ARLINGTON, Texas — It’s been another glass-half-empty or glass-half-full first half for the Cowboys as they lead Philadelphia 6-0 at the break.
Dallas didn’t score a touchdown in the first half, gave up an interception going into the end zone and squandered another chance in the red zone at the end of the second quarter when kicker Brett Maher missed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide right.
But the Cowboys’ defense dominated, holding Philadelphia to 71 total yards and no trips into the red zone. Tyrone Crawford forced a fumble that Maliek Collins recovered, allowing Dallas to take over the ball at the end of the second quarter.
That led to Maher’s 62-yard field goal to end the half and double Dallas’s lead.
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott burned the Eagles defense at times as he posted 111 total yards in the first half. He had 18 touches with 11 carries for 72 yards and 7 catches for 39 yards.
The Cowboys caught a break on the first play of the game when Jourdan Lewis attempted a return on the kickoff. Lewis fumbled at the Dallas 18, though he was called down.
The Eagles challenged the play and the officials ruled that it was a fumble, but they couldn’t determine who recovered it. That was despite an apparent clear recovery by Philadelphia. So Dallas took over and promptly went three-and-out.
But at least the Cowboys didn’t give up points off a turnover in the first two minutes of the game.
So the big questions for the second half: Can Dallas capitalize on scoring opportunities and extend its winning streak to five games? And is Elliott getting warned up or worn out with his busy first half?