Eagles Unload on Dallas

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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.

The next Dallas series, something happened to the Cowboys that has happened to the Eagles more than once this season. Tight end Martellus Bennett, fighting for a pass with Moise Fokou, tipped the ball into the air, and Nnamdi Asomugha made a diving catch for his second Eagles interception.

Vick went right to work with that opportunity, covering the 67 yards in 11 plays. He found Jason Avant over the middle on third and 8 from the Dallas 29 for 20 yards, then had plenty of time to go to Brent Celek in the back of the end zone for a 21-0 lead, with 10:13 left in the second quarter.