The Dallas Cowboys handed the Philadelphia Eagles their ninth straight home loss on Sunday, 17-3. The Cowboys did so by playing outstanding defense without their best player, All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware, who missed his very first game in nine years. Below you’ll find my initial thoughts on the game via my pros and cons.
PRO: Defense plays well
So much was made of the high-octane Chip Kelly offense and how his Oregon teams had defeated Monte Kiffin’s defense while he was at USC. That ended up being a load of bull as Kiffin’s new Cowboys defense manhandled the Eagles by allowing them just 293 yards of total offense. They held the NFL’s leading rusher, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, to 55 yards on 18 attempts. And they held Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to just 80 passing yards in the first three quarters. Throw in three sacks and three interceptions (should have been four), and you might have just seen the Cowboys best defensive performance of the year so far. And the Eagles worst. Note to the Cowboys front office: Whomever the scout was who found defensive end George Selvie on the streets…he needs to be given a raise immediately!