The Pros & Cons of the Cowboys Victory over the Eagles

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CON: Free, Vega, Leary Penalties

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) puts his hand on the back of tackle Doug Free (68) during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Before today’s game, Pro Football Focus ranked the Cowboys Doug Free as the best offensive tackle in the NFL. That’s amazing considering Free was the most penalized lineman in the league last season. On top of that, he was nearly released by the Cowboys in the offseason but opted to cut his salary in half to stay. But in Sunday’s game, he regressed. Free was called three times during the game for false starts. That’s just ridiculous!

Defensive end Jason Vega was just activated this week to the active roster due to the injury to DeMarcus Ware. But I won’t be surprised if he’s cut by next week. Vega had two near back-to-back offsides penalties. One of those calls negated an interception by linebacker Bruce Carter. Vega was later bailed out by an interception by linebacker Sean Lee. But still his mistakes could have been costly.

Offensive guard Ron Leary also committed two penalties. He committed a false start penalty in the first quarter of the game and a hand to the face penalty late in the third. The latter prevented the Cowboys from taking advantage of an Eagles penalty which could have extended that particular offensive series for Dallas. Unacceptable.

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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.

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