Daily Archives: October 30th, 2011

DALLAS HEADLINE: Eagles put a hurt on the Dallas Cowboys

Eagles put a hurt on the Dallas Cowboys
Eagles put a hurt on the Dallas Cowboys

PHILADELPHIA — The “All-Hype” team finally  played up to their super expectations.

Michael Vick threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy had a career-best 185  yards rushing and two scores and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the Dallas  Cowboys 34-7 Sunday night.

Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan fired up the Eagles with some  trash-talking during the summer after they added several big-name players.

Ryan, the son of beloved former Philadelphia coach Buddy Ryan, called the  Eagles the “all-hype” team and predicted the Cowboys would “beat their (butt).”

He was way off.

The Eagles (3-4) dominated right from the start, improved to 13-0 after a bye  under coach Andy Reid and snapped a five-game losing streak at Lincoln Financial  Field that dated to last season.

The long-haired Ryan paced the sideline and desperately tried to figure out  how to stop Vick and Co. It didn’t happen until the fourth quarter when the game  was out of reach.

The Eagles racked up 495 total yards and held the ball for 42:09. They  thoroughly outplayed a defense that came in ranked seventh in the NFL.

DeMarcus Ware was one of the few players who played well for Dallas (3-4). He  had four sacks, and has 12 this season.

Coming off a 253-yard rushing performance in a win over St. Louis, Cowboys  rookie DeMarco Murray was held to 74 yards on only eight carries.

The defending NFC East champion Eagles entered the season with a Super  Bowl-or-bust mentality after adding six former Pro Bowl players in free agency  and trades.

But a 1-4 start had people wondering if the self-proclaimed “Dream Team” – backup quarterback Vince Young gave the Eagles that label after signing a  one-year deal – was overhyped as Ryan boldly declared in August.

After two straight wins, the Eagles are in a three-way tie with Dallas and  Washington for second place behind the New York Giants (5-2).

Vick completed 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and led the Eagles to points on  their first six possessions. He also ran for 50 yards.

A swarming defense harassed Tony Romo throughout the game. Romo got sacked  four times and threw an interception to Nnamdi Asomugha.

McCoy had 80 of Philadelphia’s 115 yards rushing in the first quarter. That  was more than Dallas allowed in any game this season. The Eagles entered with  the No. 1-ranked rushing offense and the Cowboys had the top-ranked run defense.

The Eagles took the kickoff and drove 79 yards for their first opening-drive  TD this season. Vick was sacked by Ware on the first play, but he connected with  Jeremy Maclin for 24 yards on the next one. McCoy had a 21-yard run and Vick  scrambled 15 yards to the Cowboys 13.

On third-and-9 from the 12, Vick tossed a screen pass to Maclin, who followed  a lead block by Jason Peters into the end zone.

Vick led the Eagles 90 yards with McCoy running in from the 2 for a 14-0  lead. McCoy had runs of 11 and 34 yards before scoring for the seventh straight  game. He’s one short of Steve Van Buren’s team record set in 1947.

Asomugha set up Philadelphia’s third scoring drive by picking off Romo’s pass  at the Eagles 33 after the ball bounced off Martellus Bennett’s hands.

Vick kept the drive going with a 9-yard run on third-and-8, and made a  perfect pass to Jason Avant for a 20-yard gain on another third-and-8. He threw  a strike to Brent Celek in the back of the end zone on the next play for a  9-yard TD and a 21-0 lead.

The Eagles had a first down at the Cowboys 6 on their fourth possession, but  settled for a 23-yard field goal by Alex Henery that made it 24-0.

Henery kicked a 26-yarder to make it 27-0 in the third quarter. McCoy’s  13-yard run put Philadelphia up 34-0 in the fourth.

But the Cowboys spoiled the shutout bid on the ensuing possession when Romo  threw a 70-yard TD pass to Laurent Robinson.

ROB MAADDI | Ft Worth Star Telegram | AP

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PHILLY HEADLINE: The real Eagles finally show up

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick scrambles in the first half against the Cowboys. (Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick scrambles against Dallas Cowboys.

Ladies and gentlemen, your Philadelphia Eagles.

The team that was praised too early and also buried too early — just  impossible to figure in another confounding NFL season — arrived Sunday night  against the Dallas Cowboys lugging a 2-4 record and all of the imperatives such  numbers suggest. They showed up for a game in a stadium filled with people who  were wondering if they would ever see the team that they  expected/anticipated/salivated over with each new free-agent signing in  August.

Then, this:

Eagles 34, Cowboys 7.

It was a night when Chas Henry did not punt until the middle of the fourth  quarter. It was a night when the Cowboys’ vaunted run defense was mutilated by  Shady McCoy. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was the coach who got all of  the ink during the week, but it was Eagles offensive coordinator Marty  Mornhinweg who ended up being the evening’s unquestioned master. And Michael  Vick was a sharp as we have seen him.

