, the Eagles were that much worse — back and forth in offensive futility.
The Eagles essentially scored zero points on offense. The only score they got, a field goal, was after a Demeco Ryans interception that brought them into field goal range. Quarterback Nick Foles was simply atrocious. This has not the Foles fans had come to see.
He was missing open targets, taking unnecessary sacks and hits, and was completely indecisive in what was the biggest game of his career. It was a huge step back for the young quarterback that leaves more questions than answers at the most important position in the game.
What also puzzled me was the ineffectiveness of the running game and star running back LeSean McCoy. I thought he would have his way with a weak Cowboys defense, but that was not the case. DeSean Jackson was rendered useless as well against the Cowboys’ porous 30th-ranked passing defense. To be fair, Foles had him open a few times and he just couldn’t hit him.
This is a deflating loss for the Eagles. It marks their ninth straight loss at home, a horrifying number. They had better bounce back next week. If they don’t, their season is essentially over even in the NFC Least.