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Eagles Come Up Short in Monday Night Shootout

The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Dallas this week, to take on the Cowboys in Texas Stadium. It was a back and forth contest that went pretty much down to the wire. There were seven, (Wow!) lead changes in this game. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Cowboys got the last one.

There was no defense. Each team was only forced to punt a couple of times. It was a race for touchdowns, and the Eagles had to settle for a field goal one time too many. Asante Samuel did have his first interception as an Eagle, and Chris Gocong came up with the ball in the end zone when Dallas quarterback Tony Romo fumbled after a bad snap. That was the Eagles first defensive touchdown since 2006.

The offenses were on fire though. Donovan McNabb threw for 281 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. Tony Romo threw for 312 yards, three touchdowns (including a 72-yard bomb to T.O.), and one interception. Both quarterbacks had one fumble. Donovan McNabb’s couldn’t have come at a worse time though. With less than half a quarter to go in the game, McNabb fumbled the ball on a hand-off to Westbrook, Dallas recovered, and the offense got the go-ahead touchdown, which ended up winning them the game.

Neither defense showed up to play, although Dallas did just little bit better. The Eagles got no sacks, but two turnovers. I don’t know where this awesome secondary is. I think they must have missed the bus from the hotel. I have said before that I think Dallas’ defense is over-hyped, and I was proven right. McNabb and company, despite missing their two starting receivers, had little problem beating the defense.

They did do a good job of containing Westbrook, not letting him get huge chunks of yardage, but he did end the day with three touchdowns. By the way, up until this game, the Eagles were undefeated when Westbrook had one rushing, and one receiving touchdown. That streak ended last night.
Desean Jackson. You’re killing me! The Rookie had six catches for 110 yards. He should have had a touchdown.

He had the touchdown! Jackson caught what would have been a 61-yard bomb from McNabb for his first touchdown, but he celebrated too early and threw the ball backwards at the one-yard line. Lucky for the Eagles, because it had been ruled a touchdown, and the play was blown dead, and no one recovered his fumble, the ball was placed at the one-yard line, and Westbrook flipped over the line for a TD. Jackson; you’ve played football for more than a minute. You know where the goal line is.

HOLD THE DAMN BALL UNTIL YOU CROSS IT! It was embarrassing for him, and for the Eagles. Despite that screw up, he became the first rookie receiver to have back-to-back 100 yard receiving games to open his career since Don Looney, of the Philadelphia Eagles, did it in 1940.

We can look on one positive, despite our loss. After the game, although they tried not to diminish what Tony Romo had done, every commentator on ESPN and NFL Network, talked about how good Donovan McNabb played.

All in all, this was a bad game for both defenses, and both teams still need work. Can the Eagles pull it together for a tough, physical game with the Steelers on Sunday? We’ll see.

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