Cowboys Win Ugly Over Eagles, Lead Division
The Cowboys entered Sunday’s game with the Eagles tied for the division lead with Philadelphia. After a less-than stellar first half by both teams, it really did seem like nobody wanted to win this division. The Cowboys came into the game with the third most points scored in the first half this season in the league. A 3-0 lead at halftime was far from what anyone had expected of two offenses that can score in a hurry. Despite the lack of sizzle by either team, the Cowboys pulled away to win 17-3, improve to 4-3 and take over sole possession of first place.
Michael Vick was sidelined with a leg injury which meant Austin Westlake High School grad Nick Foles got the start at quarterback for Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense. Foles limped around most of the day himself on a bad knee and was completely ineffective all day. Foles was so bad that after going just 11-29 for 80 yards, and being booed murcilessly by Eagles fans, Matt Barkley replaced him. The team said it was because of a head injury, and that may be the case, but I doubt that Kelly would have stayed with him much longer regardless. Barkley came in and threw 20 passes and had three picked off by a Cowboys defense that was tired of being kicked around by, not only the media, but the Chargers, Broncos and most every other team they faced this season. The Boys defense was ranked 30th in the league entering the game.
Phillip Tanner scored on a one yard run and Terrance Williams continues to show improvement and caught a 9 yard pass from Romo for the other Cowboys touchdown. The Cowboys travel to Detroit to play the Lions, who lost to the Bengals Sunday 27-24.
A few interesting notes from the game;
– Tony Romo has now started 100 games in his career and thrown for more yards than any quarterback in history.
– Tony Romo finished 28-47 for 317 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. For the year 15 TD’s, 4 ints.
-The Eagles have now lost a franchise-record 9 straight home games.
– Dez Bryant caught 8 passes for 110 yards.
-DeMarcus Ware sat out the first game of his 134 game NFL career with a quad strain.