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02 November 2020 04:41

Late in the second quarter, Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory got flagged for roughing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

Almost everyone was struggling in the first half of Sunday's game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Even the officials. Late in the second quarter, Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory got flagged for roughing Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Gregory hit Wentz as soon as he released the football. It wasn't a late hit, nor was it a blow to the head.

How is this roughing? He got flagged for what officials deemed a low hit on this play: C'mon. This can't be a personal foul for a low hit on an #NFL quarterback. This is absurd. pic.twitter.com/b9XEFwz11m — Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) November 2, 2020 This kind of roughing penalty is intended to protect quarterbacks from potentially season-ending knee injuries.

But Gregory didn't hit Wentz's knees. He landed a textbook tackle by hitting Wentz in the right thigh pad. There's no way that should be roughing. The penalty set the Eagles up with first-and-10 at the Cowboys 34-yard line. They did not take advantage of their good fortune.

Wentz bails out refs On the very next play, Wentz through a pass toward the end zone in double coverage. His intended target Jalen Reagor did not catch it. Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs did. After a pair of sack fumbles, the interception was Wentz's third turnover of the half. Which was worse? The roughing call or the interception? Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton) More More from Yahoo Sports: Getty Images The Cowboys had only three takeaways in their first seven games. They have three tonight against Carson Wentz. Wentz's two fumbles and interception have kept the Cowboys in the game, and Greg Zuerlein's three field goals have given the Cowboys a 9-7 halftime lead. Zuerlein made two 49-yard field goals, one coming after a Wentz fumble, and a 59-yarder with six seconds remaining in the half that followed the Eagles turning it over on downs. The Cowboys are playing third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci with Dak Prescott out for the season with an ankle injury and Andy Dalton out this week with a concussion. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has either gone deep into the playbook or is drawing up plays in the sand. They have tried everything, including having Ezekiel Elliott take three direct snaps and Cedrick Wilson one. Still, the Cowboys have only 92 yards, with DiNucci going 7-of-17 for 67 yards. Elliott has 10 carries for 32 yards. Wentz has lost two fumbles, with Donovan Wilson and Leighton Vander Esch getting strip sacks, and rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs picked Wentz in the end zone. Wentz is 8-of-16 for 81 yards with a touchdown to rookie Jalen Reagor. Boston Scott has 63 rushing yards on 10 carries. Trevon Diggs has his first two interceptions as an NFL player. The Cowboys' second-round rookie cornerback picked off a Carson Wentz pass just before halftime against the Eagles on Sunday Night Football, making a diving catch in the end zone. Diggs' first interception capped a three-turnover first half by the Cowboys' defense. Cowboys forced three turnovers in their first seven games. They forced three turnovers tonight in first half against Eagles. Two strip-sack fumbles (S Donovan Willson, LB Leighton Vander Esch forced) and CB Trevon Diggs' first NFL interception. — Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 2, 2020 That play also stopped a cold streak for the Dallas defense in the interceptions department. Diggs' was the team's first since Week 1 against the LA Rams. Trevon Diggs intercepted a Carson Wentz pass in the end zone - his first career interception and the first interception by a Dallas defender since Week 1 at the LA Rams (9/13). Diggs then doubled the Cowboys' previous season total with his second interception of the game, this one in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Diggs is the first Cowboys rookie defender with an interception since Leighton Vander Esch in 2018, and he's the first Cowboys rookie defender with two in one game since Sean Lee in 2010. Digg's interception was the first by a Cowboys rookie defender since Leighton Vander Esch picked off Matt Ryan at Atlanta in his rookie 2018 season (11/18/18). With two interceptions by Trevon Diggs in tonight's game, it marked the first time a Cowboys rookie had two interceptions in a single game since Sean Lee had two at Indianapolis (12/5/10). — Dallas Cowboys Public Relations (@DallasCowboysPR) November 2, 2020 Find more Cowboys coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.