The Dallas Cowboys got off to a solid start on Sunday Night Football, leading Philadelphia 9-7 at halftime.
But then the second half happened.
The Eagles (9-1) outscored the Cowboys 30-0 over the final two quarters to win 37-9, notch their eighth win in a row and send Dallas to back-to-back losses without Ezekiel Elliott.
“Philadelphia just bludgeoned them in the second half,” Cowboys radio analyst Babe Laufenberg said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Clearly the Cowboys have some issues offensively. They’ve had one touchdown in the last two games, and that was scored in Atlanta after an interception.”
Dallas (5-5) plays each of its next two games at home on a Thursday. The Cowboys host the Chargers (4-6) on Thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m. ET.
“It’s always been an advantage for the Cowboys on Thanksgiving because they don’t have to travel,” Laufenberg said. “Los Angeles is going to have a three-hour flight, get in here – that’s a tough turnaround for the Chargers to make. So it always felt like the Cowboys had the advantage on Thanksgiving because obviously it’s always played at home. The other team has to travel. So I think it’s a huge advantage for the Cowboys playing at home – and quite honestly, one that some of the owners wanted to take away from Dallas, take that game and move it around a little, which they do. They have that third game. Obviously Dallas will be one, Detroit will be one, and they have that third game that they do move around throughout the NFL.”
Indeed, the Lions (6-4) host the Vikings (8-2) at 12:30 p.m. ET, and the Redskins (4-6) host the Giants (2-8) at 8:30 p.m. ET.
In Week 13, meanwhile, Dallas hosts Washington (4-6) on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 8:25 p.m. ET. Despite two straight losses, the Cowboys are still knocking on the playoff door.
“They definitely have their work cut out for them,” Laufenberg said, “but they’re at 5-5. They’re right at that edge where you kind of got to declare yourself. And the Cowboys now have San Diego, who has to come across the country and play on a short week and then they’ll get Washington at home the following Thursday. They should have an advantage there with Washington coming in on a short week and having to travel as well. So can you get the next two at home against teams that – they’re not going to be easy wins, but they’re certainly beatable. Then you’re sitting at 7-5 and at that point you just say, ‘Okay, we got four games to go here. Let’s make a little run.’”
Speaking of which, Philadelphia has run away with the NFC East. The Eagles are 5-0 at home, 4-1 on the road and have the best record in the NFL.
Said Laufenberg, “They look like a team that’s going to be really tough to beat.”