Offensive spotlight: Neither Dallas nor Philadelphia was able to generate a high rate of explosive plays, but the Eagles did enough for the win thanks to their option offense.
Led by quarterback Jalen Hurts, Philly’s offense is predicated on packaged plays like the read option and run-pass option (RPO). Tonight, the Eagles' ground game generated positive expected points added (EPA) on option run plays, and Hurts went 6-of-12 for 60 yards and two touchdowns on option/play-action pass plays.
For the Cowboys, this game made them want a healthy Dak Prescott more than ever. Backup QB Cooper Rush struggled for the entirety of the game. On throws of 10 or more yards, he went 4-of-14 for 57 yards and three interceptions.
Defensive spotlight: The Eagles coverage unit shined bright in this contest, as the group tallied seven forced incompletions in addition to their three interceptions. When playing at outside corner, star duo Darius Slay and James Bradberry allowed only three catches on 12 targets for 31 yards, with one interception and four forced incompletions.
Rookie spotlight: Cowboys first-round rookie Tyler Smith struggled at left tackle, earning a sub-40.0 pass-blocking grade on first review. As it stands, he allowed one hit and four hurries — the most pressure Smith has allowed in a single game so far in his rookie campaign.
Offensive line spotlight: The left side of the line was a constant issue for the Cowboys. Left tackle Tyler Smith and left guard Connor McGovern combined for eight pressures allowed and four other pass-block losses.
|Cooper Rush||8.2||18 / 38||181||4.8||1||3||0||37.3|
|Jalen Hurts||17.0||15 / 25||155||6.2||2||0||4||104.6|