Eagles-Cowboys report card

Here are our grades for the Eagles-Cowboys game:

RUSHING OFFENSE

A week after calling just 5 run plays in the second half v. Redskins, Andy Reid wisely went with a more balanced approach vs. Cowboys. Ran it 18 times in the first half for 58 yards, including 9- and 16-yard runs by Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook that set up the Eagles’ first score, and a QB sneak for a TD by Donovan McNabb. Grade: B-plus

PASSING OFFENSE

Donovan McNabb’s numbers were mode st (12-for-21, 175 yards). But he managed the game well and threw 2 touchdowns, one to Buckhalter and another to tight end Brent Celek. No interceptions for the fourth time in the last 5 games. Grade: B-plus

RUN DEFENSE

Eagles did another excellent job against the run, holding the Cowboys to 2.9 yards per carry in the first half when stopping the run still was still a priority. In their last 7 games, they’ve held opponents to 3.1 yards per carry.  Grade: A

PASS DEFENSE

Tony Romo, who picked apart the Eagles in Week 2, completed just 21 of 39 passes and was sacked 3 times, 2 of which resulted in turnovers. Eagles were in his face most of the day. For the first time this season, he failed to throw a touchdown pass. Grade: A-plus

SPECIAL TEAMS

DeSean Jackson’s 21-yard first-quarter punt return kick-started the Eagles’ first scoring drive. Eagles’ kickoff coverage was a little bit shakey. They gave up 36- and 37-yard returns. David Akers hit 3 of 4 field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder at the end of the second quarter that pretty much made it game, set and match. Grade: B-minus

OVERALL

Oakland and Houston gave the Eagles second life, and this time, they didn’t blow it. Andy Reid came out with a well-thought-out, balanced offensive game plan, his quarterback managed the game well, and his defense held its fourth straight opponent to less than 15 points. Grade: A

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