Eagles-Cowboys first half thoughts

The good news for the Eagles is that they came out firing and immediately served notice that this would not be another blow out in the Jerry Dome. The very bad news is that Stewart Bradley is out for the game, and quite possibly longer, with a dislocated right elbow.

For tonight that means rookie Jamar Chaney is filling in, calling defensive signals in his first extensive action on defense. He has mostly played special teams. Veteran Omar Gaither is normally the back up, but he's inactive tonight, his first scratch since week 3.

After an explosive start, the first half tonight mostly belonged to the defenses. Each team got after the opposing quarterback, with the Cowboys becoming the fourth consecutive team to test Michael Vick's tolerance for abuse. The Eagles will need to do better protecting their leader, for the sake of both this game and their stretch run.

Both teams scored on their first drives, the Eagles set up by a 60-yard first play strike to DeSean Jackson that was reminiscent of their opening play against the Redskins. But the Eagles red zone defensive woes continued, as the Cowboys answered back, aided by a Dimitri Patterson penalty that kept their drive alive.

Other notes:

-- Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware are destroying the Eagles' tackles.

-- Chad Hall again in the red zone? He's not much of a power runner.

-- Todd Herremans made his second career catch, and scored his second career touchdown.

-- Vick threw his third interception in the past three games, and had his fourth turnover in the past four (including a fumble against the Giants) after not turning the ball over at all before the Giants game.

-- Good day early for the Eagles, with the Packers and Bears losing and the Giants now facing a short week before next Sunday's showdown in Jersey.


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