Cowboys crush Eagles, stop bleeding for at least a week

The sky was falling in Dallas last week after a stunning Cowboys loss to the New York Jets, their third straight.

After Sunday, all is well in Dallas. For a week at least.

beatdown of the Philadelphia Eagles goes a long way in Dallas and the NFC East, and that’s exactly what the Cowboys delivered in a 37-10 victory over their division rival.

Cowboys convert on early Eagles mistakes

The Cowboys pounced on early mistakes by the Eagles, converting a pair of first-quarter turnovers into touchdowns to take a 14-0 lead.

Jaylon Smith recovered a fumble by tight end Dallas Goedert near midfield on Philadelphia’s opening drive. The Cowboys responded with a touchdown drive that ended with a 20-yard scamper from wide receiver Tavon Austin.

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The next Eagles possession lasted two plays before DeMarcus Lawrence sacked Carson Wentz and forced a fumble that the Cowboys recovered at Philadelphia’s 14-yard line. Two Ezekiel Elliott runs later, and the Cowboys had a 14-0 lead.

From there, they didn’t look back as their defense never allowed the Eagles offense to get on track to make things competitive.

A win over the Eagles goes a long way, but doesn't answer all the questions surrounding the Dallas Cowboys. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Crucial win after 3-game losing streak

It was a critical win for the Cowboys, who face a stout remaining schedule that includes games against the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and another matchup with the Eagles — all teams that should figure into the playoff hunt.

They improve to 4-3 and sit atop the NFC East, a game ahead of Philadelphia with a leg up in head-to-head matchups.

That edge in the standings means Dallas’ schedule becomes slightly less daunting as the reeling Eagles are the team coming out of Sunday night looking up in the division standings.

Questions still linger

But it doesn’t erase the troubling signs that showed up in consecutive losses to the Jets, New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers after a 3-0 start against the Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and pre-Daniel Jones New York Giants — some of the league’s worst teams.

After feasting on the league’s dregs, the Cowboys looked like a second-tier team when facing top-shelf NFC competition. Then the Jets loss raised serious questions about whether the Cowboys are legitimate contenders.

Sunday’s victory didn’t answer those questions. But the Cowboys got the big games they’ve come to expect from their offensive triumvirate of Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, all of whom excelled Sunday.

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MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 30: South team's quarterback Dak Prescott #15 with Mississippi State on January 30, 2016 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Quarterback Dak Prescott #14 of Mississippi State speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum during preseason on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
25 SEP 2016: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott (4) [20763] during the NFL game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys warming up before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Bengals 28-14. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Ezekiel Elliott #21 takes the handoff from Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the game against the Green Bay Packers on October 16, 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Cowboys defeated the Packers 30-16. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up prior to overtime with Quarterback Tony Romo (9) looking on during the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on October 30, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Dallas defeats Philadelphia 29-23 in overtime. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Dak Prescott #4 hands the ball off to Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the field after a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Cowboys defeated the Steelers 35-30. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 13: Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott (4) after an interview during the NFL Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 13, 2016, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. The Cowboys defeated the Steelers with a final score of 35-30. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 20: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) points to the sky after throwing a touchdown during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens on November 20, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Dallas defeats Baltimore 27-17. (Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up on the field prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) leads the huddle against the Tampa Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dak Prescott #4 (L), Ezekiel Elliott #21, and Cole Beasley #11 of the Dallas Cowboys relax before the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 15: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: NFL player Dak Prescott attends The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
OXNARD, CA - JULY 24: Dak Prescott #4 and head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys share a laugh during the first day of training camp on July 24, 2017 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys adjusts his jersey on the field during warmups before a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the handoff from Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium on August 26, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 17: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the field during player warm ups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up prior to the NFL game between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys on October 1, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the field prior to their NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant #88 against the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 22: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the sidelines during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 29: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Cowboys win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 29, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) scrambles free from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey (97) for a touchdown run in the first half on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Brad Loper/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 12: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys warm up prior to the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to evade tackle on a scramble in the first half of a football game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) smiles during pregame warmups before a game against the New York Giants on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (David Kent/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates in the final moments of their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys takes the handoff from Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of a football game against the Seattle Seahawks at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after the Seattle Seahawks beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-12 at AT&T Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: NFL Player Dak Prescott attends the NFL Honors at University of Minnesota on February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) drops back to pass during the morning walk-through at training camp in Oxnard, Calif., on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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Prescott connected on 21-of-27 passes for 239 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He added 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Elliott finished with 111 yards and a touchdown on the ground while catching six passes for 39 yards. Cooper led the team with five catches for 106 yards.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys defense limited the Eagles to 283 yards from scrimmage while forcing four turnovers.

They’re all good signs that stopped the bleeding that resulted from the Cowboys’ three-game losing streak. But there’s still a long way to go in Dallas.

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