Here are my observations from the Dallas Cowboys 17-3 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
What it means- By defeating the Eagles, the Cowboys won back-to-back games for the first time this season improving to 4-3 overall. The ‘Boys now sit in the drivers seat in the NFC East as they improved to 3-0 within the division for the first time since 2007. It is also their first victory on the road this season.
Defense- After allowing over 1,000 plus yards in their past three games the Cowboys held the high flying Eagles offense to just 278 yards and only allowed three points to a team averaging 25 points per game. This was a huge “moral victory,” as Jerry Jones likes to say, for Monte Kiffin. While he was at USC facing Chip Kelly’s Oregon offense, Kiffin’s defense allowed 50 points per game. His failures to stop Kelly’s offense really led to his firing, and it must of been gratifying to earn some revenge.
Kiffin’s unit sans his best play maker in DeMarcus Ware, kept the Eagles in check all day. Nick Foles never found a rhythm and the defense also added in three interceptions from Sean Lee, Barry Church, and Brandon Carr in the fourth quarter. Rather impressive after being scorched the past three weeks.
Romo’s 100th- Much was made during the television broadcast about Tony Romo making his 100th career start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. However, it wasn’t a normal Romo performance Cowboys fans are accustomed to seeing. Romo struggled throughout the day throwing two interceptions and seemed off the mark on a few other throws. However, he responded when he absolutely had to leading the Cowboys down the field for a fourth quarter touchdown drive to put the game out of reach. On the drive, Romo completed 7 of 8 passes for 69 yards and a score to Terrance Williams.
Terrance Williams- For the third consecutive week, Terrance Williams found pay dirt for the Cowboys offense. The chemistry he has developed with Romo remains something special to watch, and it seems as if he has completely unseated Miles Austin as the team’s No. 2 wide receiver. Williams finished with 6 catches for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Jason Hatcher- Hatcher continued his phenomenal performance on the defensive line adding in another sack on Sunday to put his sack total at six, a new career high. He’s putting together a definite Pro Bowl season for a unit decimated by injury. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli deserves some credit for Hatcher’s emergence. It’s just unheard of to see a defensive tackle with six sacks only seven games into the season.
What’s next- The Dallas Cowboys travel to Ford Field to take on the Detroit Lions. This game could have wild-card implications in the future for both teams. In their last visit to Ford Field, the Cowboys emerged victorious.