A crushing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday evening hasn’t knocked Micah Parsons off his stride.
The Cowboys star has said the 28-23 loss at Lincoln Financial Field emboldened the Dallas players, who sensed that they were close to beating their hated rivals but fell just a little bit short.
“We know we played good enough to win that game,” Parsons said. “But we didn’t. That’s just how the dice rolls sometimes. Sometimes you play good enough and good enough isn’t good enough. That’s just the reality of the game.”
“We have even more confidence now”
Parsons, who made nine tackles and recorded 1.5 sacks on Sunday, helped the Cowboys hold the Eagles to under 300 yards of offense and fewer than five yards per play. Dallas had a 17-14 lead at halftime, but Philadelphia roared back in the second half, with two third-quarter touchdowns proving decisive.
The Cowboys got back in the game via a Dak Prescott touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but with the potential to bring Dallas within three points, Prescott scampered out of bounds on the ensuing two-point conversion try.
Parsons, though, doesn’t see what all the fuss is about regarding the 8-1 Eagles, who are in position to repeat as NFC East winners.
I feel like we have even more confidence now. I feel like everybody had us out and everyone was praising this Eagles team. Obviously, we gave them their best fit. I’m not even going to spit fuel on the fire. We’ll see them again in four weeks.
Another loss to a top team
Although the Cowboys were close, the loss in Philadelphia is the second time this season that Dallas has been unable to overcome one of the NFC‘s elite.
The Cowboys were bashed in Week 5 by the San Francisco 49ers, a game that was regarded as a barometer for whether Dallas was truly ready for championship contention. Mike McCarthy‘s men have lost their past two meetings with the Eagles in Philly — an ominous sign ahead of a potential playoff matchup between the teams in January.
But as Parsons said, the Cowboys have more than a month before they see the Eagles again — and Dallas is about to kick off a stretch of four home games in five weeks, starting with the New York Giants next Sunday.