No Challenge; Now the 'Boys are Ahead

   Replays seemed to show that DeSean Jackson might have caught and then fumbled that third down catch on the Eagles' first drive, but the Eagles did not challenge the ruling of an incomplete pass, even though Hank Baskett recovered the ball in the end zone for what might have been a touchdown. Given how complicated "completing the catch" is in today's NFL, the challenge might not have worked, but it sure looked worth bringing up before David Akers banged through a 34-yard field goal.

    Then, of course, the Cowboys got a 72-yard Tony Romo to Terrell Owens TD pass on third and 10 from their 28, Owens outrunning Lito Sheppard and Sean Considine. The Eagles did not seem to be blitzing, and Trent Cole, the only d-lineman who looked close to getting pressure, was pretty much tackled by Flozell Adams. Cowboys lead, 7-3, with 7:46 left in the first. Predictions of a low-scoring, defensive battle might have been erroneous.

   Especially since the Eagles just drove 48 yards in 10 plays for a 44-yard Akers field goal. This time, Donovan McNabb's third-down pass was too low for Brian Westbrook, stalling the drive at Dallas' 26.