What we're talking about inthe aftermath of the Eagles' 24-0 shutout loss to the Dallas Cowboys:
1. To Your Health: Asante Samuel whiffed trying to jump a route on the 10-yard TD pass to Jason Witten that finished the Cowboys’ opening drive, but Samuel used the same risky technique and tipped the pass to Patrick Crayton that Joselio Hanson intercepted to thwart a second long drive … then got burned again against Miles Austin on a 40-yard gainer.
2. Miss Communication: It looked like Sheldon Brown blew a coverage on Patrick Crayton’s TD catch, but a receiver flashed in front of Brown as QB Tony Romo pumped, and safety Quintin Mikell appeared to be the one who bit and did not cover Crayton deeper into the play.
3. So low: The low shotgun snap and resultant fumble by replacement center Nick Cole squelched the second-quarter momentum supplied by DeSean Jackson’s 32-yard catch-and-run. The ball never reached as high as McNabb’s knees.
4. Think again: Big tackle Jason Peters’ dumb personal foul penalty for blocking little Mike Jenkins while both players were out of bounds short-circuited the Eagles’ 2-minute drive before it really began – a drive on which DeSean Jackson dropped two passes.
5. Time out!: The Eagles only had two timeouts entering their 2-minute drill because they blew one in the first quarter, when a misaligned punting unit caused panic as the play-clock waned. The Birds unwisely called timeout instead of taking the 5-yard penalty for delay of game, a meaningless penalty since they were at the Cowboys’ 39, anyway.
6. Free at last: Cowboys tackle Doug Free rode Sheldon Brown 20 yards to secure a 49-yard TD run for Felix Jones in the third.
7. Where's the run?: The Eagles ran the ball just 10 times and threw it 36. Some of that was because they were down early, but they seemed to abandon the run game too quickly.
-- Marcus Hayes
NUMBERS TO PONDER
* The Eagles were shut out for just the fourth time in the Andy Reid era. Their last goose egg was a 42-0 loss to Seattle on Dec. 5, 2005, with Mike McMahon at quarterback. The other 2: 17-0 to Tampa Bay on Sept. 8, 2003, and 26-0 to Buffalo on Sept. 26, 1999.
* The Eagles have given up 27 passing touchdowns this season, including two more yesterday. That’s the most they’ve allowed in the Andy Reid era. They’ve given up nine in the last four games. They’ve given up multiple touchdown passes in nine of 16 games this season.
* Jason Witten’s 10-yard touchdown catch was the ninth TD catch by a tight end against the Eagles this season.
* The Eagles have been outscored 107-72 in the third quarter this season.
* The Eagles have held just two of their last nine opponents to 17 points or less.
* The Eagles were 0-for-1 in the red zone Sunday, losing a fumble on their only trip inside the Cowboys’ 20-yard line. They are 4-for-14 in the red zone in their five losses this season, 21-for-38 in their 11 wins.
* DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin combined for just 11 receptions in two games against the Cowboys. Neither had a touchdown catch in the two games.
* The Eagles had 2 false start penalties yesterday (by Jason Peters and Max Jean-Gilles. They have five in the last two games after committing just one false start in the previous four games.
* Donovan McNabb completed just 20 of 36 passes, a 55.5 percent completion percentage. He has completed 60-plus percent of his passes in just one of his last 13 games against the Cowboys.
-- Paul Domowitch
THE OPENING LINE
Daily News handicapper Vegas Vic has the Cowboys as a four-point favorite over the Eagles in Saturday's NFC wild-crd game.
Home games: Dallas, NY Giants, Washington, Green Bay, Minnesota, Houston, Indianapolis and Atlanta.
Road games: Dallas, NY Giants, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, Jacksonville, Tennessee and San Francisco.
To read more on Eagles-Cowboys, including Domo's report card, click here.