Tuesday, November 16
Eagles soar against Cowboys
By John Madden
The Philadelphia Eagles came into this game after a pretty good whoopin by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Eagles were still considered the best team in NFC. They came out and proved it against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night.
Donovan McNabb was nothing more than amazing the way he came out and threw the ball all over the field. On one play he scrambled around for 14.1 seconds and somehow found WR Freddie Mitchell down the field for a 60-yard completion that set up the touchdown that gave the Eagles a 35-14 lead. That was one of the greatest plays that I have ever seen! McNabb was a big part of being able to keep plays alive but the other 10 guys also had a big part in helping him make the plays that he did.
The offensive linemen always know to stick with the play and the receivers know to stay with the play. Mitchell did exactly what he was suppose to do, once he ran his route looked back and saw McNabb in trouble he came back towards the ball and then when McNabb was flushed to his side he is just suppose to take off and that is exactly what he did and got a 60-yard reception out of it.
If Terrell Owens hadn't already established himself as a force he definitely sent notice on Monday night that if you don't account for him he will hurt an opposing team. Of course he can hurt teams even with double coverage on him.
The Cowboys defense wasn't able to do any of those things or make a play on him. That in addition to not getting to McNabb was the downfall of their team Monday night.
Eagles coach Andy Reid felt like his big guys didn't play well against the Steelers, his offensive line and defensive line and he kind of challenged them and I thought they answered his challenge. The defensive line played the run a lot better, had a better pass rush. Now I realize that the Cowboys are not a great running team so we still have to see if they can stop a team with a good running game having made changes like putting Jeremiah Trotter at middle linebacker to get some more size in there.
The Eagles look like they are once again one of the stronger teams in the NFL and the Cowboys just look like they are undermanned and one of the weaker teams in the NFL right now.