COWBOYS 37, EAGLES 10

Cowboys vs. Eagles: Good, bad and ugly

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After three straight losses, the Dallas Cowboys were in must win mode and needed to put up a good fight against the Philadelphia Eagles. On this day the Cowboys came through and absolutely dominated the Eagles from start to finish. The final score was 37-10 and was the largest margin of victory the Cowboys have had over the Eagles since 1998. With this win, the Dallas Cowboys now sit alone a top of the NFC East.

The Good

The good from Sunday night's game for the Cowboys was their ability to get off to a fast start. Slow starts were becoming the norm for the Cowboys after three straight losses, so it was a sight for sore eyes to see the Cowboys get two turnovers early in the first quarter. Dak Prescott finally looked like the Dak of the first three weeks of the season. He went 21-27 and threw a touchdown, and had one rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter. He did have one interception, but played with more confidence and composure than he did in the previous three weeks.

The Bad

The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most penalized teams in the NFL. According to The Football Database, the Cowboys rank seventh in the NFL in penalties and yesterday was no exception. Sunday's game saw six penalties for 65 yards. The Cowboys absolutely need to clean up this area of their game.

The Ugly

Injuries are becoming a concern. Tyron Smith obviously is still injured, and maybe needs another week off to fully recover. Luckily, the Cowboys are going to enter their bye-week and that should give him time to recuperate. The O-Line is a completely different unit when he is on the field, and he gives Prescott that extra line of security to give him more time in the pocket. In addition to Smith, Robert Quinn, Leighton Vender Esch and Jeff Heath all left Sunday's game with injuries. If key players keep getting hurt, it could have negative long-term ramifications for the rest of the season.

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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