The talk going into this game was predominantly about how tough this Eagles team was on both sides of the ball. Nearly all the commentators seem to have forgotten the Eagles loss just a few weeks ago to the Raiders and were still reeling over the huge margin of victory they had over the Giants.
On the other side of the ball the talk had been mostly about how Dallas has yet to win against a worthwhile opponent, and 44-6 (the final score the last time these two teams met) still being brought up as though it just happened last week and not last year.
Philadelphia for the most part held up to their end for a good part of the game on the defensive side of the ball, putting on a formidable pass rush and sacking QB Tony Romo a total of 4 times, and catching an interception; Romo’s first in three three games. The one thing that didn’t hold true however, is this wasn’t last year’s Dallas Cowboys team. Dallas played a very solid defensive game in their own right, and on offense stayed patient and took what the defense gave them.
Dallas was able to keep the Eagles out of the end zone on all but one drive, forcing them to have to settle for three field goals which ultimately decided the game. They were able to sack McNabb 4 times as well and picked two of his passes off, McNabb having only thrown 1 interception thus far this season prior to the game. The pass rush was a major reason why the big play ability of the Eagle’s offense was virtually a no show. Getting to McNabb quickly forced him to chuck the ball down to his underneath man rather than trying to stretch the field.
Tony Romo once again found a slew of receivers to throw to, and even was able to find Roy Williams 5 times for 75 yards. Tony Romo completed passes to 7 different players to include first year wide receiver and preseason stand out Kevin Ogletree.
Miles Austin would once again come up big with the game winning touchdown when he caught a perfectly delivered pass from Tony Romo and ran it the rest of the way for the score. The play would put the Cowboys up 20 to 13 in the fourth quarter. Tony Romo completed the game 21 of 34 for 307 yards. This game makes his fourth 300 yard game of the season.
This game might be a statement for the Dallas Cowboys, but the statement still needs a punctuation mark. Winning this game puts the Cowboys in 1st place in the NFC East, but it will be up to them to continue winning and hold on to that spot. The Cowboys have a lot more to prove, and perhaps their biggest statement will come next month.