That’s what made the Cowboys victory so impressive: The Eagles were sloppy in the first half, trailing 9-7, prone to dropped passes and stalled drives. They had totaled a mere 80 yards after 30 minutes. Then, surgically, Wentz and a strong Eagles run game dissected the Cowboys one possession at a time. Three straight touchdown drives spanned 75, 90 and 85 yards.
Just like that, it was a rout. After the game, Wentz offered up one of his typically milquetoast, ho-hum quotes for how the Eagles got it done in yet another statement victory.
“There wasn’t really anything big or crazy,” Wentz said. “We just kind of came out … once we got the running game going a bit, we kind of relied on that. We knew that we had a great game plan and we just had to stay with it.
“We left some plays out there in the first half. We just had to make them in the second half.”
After facing the Chicago Bears in Philly in Week 12, the Eagles head to the West Coast for road games against two playoff contenders in the 6-3 Seattle Seahawks and 7-3 Los Angeles Rams, followed by a third straight road game against a New York Giants team that almost beat them earlier in the season.
Although Philly might have the division wrapped up by then, they likely will see a Cowboys team with Ezekiel Elliott back from suspension that could be playing the role of spoiler or trying like heck to scrap their way into the playoffs at that point. The Eagles also know they can’t put it into cruise control with the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings, both sitting at 8-2, breathing down their necks.
Still, securing home field throughout the playoffs is very much in grasp from their pole position right now.