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NFL Week 7 PFF ReFocused: Dallas Cowboys 37, Philadelphia Eagles 10

There was little the Philadelphia Eagles could do to stop Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, as the Cowboys got the better of their divisional rivals in Week 7's iteration Sunday Night Football.

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Final Score

Dallas Cowboys 37, Philadelphia Eagles 10

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott tore the Eagles defense up and down the field, and outside of the interception in the fourth quarter after the game was all but settled, Prescott played a great game. He threw two downfield dimes to Amari Cooper along the sideline where the ball looked like a handoff 40 yards downfield.

The run game for the Cowboys was very efficient throughout the game, but it was never able to generate big plays. However, it always kept the Cowboys ahead of the chains as the Cowboys' offensive line was able to open up holes throughout the game.

Demarcus Lawrence was the star for Dallas upfront. It all started with his first-quarter strip-sack of Carson Wentz, on a play where he beat Lane Johnson around the edge. He was able to notch a couple of other pressures throughout the rest of the game, and there were also a few instances where he beat the guy blocking him in pass protection but the throw just got out before he could land some pressure.

On the back end of the defense, Xavier Woods was the standout player in coverage. Woods was relatively unseen on the broadcast much of the night—which is a good thing for any coverage defender—and he made the defensive play of the game as he jumped in front of an Alshon Jeffrey in route with just under 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter to deflate Philadelphia's comeback attempt.

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz didn't have a ton of opportunity in the first half, but the wheels fell off for him in the second half when the team put the pressure on him to get them back in the game. Wentz made a bad misread in the early parts of the fourth quarter on a ball that was picked off by Xavier Woods, and he made a similar poor misread on a fourth down—when the game was already pretty much sealed—on a throw that bounced right off of Sean Lee‘s hands. Wentz's night was pretty much summed up by a fourth-quarter fumble where he simply was unable to field an accurate snap.

Rookie tackle Andre Dillard had a half-decent night. He did give up a sack towards the end of the first half when Robert Quinn bull-rushed him into the pocket, but for the most part, he was able to hold his own as he got the start at left tackle.

The Eagles defense struggled to tackle throughout the game, but their lack of finishing was especially evident in the first half when Tony Pollard broke two tackles on his way to 11 yards when it looked like he would be stopped in the backfield.

While the tackling for the Eagles was poor, the lack of pass-rush was surprising considering the talent the Eagles have on the defensive line. Outside of a couple of sacks, the Eagles gave Prescott all day to throw the ball, and he made the Eagles pay.

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