Some thoughts for the morning after the Eagles' totally frantic, amazing, exhilarating, but badly flawed 41-37 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:
First, the Cowboys deserved to win. They got consistent pressure without blitzing. They got great field position from rookie kick returner Felix Jones and they moved the ball on the Eagles' defense all night. They converted 6 of 10 third downs. They won the battle up front, especially after Shawn Andrews went down with a back injury.
But were they way better than the Eagles? Obviously not. This Eagles team, which has scored more points (75) after two games than any unit in franchise history, has a lot of talent and plenty of time to get better. DeSean Jackson, premature ball ejection issues aside, is the real deal. Donovan McNabb is certainly still good enough to take a team to the playoffs.
Second observation: Jim Johnson has had better nights. Never before, in 75 previous seasons, had the Birds scored 37 points and lost. Johnson's defense made a couple of big plays, which he had thought would be key, but it gave up about a dozen. Was anybody covering Jason Witten in the second half? It was hard to tell. I wasn't at all surprised by the narrow loss, but I was very surprised at the 41 points allowed, even if 7 of them did belong to Rory Segrest's kickoff coverage team. Johnson didn't blitz much and paid dearly, especially on third and long. The frustrating thing was, Tony Romo threw wide several times under pressure, but wasn't under pressure nearly enough. And is there a nice way to tell Brian Dawkins -- one of the all-time Eagles warriors -- that it's time to share the free safety job with somebody who can run a little faster? (Say, Quintin Demps?)