The Dallas Cowboys (3-4) traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (3-4) in an NFC East, Sunday Night Football match-up. Both teams looked to capture a much needed divison win to combat their slow starts and to keep on pace with the division leading New York Giants. Philadelphia spilt their meetings with Dallas last season, and looked to snap a five-game home losing streak, and also keep Andy Reid’s 12-0 bye week win-streak alive.
Philadelphia made the most of their time off, as the Eagles annihilated the Cowboys 34-7.
Here are some quick thoughts and opinion from the Philadelphia Eagles win:
– LeSean McCoy, LeSean McCoy, LeSean McCoy, LeSean McCoy
One of the biggest discussions coming into this game was the Dallas Cowboys top ranked run defense going up against LeSean McCoy and the Eagles top ranked rushing offense. Rob Ryan even talked some smack, and thought that Dallas would shut down McCoy and the Eagles running game. Nice try, Rob. McCoy exploded against the Cowboys defense from the very first snap and made the Cowboys defense look like a JV high school squad.
McCoy finished the game with a Barry Sanders-esqe stat-line, with 30 attempts, 185 yards, and two touchdowns. McCoy needs to start being considered as the best running back in the NFL from this point forward.
– Defense, Defense, Defense, Defense
For those who were calling for Juan Castillo to be fired, (I was one of them), he will live to coach another week, and more than likely the remainder of the season. Until one deep pass from Tony Romo to Laurent Robinson on a busted play, Philadelphia nearly handed Dallas a shutout through four quarters. Shutout hopes aside, the Eagles defense was lights out. Everything that could have gone right for Philadelphia happened on defense, and every player stepped it up.
I could rattle off 100 different numbers that would prove how impressive the Eagles defense played, but I think that the score speaks for itself. Also — Dez Bryant, the Cowboys marquee wide receiver, was held to only three catches for 28 yards.
– Efficient Offensive Scoring
As I stated earlier, the Eagles offense jumped out to a strong start. Scoring on their opening drive for the first time all season, and then continuing to score 27 unanswered points. Philadelphia only had to punt the ball twice, one of the times coming with two minutes left in the fourth, and long after the game was totally locked up. The most shocking part of the whole thing — the Eagles converted in the red zone.
Philadelphia was held to field goals twice inside the 20, but it was still points on the board. Considering the team’s recent struggles with scoring at all in the red zone, this was a breath of fresh air. Whatever changed, it was for the best, and the Eagles offense looked really sharp all game. Michael Vick was making the right reads, and LeSean McCoy was a total monster on the ground. Combine that with efficient wide receiver play downfield, and Philadelphia’s offense was unstoppable.
– Plain and Simple Offensive Power
The Eagles offense was like a train off the rails. But aside from the efficient scoring, the Eagles posted stunning numbers against the Cowboys defense. Racking up a whopping 495 total offensive yards, 239 on the ground, 256 through the air. Despite playing against an agressive Dallas defense under Rob Ryan, Vick and the Eagles offense was able to keep the ball in Philadelphia’s possession, and did not turn the ball over all game.
However, the most impressive number of the night was the Eagles time of possession compared to the Cowboys. Philadelphia held the ball for 42:09, as to Dallas with 17:51 seconds. The Eagles hypothetically had the ball on offense for nearly three quarters of the game, and really gave the Cowboys offense no time to establish themselves. This reflects directly on the effectiveness of Vick and McCoy, and also the Eagles defensive performance.
– Andy Reid Keeps The Streak Alive
It is well known how good Andy Reid is coming off of bye weeks, in fact he is perfect. In his career he is undefeated when coming off of bye’s, and Reid was able to keep that number alive following this blowout win over Dallas. Considering that most Eagles games fans are throwing their arm’s into the air at some point over Reid’s play-calling, he was totally perfect this game. There was not an offensive, or defensive, snap where I was upset with the decision making.
The team was collected, cool, and executed Reid’s plays to perfection. Also, for the first time ever, Reid was perfect on challenges, winning two of them.
– Philadelphia is Obviously Still The Team To Beat
This win proves what everyone already knew, Philadelphia is the best team in the NFC East. Dallas is clearly still battling through some internal issues and really can not be considered a serious threat, the Redskins are terrible and have no quarterback and their defense is too young, and the Giants are always a question mark and seem to be skating by off luck.
There really is no question, the Eagles are the most talented team in the division.
This was a much needed win for Philadelphia, and also a very convincing one. This marks the Eagles snapping a home losing streak, and also extends their own winning streak to two games. The bye week for Philadelphia came at the perfect time, and this is the team’s chance to turn the season around and make a legitimate run for the Super Bowl, and this win could be the momentum bring the momentum the team needed.
Next week Philadelphia takes on the Chicago Bears (4-3) in a Monday Night Football showcase.