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Looking Back At Eagles-Cowboys

Did You Notice?

Looking Back At Eagles-Cowboys

Did You Notice?

--Marc Colombo, who had missed the last 7 games with a broken fibula, started at right tackle for the Cowboys in place of Doug Free.

--For the second week in a row, the Cowboys won the toss and elected to receive.

--All of the pre-snap movement by the Eagles’ defense early in the game.

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--While Chris Clemons got credit for the sack of Romo on the Cowboys’, first possession, Tracy White actually set it in motion with an A-gap blitz, getting in untouched and forcing Romo out of the pocket.

--Donovan McNabb’s first throw – an out-route to Jeremy Maclin – was low. His second pass was nearly intercepted. Right guard Max Jean-Gilles was too slow sliding over to pick up a stunting DeMarcus Ware on a third-and-8 blitz on the play.

--Linebacker Chris Gocong, who didn’t play a single down on defense in the previous three games, was inserted early in the game and registered his second sack of the season on the Cowboys’ second possession.

--The intentional grounding penalty on McNabb late in the first-quarter. He had time to throw the ball away, but hung on to it too long.

--Gocong’s big tackle on Patrick Crayton’s second punt return late in the first quarter. Crayton picked up 11 yards. If Gocong didn’t trip him up, he would’ve gained much more than that.

--Eagles had the ball for just 3 minutes, 16 seconds in the first quarter. They started their 2 possessions at their own 10 and their own 5. Started beyond their own 25 just once in 14 possessions.

--Eagles had to waste a timeout with 9 minutes left in the second quarter because they only had 9 defenders on the field after Jason Witten’s 18-yard catch gave the Cowboys a first-and-goal at the 1.

--The Cowboys converted a third-and-9 (18-yard pass to Patrick Crayton) and a third-and-7 (17-yard pass to Roy Williams) on their second scoring drive and a third-and-10 on their third scoring drive (17-yard pass to Williams). They also converted a third-and-8 (12-yard pass to Miles Austin) on their first touchdown drive.

--Maclin replaced Macho Harris as the kickoff returner after he injured his knee on a return early in the second quarter.

--The Eagles’ continuing problems trying to defend wide-receiver screens. Their third touchdown of the game – a 6-yard pass to Miles Austin – came on a wide-receiver screen. Like many of the other ones, they threw it to Asante Samuel’s side. Tight end John Phillips blocked Will Witherspoon on the play, and Samuel, who refuses to press receivers, took himself out of the play.

--The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Samuel that helped the Cowboys get close enough for a 48-yard Shaun Suisham field goal at the end of the first half.

--The 3 false-start penalties by the Eagles in the third quarter (2 by Jason Peters, 1 by Todd Herremans). The Eagles have had 8 false-start penalties in the 11 quarters since center Jamaal Jackson got hurt.

--McNabb’s 15-yard completion to Maclin on third-and-11 in the third quarter was only the Eagles second conversion of a third down of 10 yards or more in their last 4 games.

--Strongside linebacker Moise Fokou got sucked inside on Felix Jones’ 73-yard touchdown run.

--Brian Westbrook didn’t enter the game in the second half until there was 5:22 left. He didn’t have a single rushing attempt in the game.

By the Numbers

--The Eagles were outscored by the Cowboys in the first half, 44-7, the last 2 weeks. In their first 15 games this season, they outscored their opponents in the first two quarters, 273-142.

--The Eagles led the league in drives that started in their opponents’ territory this season (29). In their 3 games against the Cowboys, they had 1.

--In 3 games against the Cowboys, DeSean Jackson had just 8 receptions for 90 yards and 1 touchdown.

--In the last 10 quarters, Donovan McNabb completed just 44 of 89 passes (49.4). He had a sub-70 passer rating in 3 of his last 4 starts.

--McNabb has completed 60-plus percent of his passes in just 1 of his last 14 games against the Cowboys.

--The Eagles lost 3 fumbles Saturday after losing just 10 in their 16 regular-season games.

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To read Domo's Report Card, click here.

To read Les Bowen's wrapup, click here.
 

Paul Domowitch Daily News NFL Columnist
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