All of that, combined with a pass rush that set an early, terroristic tone,  turned an expected drama into a farce. It also undoubtedly caught the attention  of skeptics who have tut-tutted for weeks now about how the Eagles assembled  talent in the off-season but did not assemble a team, and about how there was no  way so much roster turnover, combined with so much turnover on the coaching  staff, could ever have resulted in the kind of expectations that the Eagles  carried into Opening Day.

All of it, as we now know, is just conversation — the Dream Team stuff, the  snap-back against the Dream Team stuff, all of it. What we are left with is a  team struggling to make up an early deficit, yes, but also a team with a lot of  ability that is continuing to blossom. They have been good all year on offense,  really. They started coming together defensively 2 1/2 games ago, during the  loss at Buffalo.

This is the result.

The question: how much of it can they sustain?

A lot of us spent the bye week doing the math. There was no way around the notion that the Eagles were going to have to beat the Cowboys in this game, no realistic way to make the numbers work with a loss.

That was pretty much accepted by everyone. What follows is conjecture: that  the Eagles probably have to win seven of their remaining nine games. Is it  doable? Yes. A guesstimate on the Las Vegas odds is that they could very well be  favored in just that many games, seven of nine. But it is all about showing up  every week. It is the NFL’s biggest challenge and it is the thing Andy Reid  teams are best at, especially in the second half of the season.

So, we’ll see. The NFC East has been reduced to this: the Giants are 5-2 and  the Eagles, Cowboys and Redskins are all 3-4. Watching the events of the day — the Giants surviving at home against the winless Dolphins, the Redskins getting  shut out by the Bills, the Cowboys getting obliterated by the Eagles — it is  not hard to envision this: four teams, with four knives, locked in a room with a  hearty “good luck” and the expectation that only one of them will emerge.

But which?

The Eagles, for the first time in a while, looked like a team with a chance  to do just that. If this did not get the attention of the rest of the league,  nothing will. What the Eagles did in this game, more than anything, is  demonstrate to the world how good they can be.

The next few weeks will tell us if they showed up in time.

Courtesy: Rich Hofmann | Philadelphia Daily News

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DALLAS COWBOYS RADIO NETWORK: Watch on TV, listen to Brad Sham, ‘the voice of the Dallas Cowboys’ and Babe Laufenberg

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HEADS UP: Al Michaels chats with Rob Ryan tonight on NBC’s Sunday Night Football pre-game show

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan 2011
Dallas Cowboys DC Rob Ryan

Here’s a heads-up for The Boys Are Back blog readers. NBC’s Al Michaels will chat with Dallas Cowboy defensive coordinator Rob Ryan tonight on the SNF pre-game show.  

Here’s an advance look:

MICHAELS on Ryan’s father, Buddy, having been the head coach in Philadelphia and Arizona, both Cowboys rivals: What was his initial reaction when you got the job in Dallas?
ROB RYAN: Disbelief. He was a little shocked by it. He’s like, ‘you’ve got all these other things going. Why here?’ I’m like, ‘Dad, it’s the best opportunity for me.’ It really has worked out great.

MICHAELS: What’s made the difference this year?
ROB RYAN: Well, me. [joking; laughter]. Honestly, starting over with some Pro Bowl football players. All these guys have been in the Pro Bowl and deservedly so. We got all together and have been working hard ever since. We’re not all the way there yet but we’re playing good ball and we’re going to keep doing it.

MICHAELS: You’ve been an assistant coach for 25 years, 10 different places, but no head coaching opportunity yet. Does that eat at you?
ROB RYAN: I don’t think it’s going to eat much further. My chance will come. It only took my dad 25 years and, hell, he’s better than me and Rex put together. Those things happen. I’m not sure how it will go but eventually I’ll get my chance to be a head coach.

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ROB RYAN on his war of words with Eagles WR Desean Jackson earlier this year:

That was kind of annoying because we signed three great players the day before, so I’m bragging about those guys and all I’m hearing about is all these great players that Philadelphia had signed. It bothered me because I thought it was disrespecting the players that I coach and that I knew would be great for us.

ROB RYAN on Jackson saying, ‘Maybe I can run on the sideline and tackle the coach’ and Ryan responding that he’ll fall on him:

There’s no question. Is he a good enough athlete to get it done? Absolutely. Am I a bad enough athlete to get tackled by a small guy? Sure. But I am going to fall on him. So I welcome the challenge. [joking] If he wants to come hit me … beautiful. A little guy like that not’s going to hit that hard anyway. It would be fun to beat these guys. There’s no question. They have a ton of talent over there. They’re the fastest team I’ve ever seen on offense but I always believe in hitting them in the mouth. We’ll see what happens.”

Courtesy: NBC Sports | DMN | The Boys Are Back blog

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SPORT SCIENCE: Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware speed is examined

VIDEO - Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware speed - The Boys Are Back blog

VIDEO - Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware speed - The Boys Are Back blog

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 ESPN Sport Science examines DeMarcus Ware’s speed – Click to play video

ESPN has removed this video from their archives! Our apologies, from The Boys Are Back blog. To watch an alternative video (from ESPN) click HERE. Notice: ESPN is notorious for deleting videos after a few days.

