1st. Philadelphia Eagles- 3-4-1 (2-1 DIV)
2nd. Washington Football Team- 2-5 (2-1 DIV)
3rd. Dallas Cowboys- 2-6 (1-2 DIV)
4th. New York Giants- 1-7 (1-2 DIV)
DALLAS COWBOYS @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Oh boy. This was a…game. Do yourself a favor and don’t look at any “highlights” from this one. Both teams played bad, both coaching staffs were bad, it was all bad. Nevertheless, here’s a quick overview.
The Eagles were able to be less bad than the Cowboys, winning 23-9. Carson Wentz played one of the worst games of his career. The Eagles QB finished with two interceptions and two fumbles, with one particularly ugly fumble in the first quarter. He now leads the league with 16 turnovers on the season. Wentz and the Eagles offense was only able to muster 15 points against the league’s worst defense.
Conversely, the Eagles defense made the plays needed to win. A Brandon Graham strip sack took points off the board for Dallas and a T.J. Edwards strip sack that led to a Rodney McLeod scoop and score touchdown made the difference.
Cowboys third string rookie QB Ben DiNucci was no better than Wentz, and was possibly worse. DiNucci finished 21-40 for 180 yards and two fumbles. Dallas essentially ran a QB by committee, running multiple wildcat or reverse plays and throws behind the line. Ezekiel Elliott once again failed to top 100 yards, finishing with just 63 yards on 19 carries. Dallas has now failed to score a touchdown in two consecutive games, tied for the longest streak in franchise history.
Eagles go on their Bye week
Cowboys Week 9 Opponent- Steelers at home, 4:25 on Sunday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ NEW YORK GIANTS
The Giants almost pulled off the massive upset but ultimately fell short by a final score of 25-23. New York was competitive down to the wire, cutting the deficit to two points with 33 seconds left thanks to a touchdown pass from Daniel Jones. But, the two point conversion for the tie was unsuccessful and New York would not get the ball back.
Jones had an up and down game. His line finished 25-41 for 256 yards with 2 TDs and two interceptions. He deserves credit for engineering drives that kept New York in the game, but his turnovers proved too costly. He now has 36 turnovers in his career, the most during that span.
The Giants defense was not able to hold off Tom Brady long enough to escape with a win. Brady finished with 279 yards and two touchdowns. Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski combined for one touchdown each and 96 yards on nine catches. New York was able to sack Brady twice and hold Tampa to just 81 rushing yards.
Giants Week 9 Opponent- @Football Team, 1:00 on Sunday
WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM- Bye Week