The Pros & Cons of the Cowboys Victory over the Eagles

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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

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jarius Wynn (92) and defensive end George Selvie (99) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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!

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  • SmartThinking

    Vega: I like Vega’s energy. Penalties: I think the number of penalties committed were as much about the amount of fighting at the line of scrimmage as anything. I’ll be interested to hear the coaches talk about the penalties. When the film is reviewed, I’ll bet there was a lot more movement by the Eagle lines than the television showed. Claiborne: Something is wrong with Claiborne. Either he’s hurt or he’s lost his confidence. Either way, he’s becoming a liability. Romo: Romo plays up to the level of his competition. Next week against the Lions, we’ll see Romo and the offense break out for a big game if for no other reason than to show everyone how much better our tools are than theirs.

  • Big D Fan

    I wont go as far as to say the running game struggled. Cowboys just don’t use it effectively. They don’t seem to know when to mix in the run. Plus the last few series they were running Randle just to kill time and everyone was expecting it. There were times in that game with the lead they are running no back sets. Exposing Romo to unnecessary hits and interceptions. Commit to the run

  • Paul Sharpe

    My god!!? Learn some grammar…

  • jayhwk01

    I have thought for a long time Romo takes hits that draw flags on any other QB in the league except him. Last week it was excuse me hits on RGIII by Church that drew curious flags. It is ridiculous. Anyway fun game. Love beating the Eagles but I am concerned about the running game.