The Cowboys pulled out numerous trick performs of their 23-9 loss to the Eagles on “Sunday Night time Soccer,” however the weirdest sequence of performs got here late within the fourth quarter and have been an ideal illustration of the NFC East this season.
Down by 12 factors with the ball and dealing with a fourth-and-17 at its 16, Dallas (2-6) elected to take a delay of sport penalty after which snap the ball out the again of the top zone whereas in punt formation, leading to a security. That made the rating 23-9, Eagles — nonetheless a two-possession sport — with 3:55 to play and gave the Cowboys an opportunity to recuperate an onside free kick from their 20.
Then it obtained even weirder. Kicker Greg Zuerlein, who was the lone offense for Dallas on the evening with three discipline targets, lofted a shallow punt, resulting in an enormous dogpile. Philadelphia (3-4-1) got here out with the ball, however it was nonetheless a fairly intelligent concept and practically paid off.
Followers cherished it. Who would not wish to see extra onside punts?
If somebody was watching soccer for the primary time tonight, they could perceive this sport greater than I do.
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) November 2, 2020
Cowboys, Sept. 1: tremendous bowl certain
Cowboys, Nov. 1: trying an onside security punt in opposition to the 2-4-1 Eagles
— Nick Whalen (@wha1en) November 2, 2020
Drained: punt on 4th & 22 from ur personal finish zone
Wired: go for it
Impressed: intentional security + onside punt
— liam (@lgibstr) November 2, 2020