The seriousness of Avant's strained hamstring was not known immediately after the game.
- Zach Berman
Cowboys run wild
The Cowboys, a pass-happy team masquerading as a rushing squad rammed the ball down the esophagus of the Eagles defense in the first half. They ran 14 times for 80 yards, with 51 of those yards coming on their opening drive.
Dallas entered the game averaging only 83.4 yards a game and 3.6 yards a carry, second-worst in the NFL.
The Eagles run defense has gotten progressively worse each week. In the first four games, the Eagles held opposing offenses to an average of just 3.8 yards a rush. In the next four, they allowed an average of 4.6 yards.
The Cowboys took advantage of the Eagles' leaky wide-nine scheme and poor tackling.
- Jeff McLane
Eagles offense clicks
Before Michael Vick suffered his concussion, the Eagles revealed an offense that was effective with a depleted offensive line. The Eagles focused on quick strikes and showed somewhat of a balance. On the opening drive, when the Eagles went 81 yards on 10 plays, they ran the ball four times. Vick did not take deep drops, and the big plays came with a run after the catch.
Tight end Brent Celek turned a short pass into 18 yards, while DeSean Jackson turned a wide receiver screen into a 31-yard gain.
Bell holds up
Tackle Demetress Bell negated a first-down pass from Foles to Celek in the second quarter. But, as costly as they play was, Bell, despite some other lapses, held up rather well against DeMarcus Ware and the Dallas pass rush.
A clear missed opportunity was Vick's final pass of the game, a third-and-2 incompletion to LeSean McCoy.
The Cowboys sent an aggressive blitz. Vick read his hot receiver, and McCoy had open field in front of him. But the pass sailed over McCoy's hands, too high for the running back to pull it down.
It was a tough pass to make under pressure, but it is a throw Vick needs to make to be successful.
Rookies spur defense
The Eagles defensive line finally generated some first-half pressure and delivered sacks on back-to-back plays in the second quarter.
It was the rookies who came up big this time. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks recorded his first career sack and was followed by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
After going three games without a sack, the Eagles have notched at least two in their last three games.
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