Dallas Cowboys Break an Unwanted Record Against the Philadelphia Eagles

Published 12/28/2020, 5:18 AM EST
Nov 26, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team running back Antonio Gibson (24) and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith (58) in action during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Football Team at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Cowboys have endured a woeful 2020 season. While the team is still in contention for the Playoffs, their 5-9 record heading into the game against the Philadelphia Eagles is not characteristic of America’s Team. During the game against the Eagles, the Cowboys broke an unwanted franchise record.

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As running back Miles Sanders ran the ball in for the Eagles’ first points of the game, the franchise broke its record for most points allowed in a single season. With 440 points overall, the Cowboys’ new record simply rubs more salt to their wound.

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A year to forget for the Dallas Cowboys

While the Cowboys have managed to string together a late comeback of sorts to try to save their season, it doesn’t hide just how woeful the side has been in almost all departments. It is true that injuries have ravaged their roster more than that of others, even some of the big guns have failed to get going.

While Dak Prescott started the season in scintillating form, a compound fracture against the New York Giants early on in the season ruled him out for the remainder of it. And ever since, the Cowboys have looked like a shadow of their previous self.

While former Bengals QB Andy Dalton has been doing his best as a backup, a battered O-Line just hasn’t protected him enough through the course of the season to give him the time he needs to make the game-winning plays.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott too has struggled big time. The former Buckeye has endured the worst season of his NFL career so far.

The 3-time Pro Bowler has registered career lows in terms of rushing touchdowns, total rushing yards, and yards per carry. A damning stat considering how Elliott has just recently signed a $90 million contract with the franchise.

Pro Bowl snub a harsh dose of reality

America’s Team, for the first time since 1989, has no representative in the Pro Bowl. The snub, many feel, is well deserved. The Cowboys’ bit-part performances might have kept them alive in the playoff hunt, but that isn’t enough to warrant a place among the league’s best.

This is the harsh reality for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys fans. They just haven’t been good enough. And that off-field saga surrounding Dak Prescott’s contract hasn’t helped them either.

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Oct 4, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sweeping changes are required if the Dallas Cowboys are to climb back to the top of the NFL ladder again. While coach Mike McCarthy’s job looks to be safe (for now), other wholesale changes are expected among the coaching staff.

It won’t be a surprise if certain underperformers are given the ax as well. If anything, maybe this season will help McCarthy identify certain problem areas in the team. But expecting anything more than that would be quite a stretch.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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