Eagles stock up, stocks drop after Week 3 loss to Cowboys: Jalen Hurts at the forefront of embarrassing performance
The Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed themselves in front of a nationally televised audience, suffering a humiliating 41-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football” in a game where they were beaten in all three phases. Nick Sirianni was outclassed by Mike McCarthy – who had a bad game himself – failed to make any adjustments during the match and dropped out of the race (even when the game was still on hand).
Not only were the Eagles knocked out by the Cowboys, they lost Isaac Seumalo to a season-ending injury and K’Von Wallace entered the injured reserve. Philadelphia is losing three of its five starting offensive linemen after just three weeks, which isn’t good for an offensive line that started an NFL record with 14 different offensive line combinations last year.
The Eagles are beaten and bruised after just three games. Monday’s loss to the Cowboys showed how much this team has fallen in recent years and the uphill battle they face to be competitive again.
There are a lot of stocks to sell on this team, which could point to a free fall in early October.
What else is there to say about Hargrave at this point? The Eagles’ defensive tackle has been phenomenal in the first three games of the season, including two sacks, two quarterback hits and a tackle for loss on Monday night. Hargrave led the Eagles with three pushes and finished with five tackles, including one push on Dak Prescott that led to the fumble that Fletcher Cox picked up for a score.
A double team most of the night, Hargrave put in a great performance. He’s the first Eagles player to record more than two sacks in two of the season’s opening three games since Trent Cole in 2006. Hargrave leads all inside defensive linemen in defensive saves (17), presses (14 ) and bags (four). He’s been exceptional for the Eagles so far.
Just a squeeze on the stats sheet, but Cox made an impact that wasn’t in the box’s score. The Cowboys teamed up with Cox and Javon Hargrave throughout the night, but Cox managed to make his way through the backfield and make an impact – recovering a fumble for a touchdown.
The Cowboys teamed up with Cox and Hargrave to reach the Eagles linebackers on indoor races, and they were very successful in doing so. Cox has shown he can still make an impact on the Eagles’ defense. The numbers of bags and pressures will come.
It wasn’t much on the stat sheet, but Ertz finished with four catches for 53 yards and one touchdown – his first score since Week 1 of the 2020 season. Delighted to see the Eagles target Ertz and Dallas Goedert all night long, as the duo racked up 119 receiving yards.
When things go wrong, the bettor makes this list. Siposs deserves praise after kicking six times Monday night, two of which landed inside the Dallas 20-yard line. Siposs has six of those punts after three games, which is tied for sixth in the NFL.
The Eagles have bet on Siposs this offseason – and it’s paying off.
Hurts had the worst performance of his young career, throwing two interceptions and not racking up any important passing yards until the game got out of hand. Both Hurts interceptions came on bad throws, the first from a knocked down ball and the second from DeVonta Smith’s staring gaze – which made it easy for Trevon Diggs to read the quarterback and take the intercept in the other direction for a touchdown.
Hurts was 9 of 10 on play passes, but the concept is ineffective when the Eagles aren’t throwing the ball. The Eagles quarterback has his shortcomings, but the coaching staff doesn’t put him in the best position to succeed either.
Sanders shouldn’t be on this list because he’s averaging 13.5 yards per carry. Here’s the problem: he only had two runs for 27 yards.
Sanders was completely abandoned – as was the entire running offense – as the Eagles’ backers totaled just three runs in the loss. It’s just unacceptable of Sirianni. The Eagles need to get Sanders more involved in the offense.
Just a tough night for Smith, who recorded just three catches for 28 yards while being targeted six times. Diggs got the better of Smith all night long, as Smith had just two catches for nine yards with Diggs covering him.
Hurts had a 23.6 passer rating targeting Smith, who appears to have hit a rookie wall, even though the Eagles are asking him to be No.1 off.
Another bad night for Dickerson, who got his first career start replacing injured Brandon Brooks. In 53 snaps blocking passes, Dickerson allowed four pushes, including a sack and two dispatches. He allowed nine pushes in 73 blocking passes in two games. He also received an ineligible penalty for the receiver on that powerful Hurts throw.
The Eagles have clearly missed Brooks on the offensive line as Dickerson is not yet ready for a starting role. The hope for the Eagles is for Dickerson to improve with more reps.
Herbig replaced Seumalo and struggled, allowing two presses on 18 snaps blocking passes. Herbig is the intended starter at left guard as Seumalo finished for the season, and he needs to perform better if he wants a future with the Eagles.
Johnson played 28 snaps on the linebacker, which was too much. The Eagles were trying anything to stop the Cowboys, but Johnson is not the answer. He finished with three tackles and one stoppage, while his missed tackle percentage was 33.3%.
Wilson was a huge disappointment for three games. His tackling problems continued in the loss to Dallas, missing one and struggling to knock down the running backs that came his way. Dallas clearly wanted to take it to the second level and challenge Wilson, which worked. He finished with a missed tackle percentage of 16.7%.
Singleton recorded 10 tackles, but was crushed and beaten by Ezekiel Elliott throughout the game. The Eagles are having trouble stopping the race, and nothing has become more obvious than watching Singleton on Monday night.
And while he’s generally strong in passing coverage, Singleton allowed two catches on the two targets that came his way, including one for a touchdown.
Difficult night for Slay on the cover, but it was also due to the lack of pressure on the quarterback. Slay was targeted seven times in the cover, allowing two touchdowns as Prescott had a 136.6 passer rating when he threw in Slay’s direction.
The good news for Slay? He allowed just six catches for 51 yards on the night, allowing just 7.3 yards per target. Touchdowns allowed certainly hurt Slay’s performance.
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