Nick Foles unable to ease concerns in postseason tune-up vs. Cowboys

Nick Foles unable to ease concerns in postseason tune-up vs. Cowboys

Javier Howell
January 1, 2018

Not the way you'd imagine a 13-3 regular season would end, but with no major injuries to the core guys who are left, it ends up being a success anyway.

The offense's sluggish play might frustrate fans who clamored for a better performance after the team put up a season-low 216 yards in a win over the Raiders on Christmas. Sports talk radio will be fun in Philly for the next two weeks. He should be good to go for the playoffs.

Dallas' offense was anemic despite their first team being matched up with nearly all Philadelphia backups, and the defensive guys deserve credit for that from Jim Schwartz all the way down to the special teams players. Finally, the zero was taken off the board with that fourth quarter score, which admittedly was an impressive touchdown drive.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence only made it about half a sentence worth of deflecting about his contract before he couldn't help himself on Sunday after a season-ending win over the Philadelphia Eagles. That's how good it was, and how bad the offense was at the same time.

"I'm not concerned", coach Doug Pederson said. The drop-off on third down minus MVP candidate Carson Wentz has been drastic.

But this game was really about the Dallas defense, which limited the Eagles to only 219 yards of offense and just 2 of 11 conversions on third down.

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Foles' numbers aren't much better over the past two weeks. The degree of difficulty will be high, but maybe Pederson busts out some crazier play calls, maybe the Eagles come up with defensive touchdowns, maybe Foles catches lightning in a bottle and dispels the pessimism sinking in around the city.

The Eagles also have activated all of their offensive linemen for the first time - an indicator that they plan to finish the game with mostly second-team players. He just underthrew the pass terribly. But Nick Foles was far from comforting with 4-of-11 for 39 yards with an interception before getting the rest of the game off. Nate Sudfeld made his National Football League debut and was effective with 18-of-22 for 128 yards, but the rookie never managed to get the Eagles into scoring position.

Almost everything about this football game was bad, and no poetic waxing about defense will erase how bad it was as a whole.

This was the first time an Eagles-Cowboys game had ever been scoreless at halftime, according to ESPN.

In a meaningless game played in freezing temperatures, the Eagles' inactives list was littered with precautionary deactivations.

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