Philadelphia Eagles: Troy Aikman’s “Team Win” comment rings true

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As the Philadelphia Eagles dispatched the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday to take control of the NFC East, Fox broadcaster Troy Aikman hit the nail on the head in his evaluation of the Birds’ victory.

It sure wasn’t pretty or easy, but the best triumphs never are.

And when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles and their 17-9 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, it was a former ‘Boy who made a dead-on accurate statement.

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Near the end of Fox’s broadcast, Troy Aikman asserted that the Eagles’ performance was “the best team win” that he had seen in his broadcasting career, taking into account the high stakes of the game and the face that the Eagles were so undermanned.

Aikman reiterated the comment after the game had ended while putting a bow on things with Philadelphia’s favorite broadcaster, Joe Buck.

Color me impressed.

Even though I’ll never fully get past the fact that Aikman was part of those hated Cowboy teams of the 1990’s, he’s carved out a nice post-playing career as a broadcaster. Dare I say he’s even respected to some degree in Philadelphia of all places?

It doesn’t hurt that he’s shown a willingness to be critical of his former organization when they’ve deserved it. In this way, he seems to be genuinely “telling it like it is”. So when he delivers such high praise to the Eagles, I feel like it carries a good amount of weight.

I can’t argue with him. The textbook example of “team win”, this victory exemplified Birds fans’ idealized version of “Eagles football” as they absolutely gutted it out for 60 minutes and did everything they needed to win.

Carson Wentz, depleted receiving corps and all, threw for 319 yards and moved into striking distance of the Eagles’ all-time single-season passing record.

Miles Sanders didn’t pull off another 100-yard performance, but he churned out 79 yards on 20 carries, including a 38-yard run.

Dallas Goedert and Greg Ward had excellent days to pick up the slack for Zach Ertz, who was clearly hobbled after a hard hit.

Fletcher Cox forced a fumble and played a key role in holding Ezekiel Elliott to just 47 yards.

Sidney Jones of all people, SIDNEY JONES, made a critical knockdown of a pass in the endzone to effectively seal the victory.

And the list went on and on.

What a win.

Maybe Dak Prescott was hurt even worse than was speculated, and that’s why the Eagles’ defense was able to excel.

Maybe the Eagles finish the job in the NFC East but are just cannon fodder in the first round of the playoffs.

Maybe, maybe, maybe.

None of that matters right now.

At this moment, all that counts is that the Philadelphia Eagles dug deep and pulled off a fantastic team win against their most bitter rival.

Spot on, Mr. Aikman.

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