Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week's game. Here's how things panned out in yesterday's game:
1. Get heat on Jess' boyfriend. In their Week 2 meeting, Tony Romo enjoyed excellent protection. The Eagles had zero sacks and zero hurries. The result: Romo completed 21 of 30 passes, three for touchdowns. Yesterday, the Eagles sacked Romo three times. He fumbled the ball away twice (one returned 73 yards for a touchdown), threw an interception (which led to a touchdown) and completed 21 of 39 passes for 183 yards.
2. Keep McNabb safe. Coming into yesteray's game, the Eagles had allowed just 22 sacks this season, the fewest in the Andy Reid era. The Cowboys had a league-best 58 sacks, 25 in the last four games alone. So, give the Eagles offensive line credit for allowing the Dallas defense to sack Donovan McNabb just one time.
3. Control Jason Witten. Witten had seven catches for 110 yards in the Cowboys' Week 2 win over the Eagles. But the Eagles have done a much better job of neutralizing tight ends in the second half of the season. Witten got seven more receptions (for 50 yards) against the Eagles yesterday (and he even threw a pass). But it all mattered little in a game the Cowboys lost by 38 points.
4. Red zone, not dead zone. The Eagles have to trot out David Akers to attempt a field goal far more than they'd like because a lot of their offensive drives wither in the red zone. Not yesterday. The Eagles were 3-for-3 in red-zone efficiency, scoring three touchdowns from inside the Cowboys' 5 in the second quarter.
5. Shorten field with return game. Last week, the Eagles started nine of their 12 possessions at no better than their own 20. Five began inside their 10. Return men DeSean Jackson and Quintin Demps were nonfactors. Yesterday, Jackson and Demps did a much better job on the balls they were able to handle. Jackson returned one punt 21 yards to the Eagles' 46 and Demps returned a kickoff 17 yards to the Birds' 32. Truth be told, however, they took a backseat in a game in which the Eagles defense scored on 73- and 96-yard fumble returns.