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Cowboys Fall To Eagles, 10-6 In Damaging Game

romo-v-eagles.jpgPhiladelphia played just good enough to win offensively and played very well defensively to upset Dallas at home Sunday afternoon at Texas Stadium, 10-6. In a close game where the Cowboy’s Tony Romo couldn’t come up with the winning drive in the last moments of the game, Dallas also suffered several key injuries.

Andre Gurode and Chris Canty both had injuries to their left knees and Anthony Fasano left the game with a concussion. S Pat Watkins also left the game late with an ankle problem. The defense played well but couldn’t stop Bryan Westbrook and Tony Romo injured the thumb on his right hand and proceeded to throw three interceptions and fumbled twice. Jessica Simpson in the stands didn’t seem to help his concentration either as he overthrew several passes to Terrell Owens and other receivers. Jason Witten had another great game going over 100-yards on 11 catches, but no TD’s as the Dallas offense failed to score a touchdown for the first time this year. Likewise, T.O. only had two receipts for 37-yards and no TD’s.

It was a very poor showing by the Dallas offense, but DL Jay Ratliff made Jerry Jones’ decision to extend his contract five years seem like a very good one. He had 2 sacks, several tackles and put pressure up the middle consistently all afternoon. Overall, the defense played well enough to win, but the offense wasn’t there and had it’s worst production of the season. Granted the Eagles needed this win much more than the Cowboys, they played well defensively. Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb may have silenced their critics at least for one week.

The Cowboys can still clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win at Carolina next week. The Panthers’ loss today ensure the Cowboys a first-round bye in the post season.

Other than the injury problems of the game, CB Anthony Henry will more than likely get a stiff fine from the NFL for a first quarter hit on Eagles TE Matt Scobel. No flag was thrown on the play, but the commentators agreed that there was helmet-to-helmet contact on the blow. Romo will get an MRI tomorrow on his thumb and no information is available yet on the status of Gurode and Canty.

The Cowboys are going to have to hope to get a lift from the return of WR Terry Glenn and not suffer any more injuries if they intend to make a run in the playoffs. Home field for the NFC Championship wouldn’t hurt things either. They should rebound next week and clinch in Carolina against a banged -up Panthers team that won Sunday but overall has had a tough season.


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4 Responses to “Cowboys Fall To Eagles, 10-6 In Damaging Game”

  1. gEErOj says:

    Some of the information in this article is not correct. The Cowboys do not clinch home field simply by winning in Carolina next weekend. They would also need Green Bay to loose in order to do that. Both teams are currently 12-2, so if Dallas were to win on Saturday but then loose the following week to Washington they’d finish 13-3 and in that scenario Green Bay could still win out finishing 14-2. So I fear that Dallas will have to play hard the rest of the way and that game at Washington scares me.

  2. Matt says:

    gEErOj,

    We all definitely have reason to be worried. Losing home field advantage for the NFC championship against Green Bay is scary when viewed at face value – Dallas has never won in Green Bay, and the Packers are certainly good enough to have the edge if the game is played at Lambeau. But – a HUGE but – right now I have more confidence in the way they play on the road than the way they play at home. Both losses at home, much closer games at home (i.e. ‘Skins game). They seem to be much more focused on the road. Maybe a result of the psychology that is involved when players know that playing on the road will be a tougher challenge. For some reason they’re sloppy on their own turf. More penalties, lackluster play, drops, etc. It’s been a trend that I’ve had my eye on this year. I’m not saying that I would rather have the Cowboys play in Lambeau in the playoffs. But something tells me that they may be more mentally prepared and focused on a game in Lambeau especially if they know they are the underdogs – but who knows if the fact that it’s the playoffs would be enough for their mentality. As for the Eagles game…I know this loss hurts, as does any game when you lose to this team knowing that those atrocious fans in Philadelphia are cheering – just remember 88. But I am glad they fell once more before the playoffs. They needed one more loss before the playoffs to stay grounded, and they need to believe that they can lose at any time, home or away. A lot will be taken from this loss, especially for Romo. He will bounce back, and expect it next week in Carolina. He and the rest of this offense will reassert themselves. Great job by the defense in this game, though. They gave the offense plenty of chances to pull this one out. One last thing…GET THAT ROMO JERSEY AWAY FROM JESSICA SIMPSON!!! She’s jinxing our Boy!!!

  3. gEErOj says:

    I think a big part of what concerns me is how the players are bring used.

    On defense I don’t see enough of Tank Johnson on the field. Every time I see him in there I notice a big push in the middle and he forces teams to double team which opens up lanes for the linebackers.

    On offense it’s Marion Barber. He just flat out needs to be the primary runner. Period. Enough of Julies Jones already. Jones should be getting about 20% of the carries at best. Not 50. I just don’t understand this team’s flawed dedication to Jones.

  4. Matt says:

    I have been saying the same thing about Jones all season. It’s FRUSTRATING, isn’t it? For Jones to be an effective RB AT ALL, he needs 20-25 carries to find his rhythm. He won’t contribute on 7-10. Barber on the other hand can accomplish a lot for this team on a smaller number of carries. But even then, he needs the ball more. They need to utilize him more in sweeps and screens so he can get the running space he likes. That guy is tough to bring down when he is able to get that steam going. I don’t think Dallas will feel any pressure to keep Jones around, and I think that is a mutual feeling from Jones’ behalf. He probably wants to go somewhere where he won’t have to share snaps. I think he’s more career minded at this point, and less worried about being part of a winning franchise. Kind of like Leinart at the beginning of this season in Arizona. Although AZ was winning while he and Warner shared snaps, all we heard from Leinhart were complaints about how he had to share snaps. This is a common theme among young, up and coming players – and from what we have heard this doesn’t exclude Jones. Just wait until the backend of their careers sneak up and we’ll see a change in priority. I’ll be smiling and waving a good riddance to Jones if/when he leaves because of this attitude.

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