This was the Eagles best game of the season. They won by the score of 33-10 in front a national audience in Dallas, but it could have easily been much worse if the Birds had put the ball in the end zone at a higher percentage when they got in the Red Zone. The inefficiency in the Red Zone is about the only shortcoming the Birds offense had today.
Of course the offense played an outstanding game with the guys upfront dominating the Dallas defensive front. The Birds had a total of 250 yards rushing and Mark Sanchez had all day to throw the football.
Sanchez did a great job of executing the offense, but most importantly he took care of the football. He’s going to have his work cut out for him against the Seahawks but let’s enjoy this Dallas win for now. Sanchez completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards and one touchdowns.
LeSean McCoy hit the holes decisively and he made guys miss in the open field. McCoy ran for 159 yards on 25 carries. This week you won’t hear much about him not being the same back he was last year. The line was opening up some huge holes for McCoy and company to run through earlier today. McCoy had the safeties in one-on-one situations with room to operate.
Chip Kelly and the offensive staff pounded the Cowboys with the running game and when they got them set up with that, they had Sanchez pull the football out on bootlegs and hit Eagles receivers running crossing routes. It was another big day for Jeremy Maclin, who caught eight passes for 108 yards.
I was impressed by the play of the Eagles offense, but I wasn’t shocked. I’ve seen them play that way before under the leadership of Kelly.
The play of the Eagles defense on the other hand was a shock. I’ve never seen this secondary play as well as they did today. This was by far the best football game which Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams and Nate Allen played very well together. Fletcher and Williams each took their turns blanketing the Cowboys receivers, including Pro Bowl wide out Dez Bryant. Allen forced two turnovers, a fumble recovery and an interception. Can they play like that again? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Eagles front seven played well as they kept DeMarco Murray under control, which is no easy job. Fletcher Cox who contributed a sack and some great play against the run was a standout upfront. They got some pressure on Tony Romo and that helped the coverage keep the Cowboys passing game under wraps. Romo threw for only 199 yards and was picked off twice.
Billy Davis and his defense held the Cowboys offense, which is one of the best offenses in the league to only 267 yards. Romo and crew were never on top of their game. I expect to see a different crew in a couple of weeks, but there’s no question that Davis dialed up the right defenses this time around.