This past Sunday, Oct. 19th we had two teams, who stayed in the NFL with only 1 loss. The first was the Dallas Cowboys now 6-1 who beat Giants 31-21, and the 2nd team the Philadelphia Eagles 5-1, had a bye week. We already looked at the Broncos and Cardinals, so this article will cover the Cowboys and Eagles.
The Dallas Cowboys now 6-1 (1st NFC East) beat the New York Giants (3rd NFC East) now 3-4 this past Sunday 31-21 led by RB Murray and QB Romo, as the Cowboys roll on towards playoffs as they produced 4 touchdowns in the game.
The Cowboys RB Murray is the 1st RB in NFL history that has started the season with 7 consecutive 100 yard games, as he broke the famous Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s record of 56 years. He is presently the leading NFL rusher with some 913 yards. The Cowboys, appear to be on a roll, after beating the Seahawks last week and the Giants this week.
The stats in this game actually appear to make the game look closer than the 10 point spread difference as the Cowboys had 20 first downs on 60 plays for 423 total yards with 267 passing and 156 rushing with 1 interception. The Giants also had 20 first downs on 59 plays for 352 total yards, with 248 passing and 104 rushing and 2 fumbles lost which were costly for the Giants.
Offensive leaders in the game for the Giants were QB Manning completed 21 of 33 passes for 248 yards with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions or sacks. RB’s Williams & Hillis combining for 24 carries and 80 yards and no touchdowns, while Receivers Donnell & Randle had 13 receptions for 164 yards and no touchdowns.
For the Cowboys, their leaders were QB Romo completing 17 of 23 passes, for 279 yards with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception, RB’s Murray & Escobar who combined for 31 carries and 144 yards with Murray scoring a TD. Receivers Bryan & Escobar combined for 12 receptions for 206 yards with Escobar scoring 2 touchdowns.
The Giants had hoped to win this game, as it’s always a big rivalry between the two teams, but it was not to be, as they struggled throughout the game. TE Donnell had a team high with 7 catches for 90 yards, but fumbled the ball twice to Dallas. His 1st fumble set up Cowboys RB Murray’s TD, and his 2nd fumble sealed the victory for Dallas.
The next game for the Giants 3-4, is not until Monday the 3rd of November with the Indianapolis Colts as this week is their bye week. The Dallas Cowboys 6-1 next game is next Monday night Oct.27th at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN TV, at home against the Washington Redskins 2-5 (4th NFC East) at the AT&T Stadium with the Cowboys favored in early odds at – 9 ½ with O/U at 49 ½.
The other team with just 1 loss is the Philadelphia Eagles 5-1 (2nd NFC East) who have a bye week this NFL week 8. In their last game they routed these same New York Giants 27-0 as the Eagles were dominate on offense, defense and special team in this game. Their QB Noles completed 2 TD passes and their RB McCoy had his best game for 2014 with 149 yards rushing.
On top of the embarrassing loss for the Giants, things got even worse for New York, as their star wide receiver Cruz had a season ending injury in the 2rd quarter. Giants QB Manning was sacked some 6 times in the game, and that followed the Giants winning 3 straight games, and had scored over 30 points in each of those 3 games. Needless, to say the Giants will be hungry next week for a win. Their next game will be at home against the Indianapolis Colts who on Monday, November the 3rd 2014.