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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NASCAR makes its inaugural trip to the Daytona Roval for the Go Bowling 235. This will be one of the most anticipated races in recent memory considering that for many years, it was considered that NASCAR would run here in this configuration and now it's finally has come. It will be extremely hard to predict what will go on and to add on there will be no practice and qualifying. This should be one of the most insane races in recent memory and I have no idea who will win this one. This will be a race you don't want to miss

Kevin Harvick dominated the doubleheader last week as he won both races on Saturday and Sunday. He led a combined 182 laps in both races and was easily the best car. The main headline of the race was NASCAR's new choice box rule. This was implemented last week for the first time in a points paying event as NASCAR tried it out in the all-star race at Bristol in June. This rule allows each driver to go to either the outside or the inside of the orange painted box after the start finish line. This allows them to line-up in either lane they chose. It paid dividends for a lot of drivers including Bubba Wallace and Joey Logano as they both picked up a number of spots on Saturday on the final restart. Overall, I really like this new rule but NASCAR once again decides to change everything up in the middle of the season. I echo the sentiments of what Clint Bowyer's spotter Brett Griffin was saying on his door bumper and how NASCAR needs to stop making such massive changes in the middle of the season. Regardless, I look forward to seeing how this works going forward.

As the silly-season continues, one of the big dominoes to fall was Christopher Bell as it was announced (as expected) that he will drive the #20 Toyota next season for Joe Gibbs. This was bound to happen the moment Bell moved up to the Cup Series this year for Leavine family racing. This was very similar to the trajectory of how Erik Jones got his ride back in 2017 when he replaced Matt Kenseth in the same car. While I hate to see Erik out of a ride, I have a feeling he will land on his feet and have a career resurgence wherever he goes. Besides, more than likely he'll be at the top of the list for Rick Hendrick to take over the #48 ride. This silly season continues to twist and turn as there were also rumors that a driver that isn't currently in the sport also was interviewed by Rick Hendrick for the ride. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.

As we get closer and closer to the playoffs, the battle for the 16th and final spot in the standings is heating up. Currently, 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Erik Jones both sit 17th and 18th in the standings. This has been a season of such promise for both of these drivers and as everyone knows this is Jimmie's last season. It would be a shame to see both of them miss the playoffs as both have a lot to race for. In the next few weeks, don't be surprised to see these guys get desperate. In fact, Johnson has changed his paint scheme to white as he believes the black and purple look has given him bad luck. Both of these drivers have the speed to get in and it will be crucial for them to pick up as many stage points as possible, something they have struggled with all year. It will be interesting to see who falls over the next few races.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Ryan Blaney. Like I said earlier, this will be very difficult to predict considering this has never been done before and that there will be no practice. But if there is anyone who can get it done on a Roval, it has to be Ryan Blaney. Back in 2018, he won the first race at the Charlotte Roval and while both are extremely different, it would only make sense to see him win here. This year has been tough on the second generation driver and while he is solidly in the playoffs and has led the points at one point, he still has yet to capture that elusive first win. I expect all that to change come Sunday. Look for Ryan Blaney to take the checkered flag.

Tune in this Sunday, this is definitely going to be one for the books. There will be a lot of beating and banging and a lot of things that we aren't used to seeing. With the chance of rain as well, we could also see history as NASCAR has the rain tires at the ready for this occasion. This will be one you won't want to miss.

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