The Eagles won the toss and drove 79 yards for a touchdown, which established a couple of firsts. It was the first touchdown the Cowboys have given up in the first quarter this season, and the first time the Birds have scored on their first drive of the game.
You could tell Andy Reid was rummaging around in his bag of treats during the bye week. The Eagles ran a couple of new looks during their eight-play drive, including what seemed to be a designed run by Michael Vick that went for 15 yards, from the Dallas 28 to the 13. The Birds scored when Dallas blitzed on third and nine from the 12, and Vick found Jeremy Maclin on a wide receiver screen, with a convoy of blockers to escort him to the end zone.
After the Birds’ defense sacked Tony Romo twice on the Cowboys’ opening drive, which started at their 45 after Alex Henery’s kickoff bounced out of bounds, the Eagles drove 90 yards in seven plays, taking a 14-0 lead.
The big play was another Dallas blitz gone awry, this time the Birds getting a 34-yard scamper through the left side by LeSean McCoy. McCoy scored from the 2 on the next snap. After two series, McCoy had 78 yards on 7 rushes, and Vick had completed four of five for 67 yards and a touchdown.