Eagles talking points

1. WentzWagon vs. Dak Attak: Both rookies were expected to sit a season, but circumstance pressed both into action this season and, supported by strong casts around them, they led their teams into Sunday night 1-2 in the NFC East. In their seventh NFL games and their first of likely many meetings, each seemed comfortable with what was presented to him and each seemed to realize his limitations. Each suffered from drops and each made some poor throws, especially Dak Prescott, especially early; most notably his end-zone interception near the end of the first half and a near-pick in the third quarter. However, Prescott delivered a 53-yard bomb to Dez Bryant which set up Prescott's TD run, found Bryant for the tying TD and hit Jason Witten for the winning score. Carson Wentz remained reluctant to test defenses deep. Wentz finished 32-for-43 for 202 yards and a touchdown; Prescott, 19-for-39 for 287 yards, two TDs and the pick.

2. Holding the line: In Game 6, the Eagles dismantled Minnesota's rebuilt offensive line and sacked Sam Bradford six times. In Game 7, against the Cowboys and the Best Offensive Line in Football, the Birds' sackmasters managed two sacks.

3. The Book on Ezekiel: Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott entered the weekend tops in the league with 703 rushing yards, a 117.2 per-game average and seven runs of at least 20 yards, all best in the league, and his 5.1 per-carry average was sixth. Elliott finished with 22 rushes for 96 yards and four catches for 52 yards.

4. Return of the Man: Dez Bryant missed three games with a hairline fracture in his knee but returned fit. His 53-yard catch set up the Cowboys' first touchdown and he caught the tying TD. He finished with four catches for 113 yards.

5. Flag crew: The Lone Star flag is red, white and blue, but just south of Dallas it was yellow Sunday night. Jerome Boger and his crew, which entered Sunday night averaging slightly more than 20 penalties per game (about 25 percent more than the league average), called 16 penalties, right about the league average. Most flags were warranted, but, in the first quarter, when they flagged Jalen Mills for inconsequentially touching Cole Beasley 9 yards downfield it underscored the complaint that officials are calling things too tightly. This, on a day when the Raiders were called for a record 23 penalties in a win at Tampa Bay. Don't blame the refs: In the first eight weeks of the season the NFL has been beset by lazy, raggedy play. For instance, both the Eagles and Cowboys had substitution penalties in the first half.


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