The highs and lows from the Eagles' 38-23 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday:
↓ It wouldn’t be fair to grade the rookie quarterback under difficult circumstances. Foles had to jump in for Vick with no first-team practice repetitions during the week and was stuck behind a rag-tag line. But he did not look like the savior some thought he could be this season.
↑ Vick had his best game of the season – completing 67 percent of his passes with a touchdown and no turnovers … OK, that was a bit of joke. Still, the Eagles quarterback can go one week – possible more – without shouldering the blame for another loss. Who knows when and if he’ll be back.
↓ Just when it appeared the cover teams had solved their woes, April’s unit picked a bad time to slip into their early-season mode. Dwayne Harris, who was just given the punt return job by the Cowboys, raced 78 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth. Punter Mat McBriar had a shot at Harris but gave little effort.
↓ The Eagles best offensive tackle – considering Jason Peters and Todd Herremans are done for the season – made a colossal error when he blocked DeMarcus Ware’s helmet off his head in the third. Dunlap was called for illegal use of the hands, negating a first down that would have given the Eagles first and goal at the 2. Dunlap drew two other flags.
↑ The Eagles linebacker has brought his lunch pail all season, but he was placed in a untenable position playing with a heartless defense. It says here Ryans should be back next season, unless the Eagles bring in a coach that wants to switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
↓ Whatever it is that has gotten into Rodgers-Cromartie, the cornerback has not been playing well over the last month. On a day when the Ealges defense delivered its best performance in quite some time, Rodgers-Cromartie was the weakest link. He was burned by Dez Bryant for 49 yards in the second quarter and the Dallas receiver got him again for a 30-yard touchdown grab in the third.
↑ If you want something to look forward to, watch and appreciate the maturation of Cox for the rest of the season. The rookie defensive tackle was a beast all game, but his effort, unfortunately, was lost in another wretched loss.
↓ At this point, it just feels like piling on, but the Eagles coach once again did not have all three of his units ready. It’s been the same way for two years now – if it’s not one phase, it’s another. Reid gave the Eagles 14 committed years, but his time here has come to its end.
↓ Remember when former defensive coordinator Sean McDermott called Sims a “shark in the water” before he had even played a down for the Eagles? Good times. Sims, who was more of a guppy while in Philadelphia, finished with five tackles for the Cowboys and forced an errant Vick pass.
↑ If you have a 6-foot-3 receiver you use him in the red zone, right? For the first time in years, perhaps when Hank Baskett was here, the Eagles perfected executed a fade pass in the corner of the end zone. Cooper one-handed the catch, kept his feet in bounds and the Eagles scored their first points of the season on the opening drive.
↑ Give credit where credit is due. Jones broke at least four tackle attempts as he took a screen pass 11 yards for the Cowboys’ first touchdown. But the Eagles’ tackling has gone from worse to pathetic. Nate Allen and Nnamdi Asomugha had the best chances to wrap up Jones, but neither could bring him down.
↓ Just when it looked like the kicker was going to get one of the few up arrows for the Eagles, he squandered any last chance the Eagles had at coming back. Henery kicked his 14th straight field goal on Sunday and has missed only one all season. But he hooked a PAT wide left when the Birds could have cut the margin to seven late.