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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