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Domo's grades for Eagles-Cowboys

Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is brought down by Eagles strong safety Nate Allen during the first half. (Matt Rourke/AP)
Cowboys running back Joseph Randle is brought down by Eagles strong safety Nate Allen during the first half. (Matt Rourke/AP)

After each game, the Daily News' Paul Domowitch offers his grades on the Eagles' performance.

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RUSHING OFFENSE

The Eagles' offensive line had its second inconsistent performance in the last three games. They didn't do a very good job of creating lanes for LeSean McCoy, who was held to 55 yards on 18 carries. McCoy gained just 12 yards on eight first-half carries.

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  • GRADE: D-minus

    PASSING OFFENSE

    Nick Foles had a chance to make a case why he should be the Eagles' starting quarterback going forward and spit the bit. He completed just 11 of 29 passes and averaged an embarrassing 2.7 yards per attempt. His receivers didn't do a very good job of dealing with the Cowboys' man coverage. Brandon Carr put a muzzle on DeSean Jackson.

    Grade: F

    RUN DEFENSE

    With DeMarco Murray out, the Cowboys have no run game to speak of. But the Eagles did a good job of shutting down what passed as one, holding the Cowboys to 2.8 yards per carry and two rushing first downs.

    Grade: A-minus

    PASS DEFENSE

    While Tony Romo threw for 317 yards, the Eagles held him to a season-low 59.6 completion percentage, intercepted him twice and held him to one touchdown pass. They did a good job of battling the Cowboys' receivers. Dez Bryant had 8 catches for 110 yards, but was targeted 16 times.

    Grade: B-plus

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    The Eagles did an outstanding job of neutralizing the Cowboys' dangerous punt returner, Dwayne Harris. They held him to 4.6 yards per return on five punt returns, though he did run through an interstate-wide hole on a 39-yard kickoff return. Punter Donnie Jones did an outstanding job combing distance and hang time and finished with a 41.8 net average.

    Grade: B-plus

    OVERALL

    The big winner Sunday was Michael Vick, who won't have to worry about losing his job after Nick Foles' dreadful performance. The defense's impressive performance against the Cowboys' formidable offense was a positive for Chip Kelly.

    Grade: C-minus

    Paul Domowitch Daily News Staff Writer
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