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Back From Bad Start?

Updating: The Eagles got within 7-6, following a 48-yard David Akers field goal that capped a 54-yard drive, 12 plays plus one penalty, lots of good momentum for the running game.Things looked better, especially with Jason Peters returning at the 2-minute warning. Apparently, those ankle X-rays were negative.

Back From Bad Start?

Updating: The Eagles got within 7-6, following a 48-yard David Akers field goal that capped a 54-yard drive, 12 plays plus one penalty, lots of good momentum for the running game.Things looked better, especially with Jason Peters returning at the 2-minute warning. Apparently, those ankle X-rays were negative.

Then, though, the defense got shaky. First it allowed a 64-yard Tony Romo completion to Patrick Crayton. Then, for the second time in the game, the Cowboys set up points by converting a long third down on an inside screen to wideout Kevin Ogletree. Maybe after halftime, the Birds will have figured that one out.

It's 10-6 Cowboys at the half, following a 22-yard Nick Folk field goal.

Earlier: Well, we're into the second quarter and the Cowboys are still winning, 7-3 now, after a 45-yard David Akers field goal.

Most ominous development so far was when Jay Ratliff rolled up Jason Peters' ankle while sacking Donovan McNabb. Peters did not go to the locker room right away, instead getting retaped, but now he's inside getting an ankle X-ray. Todd Herremans moved to Peters' left tackle spot, Nick Cole moved from right to left guard, and Stacy Andrews came in for Cole at right guard. Andrews just gave up a sack to Jay Ratliff, killing the Birds' drive and making the field goal tougher than it should have been.

Earlier: The Eagles are down 7-0, thanks to a pass that rookie wideout Jeremy Maclin volleyballed off his hands to Dallas's Gerald Sensabaugh, setting the Cowboys up at the Birds' 37.

Seven plays later, Tashard Choice took a Wildcat snap through a large hole left of center, from 2 yards out. Several times so far, the Eagles have used a funky defensive lineup that features 3, 2, or no down linemen. It hasn't worked great. In fact, the no-down-linemen version surrendered a 21-yard screen completion to Kevin Ogletreee on third and 9 from the Eagles' 23; Dallas didn't seem taken aback, or confused.

Stay tuned.

Les Bowen Daily News Staff Writer
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