Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Cowboys Report Card

Here are Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles' 34-7 rout of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Cowboys Report Card

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Jason Babin sacks Tony Romo in the first quarter as Trent Cole provides added pressure. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Jason Babin sacks Tony Romo in the first quarter as Trent Cole provides added pressure. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here are Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles' 34-7 rout of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field.

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RUSHING OFFENSE: The Cowboys entered the game ranked first in the league against the run, holding opponents to 69.7 rushing yards per game. In the first half alone, LeSean McCoy torched them for 95 yards on 13 carries, including 21- and 35-yard runs and his seventh rushing touchdown of the season.

Grade: A

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PASSING OFFENSE: Mike Vick was practically perfect in the first half, completing 13 of 17 passes for 187 yards and throwing two touchdown passes. He had a 150.9 passer rating at the half. The Eagles brought tight end Brent Celek out of mothballs in the first half. He had five catches for 73 yards and 9-yard touchdown catch that put the Eagles up 21-0.

Grade: A-plus

RUN DEFENSE: Because they fell behind so quickly and only had the ball for 9 minutes in the first half, the Cowboys had just seven first-half carries, and the Eagles were paying more attention to the pass than the run. But three of those seven carries went for 15-plus yards.

Grade: C

PASS DEFENSE: The Eagles set the tone early, sacking Tony Romo twice on the Cowboys’ first possession. Romo completed just four of eight passes in the first half, averaging just 4.5 yards per attempt, well below his 8.09 season average.

Grade: A-minus

SPECIAL TEAMS: An offsides penalty and a poor kick out of bounds by Alex Henery gave the Cowboys the ball at the 45-yard line right after the Eagles’ first score. Henery had 23- and 26-yard field goals. He’s booted 13 field goals this season, none longer than 39 yards. He has attempted only one longer than that, and that was a 63-yard Hail Mary.

Grade: B-plus

OVERALL: The Eagles have been slow starters all season, but they jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead in a game they absolutely had to have and never looked back. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg kept Rob Ryan’s defense off-balance with a balanced run-pass diet, seldom showing them the same formation twice in a row.

Grade: A-plus

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