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Game Recap: Eagles fall to Cowboys, 37-10

Head coach Doug Pederson won the coin toss and decided to receive the ball for the first time since the 2016 season.

Looking to inject a spark and get off to a strong early start, the Eagles put their offense on the field first.

Unfortunately, the Eagles coughed up the ball on their first two possessions leading to 14 early Cowboys points as Dallas cruised to a 37-10 win over Philadelphia to snap a three-game losing streak and regain control of first place in the NFC East.

"We can't start the game that way. That's hard against a good football team," said head coach Doug Pederson.

For the sixth time in seven games this season, the Eagles (3-4) trailed by double digits at some point in the contest. They have been outscored 75-30 in the past two weeks, both games on the road. The third game of the three-game road swing is next Sunday in Buffalo against the upstart 5-1 Bills.

Tight end Dallas Goedert fumbled the ball on the game's opening possession. The Cowboys took over on offense and cashed in with a Tavon Austin 20-yard touchdown run to quickly make it 7-0 with 10:08 remaining in the first quarter.

Then on the Eagles' second possession, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence notched his first career sack against Philadelphia, stripping the ball from quarterback Carson Wentz in the process. After a 13-yard run up the middle, running back Ezekiel Elliott punched the ball behind left tackle Tyron Smith to make it 14-0.

A week after allowing an opposing team to rush for over 100 yards for the first time this season, Elliott gained 111 yards on 22 rushing attempts.

Wentz had three turnovers – two fumbles and an interception. He finished 16-of-26 for 191 yards with a touchdown as well for an 80.8 QB rating. He was sacked three times and under duress for a majority of the night, pressed to make brilliant plays just to get something sort of momentum going.

"We didn't play well. That's personal and it's on me," Pederson said. "I'm going to own this one for the football team. We got the guys in the locker room to get it fixed."

Running back Jordan Howard had 50 yards rushing on 11 carries with most of the damage coming in the first half. The large second-half deficit forced the Eagles to turn more to rookie Miles Sanders.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was 21-of-27 for 239 yards with a touchdown and an interception for a QB rating of 100.5. He put an exclamation point on the night with an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Wide receiver Amari Cooper had five catches for 106 yards.

Cornerback Jalen Mills had an interception in the fourth quarter in his first game back in nearly a calendar year.

Goedert rebounded from the early fumble and hauled in four catches for 69 yards and scored the only touchdown for the Eagles on a beautiful 28-yard throw from Wentz. Goedert's score made it 14-7 as it looked like for a moment that the Eagles might overcome the sloppy start.

That wasn't the case as Dallas outscored the Eagles 23-3 the rest of the way.

The Eagles' defense tried to limit the explosive plays that hurt the unit last week against the Vikings. But Dallas was content to move the ball 71 yards in 12 plays as Prescott's 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Blake Jarwin made it 21-7 in the second quarter.

The crushing blow for the Eagles came at the end of the first half as the Cowboys took over with just 22 seconds left on the clock at their own 30-yard line. Prescott hit tight end Jason Witten a couple of times along the sideline to preserve the clock and kicker Brett Maher hit a 63-yard field goal as time expired to make it 27-7 through 30 minutes.

Take a look at the best photos from the Eagles' game against the rival Cowboys.

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