I felt as bad for Dallas Cowboys fans that had to watch last night's battle with the Philadelphia Eagles as I did for Ben DiNucci. The 2020 7th round draft pick had the unenviable job of starting at quarterback against the Eagles and unfortunately, The Nooch fared no better than Andy Dalton or any Dallas starting signal caller not named Dak. He was sacked four times and he fumbled twice, while he mustered 180 passing yards. The Cowboys offense has been so ugly the last few weeks that head coach Mike McCarthy went into his bag of tricks to try and pull a rabbit out of his hat. Instead, it looked more like Mr. Hanky as Dallas dropped their sixth game of the season and they now solely occupy third place in the NFC East.

The Eagles might be in first place in their division with a 3-4-1 record this season, but that is not much of an accomplishment. The NFC East is by far the worst it has been from top to bottom in as long as I can remember. It is sad that one of these teams will actually be awarded with a trip to the postseason.

Despite a trade with the Houston Texans today for defensive tackle Eli Ankou, the Cowboys have plenty of other issues to address. Their defensive backs have been an issue all season and solidifying the interior is far from patching things up for coordinator Mike Nolan. The offensive line has been in shambles and they have not been able to adequately protect any of their quarterbacks or open up holes for Zeke and the running game.

As bad as the season has been, it is crazy to think that Dallas is just one win behind the Eagles. Things will not get any easier on Sunday when the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers visit AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys will have a bye week before playing in Minnesota, home for Washington, and then travel to Baltimore and Cincinnati. Hopefully Dalton will be able to return from his concussion as soon as next weekend to at least give the Cowboys offense a chance. However, if Dallas is going to turn their season around over the final eight games and get back into the postseason picture, first year head coach Mike McCarthy will have to work miracles with this group.

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