The Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night in a 34-7 blowout win. Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy ran over the Cowboys like DeMarco Murray did against the Rams last week. McCoy finished with 185 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the best run defense in the league.
QB Michael Vick also did his best Peyton Manning impression with pin-point accurate passes all night. Vick went 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns. He also tossed in 50 rushing yards. To give you an idea of how good the Eagles were tonight on offense, they did not even punt the ball until well into the fourth quarter.
On the Eagles opening drive, their offense used four pass plays and four rushing plays to drive down the field fairly easily on the Dallas defense. Jeremy Maclin capped the long drive with a nice wideout screen pass play for a 12 yard touchdown from Vick. The Eagles took the early lead, 7-0.
On the Cowboy’s opening drive, a penalty and two sacks shutdown the Dallas offense early and forced a punt. It was a sign of things to come as the Eagles offense continued to roll. A 34 yard McCoy run lead to a short TD run for him. The Eagles extended the lead in the first quarter, 14-0.
On the next Cowboys offensive series, TE Martellus Bennett tipped a pass right into the Eagles secondary for a interception. Their offense took advantage of the opportunity, with a Vick to TE Brent Celek touchdown pass. The score jumped to 21-0, early in the second quarter.
On the previous drive, Cowboy’s ILB Sean Lee sprained his left wrist. He would not return. Keith Brooking would take his place. Philadelphia took advantage of this mis-match all night and continued to score at will. Just before the half, Vick would take the Eagles downfield again and score on a 24 yard field goal by rookie kicker Alex Henery. The Eagles took the lead into halftime, 24-0. They scored on every one of their offensive possessions in the first half.
On the Cowboys’ opening drive of the second half, the offense came out cold and could not move the ball down the field despite Miles Austin making his first catch of the game. In an interesting substitution, Punter Matt McBriar was replaced by rookie kicker Dan Bailey at the end of that drive. McBriar was playing with a left leg injury which he appeared to have re-aggravated.
A batted down ball on the goal line by Dallas CB Frank Walker forced the Eagles to kick a 26 yard field goal on their following drive. The Eagles extend their blowout lead midway through the third quarter, 27-0. CB Mike Jenkins then injured his hamstring and would not return to the game.
To add insult to a couple key injuries, the Eagles converted a 4th and one play to end the third quarter. Why not? There is no such thing as “winning gracefully” in Philadelphia anyway. Why not pile it on? That drive ended on a 13 yard McCoy rushing touchdown. Philly up big, 34-0.
One of the Cowboys’ lone bright spots was WR Laurent Robinson who scored a 70 yards touchdown pass from QB Tony Romo midway through the fourth quarter. Robinson finished the night with five receptions for 103 yards and that score. Dallas finally got on the board, 34-7.
A blown pass interference non-call on CB Nnamdi Asomugha denied a sure Dez Bryant touchdown late in the fourth, but it didn’t much matter at that point. Dallas ended the game on a whimper. Unfortunately for the Boys, DT Jay Ratliff limped on the field late in the fourth quarter with an injury.
The Dallas defense only allowed 69.7 rushing yards on average to opposing offenses until this game. The Eagles dropped 239 total rushing yards on them on Sunday night. But Demarcus Ware did manage to record four sacks on the elusive Vick.
The Dallas offense struggled with just 267 yards of total offense. Philadelphia racked up 495 yards. Romo finished the game going 18 of 35 for 203 passing yards with a touchdown and a interception. Rookie running back DeMarco Murray had 74 rushing yards on only eight carries.
Dallas’ record drops to 3-4, tied with the Eagles, with the 2-5 Seattle Seahawks on the schedule for next Sunday in Arlington.