By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dak Prescott ran towards the tunnel, elevating his arms to the followers and tossing them souvenirs after the Dallas Cowboys manhandled the Philadelphia Eagles in prime time.
The scene was a stark distinction to virtually a 12 months earlier, when the star quarterback was in tears as he rode on a cart by means of the identical spot after the grotesque ankle damage that ended his season.
Prescott threw for 3 touchdowns in his first residence game for the reason that damage, Trevon Diggs returned an interception 59 yards for a rating and the Cowboys beat the Eagles 41-21 on Monday night time.
“Just grateful for every thing that I’ve been by means of, all the laborious work that made me account for simply to be again out right here doing what I like,” Prescott stated. “It’s the best place to play soccer.”
Ezekiel Elliott ran for a season-high 95 yards and two touchdowns, and tight finish Dalton Schultz had the primary two-TD game of his profession.
Except for a fumble in the top zone that gave the Eagles (1-2) their first landing, Prescott was environment friendly, going 21 of 26 for 238 yards with out an interception in the primary NFC East game for each groups.
Prescott’s first game at AT&T Stadium for the reason that season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his proper ankle in Week 5 final 12 months in opposition to the New York Giants was additionally the return to full capability after the pandemic-imposed limits final season. There have been 93,267 followers inside with the retractable roof open on the $1.2 billion facility.
“A man like Dak, he’ll be psyched regardless,” Elliott stated. “There’s not any additional he can get in addition to simply the competitor he’s, the participant he’s.”
The Cowboys (2-1) had a 19-1 edge in first downs late in the primary half, however the Eagles have been down simply 20-7 on the break. After Javon Hargrave compelled Prescott’s fumble and caught the ball for the rating, the Eagles stuffed the QB on a fourth-down sneak on the different finish.
Diggs stepped in entrance of a move from Hurts to the sideline on the third play of the second half and ran untouched for his first profession TD whereas changing into the primary Dallas participant with a decide in every of the primary three games since Everson Walls in 1985.
Diggs and Cincinnati’s Logan Wilson share the NFL lead with three interceptions.
Hurts had completions of 41 yards to Quez Watkins, 38 yards to tight finish Dallas Goedert and 27 yards to tight finish Zach Ertz whereas ending 25 of 39 for 326 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Plenty of the Texas native’s passing yards, and the second TD, got here with the game out of attain.
“I didn’t do a adequate job of main,” Hurts stated. “I didn’t do a adequate of operating our offense, doing the issues I must do. This one’s on me.”
Prescott’s 19-yard landing move to Schultz put the Cowboys forward for good at 14-7 late in the primary quarter, and a 2-yarder to Cedrick Wilson on fourth down basically put the game away at 34-14 early in the fourth.
Any doubt was erased when rookies Micah Parsons and Osa Odighizuwa shared a sack of Hurts on a desperation attempt on fourth-and-9 halfway by means of the fourth quarter. Odighizuwa had his first profession sack in the primary half, dropping Hurts for an 11-yard loss.
Schultz, who led Dallas with 80 yards receiving, scored once more on a 22-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Tony Pollard added 60 yards dashing on 11 carries because the Cowboys completed with 160 yards on the bottom in opposition to the NFL’s No. 2 run protection.
“They had a superb game plan to run the ball, we have been second and 4, second and three,” Eagles defensive deal with Fletcher Cox stated. “One factor we’re identified for is stopping the run. We couldn’t get off the sector.”
Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Cowboys to a pair of Super Bowl titles in the Nineteen Nineties, made a uncommon look on their residence area when he was offered his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring at halftime together with security Cliff Harris and receiver Drew Pearson. All three have been inducted this summer time.
Johnson began his speech by thanking proprietor Jerry Jones and ended it with the well-known line he first shouted after an NFC championship game win over San Francisco in the course of the 1992 season: “How ’bout them Cowboys!” Johnson and Jones cut up acrimoniously after one other Super Bowl title to complete the 1993 season. The two hugged earlier than Jones put the ring on Johnson.
Eagles: LG Isaac Seumalo was taken off on a cart after injuring his proper foot in the fourth quarter. The Eagles have been already with out LT Jordan Mailata (knee) and RG Brandon Brooks (chest pressure). S K’Von Wallace injured his left shoulder in the primary quarter attempting to deal with Elliott and did not return.
Eagles: Defending AFC champion Kansas City visits Sunday with the Chiefs coming off consecutive losses for the primary time since October 2019.
Cowboys: Carolina visits Sunday with the Panthers in search of their first 4-0 begin for the reason that 2015 season, once they began 14-0 and misplaced to Denver in the Super Bowl.
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