Paul Domowitch's Eagles-Cowboys Report Card
Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012, 11:49 PM
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' loss against the Cowboys. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Tuesday's Daily News.
RUSHING OFFENSE: Bryce Brown, who shattered the Eagles’ rookie record for rushing yards in a game last week (178), picked up where he left off, rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, including runs of 20, 24 and 39 yards. But Brown, who had two costly fumbles last week, had another one late in the game Sunday that was returned for a touchdown by Dallas.
PASSING OFFENSE: Nick Foles had his best game since replacing Mike Vick. He had a solid first half, completing 10 of 15 passes for 136 yards, including a 29-yarder to Jason Avant and a 21-yarder to Jeremy Maclin. He threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Riley Cooper in the third quarter and didn’t have an interception.
RUN DEFENSE: The Cowboys came into the game ranked dead last in the league in yards per carry. But the return of DeMarco Murray gave their ground game some life. He gained 22 yards on his first two carries and came close to cracking 100. The Cowboys averaged 4.4 yards per carry in the first half, including a 15-yard third-down run by quarterback Tony Romo.
PASS DEFENSE: Tony Romo, who completed 19 of 26 passes against the Eagles 3 weeks ago, carved them up again, throwing for 300-plus yards and three TDs. The Eagles had yet another busted coverage on a 28-yard completion to tight end Jason Witten that set up the Cowboys’ first touchdown. Then linebacker DeMeco Ryans and safety Nate Allen both had missed tackles on a 23-yard touchdown catch and run by Dez Bryant early in the third, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got steamrolled by Bryant on a 6-yard touchdown catch and run.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Alex Henery hit his 21st straight field goal with no time left in the second quarter, nailing a 43-yarder to give the Eagles a seven-point lead. Hit his 22nd in a row in the fourth quarter. Henery and punter Mat McBriar took the Cowboys’ returners out of the game. Damaris Johnson had a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown for a late TD.
OVERALL: The Eagles scored a season-high 27 points, but unraveled in the fourth quarter, giving away the lead than turning the ball over when they were driving for a potential score. One step closer to a top-five draft pick.
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