 

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Video Courtesy: ESPN

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GAMEPLAN: Impact of the Tashard Choice release from the Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray
Dallas Cowboys DeMarco Murray

The Dallas Cowboys decision to release Tashard Choice on Saturday will have several repercussions in tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Dallas Cowboys have two healthy running backs on the roster and both are rookies  in third round pick DeMarco Murray and free agent Phillip Tanner.

Look for DeMarco Murray to get the start and also handle third downs. Phillip Tanner will supplant Murray on first and second downs but he is not ready for the third down  package, a source said.

If both go down to injury, Cowboy fullback Tony Fiammetta will be the emergency  running back.

Clearly, the Dallas Cowboys made the move with Tashard Choice for short-term and long-term  reasons.

No matter how much they were disappointed with his fumbles, his attitude and his poor special teams play, he would have likely still been on the roster he  hadn’t suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday’s practice at Cowboys Stadium.

He couldn’t practice Friday and was likely not going to be a factor against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With the team needing a roster spot to activate rookie linebacker Bruce Carter from the physically unable to perform list, sacrificing Choice made the  most sense rather someone who could possibly help them in the game against the Eagles or in the near future.

The move also means that the Dallas Cowboys believe that Felix Jones will be back in  the line u real soon, possibly as early as next week’s game against the  Seahawks.

Felix Jones missed the Rams game and will miss the Philadelphia Eagles game with a high ankle sprain. He got out of the walking boot last week.

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RIVAL INJURY UPDATE: Philadelphia Eagles DE Graham will not play against Dallas Cowboys

 

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NFL Injury Update – The Boys Are Back blog

The Philadelphia Eagles did not activate defensive end Brandon Graham on Saturday, so he  won’t play against the Dallas Cowboys.

The team had until 4 p.m. if it wanted to put Graham on the 53-man roster and  make him eligible for Sunday’s game. Graham remains on the  physically-unable-to-perform list. This week, he went through his first practices with the team this season but still needs to work to get into football  shape.

The Eagles have two more weeks to evaluate Graham and decide whether to  activate him or put him on injured reserve. If the Philadelphia Eagles activate Graham, they  will have to release someone to make room on the roster.

Graham tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in December and had  microfracture surgery to help repair the injury.

Courtesy: Philadelphia Inquirer

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PHILLY NEWSPAPER: Predictions, matchups and Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones congratulates DeMarcus Ware

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones congratulates DeMarcus Ware

Here is our weekly look at the Daily News staff predictions for the Eagles  game against the Cowboys, plus the key matchups:

LES BOWEN

Everybody knows about Andy Reid and the 12-0 record the week after the  bye. Across the league, teams coming out of the bye haven’t fared very well this  year, maybe because the new CBA put limits on the amount of work teams can do  during the week off. But Reid never has his team do anything during the bye  week, so I don’t see any effect there.

I do, however, try to keep in mind one basic fact about streaks: the longer  they go on, the closer they are to being over. Nothing lasts forever. There was  a time when Reid was absolutely unbeaten with an extra week to prepare, in any  situation. Then came Super Bowl XXXIX.

I think the Eagles have to win this game to remain viable for the playoffs.  Not technically, of course, but at a feel-it-in-your-gut level. Lose this,  you’re 2-5, and you need to go 7-2 the rest of the way just to get to 9-7, 8-1  to get to 10-6. That probably doesn’t add up.

The Cowboys have improved their defense a bunch. The way some pundits talk,  though, you’d think they suddenly became this dominant team by beating up on the  Rams last week. I don’t get that. They’re 3-3. Their foldup against the Lions  was worse than any of the Eagles’ second-half pratfalls this season.

I’m taking the Eagles here, by the skin of their teeth. I think Andy will  have some new wrinkles for Jason Garrett, given the extra week to work. That  might make the difference in a closely matched contest.

Prediction: Eagles 17, Cowboys 16

VEGAS VIC

Here’s what Rob Ryan, brother of Rex and defensive coordinator down in the  Big D offered up when asked about the Birds: “I don’t know if we win the  all-hype team,” Ryan said in August. “I think that might have gone to somebody  else, but we’re going to beat their ass when we play them.” There’s your  motivation.

Now, here’s your history, Part 1: The Eagles have a magnificent 12-0 record  coming off the bye week during the Andy Reid reign.

History, Part 2: Tony Romo has had seven regular-season starts against the  Birds and has thrown 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

And it looks as if the Eagles’ walking wounded are starting to heal with DE  Trent Cole and OT Jason Peters listed as probable. Great news for the Eagles as they look to climb back into contention in the muddled NFC East.

Prediction: Eagles: 28-21

Also,

Paul Domowitch: Eagles, 31-27

Ed Barkowitz: Cowboys, 24-17

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 17-16

Marcus Hayes: Eagles, 21-20

John Smallwood: Eagles, 27-24

DOMO’S KEY MATCHUPS

1. Eagles LT Jason Peters vs. Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware: Both  are perennial Pro Bowlers. Peters is coming off a hamstring injury. Ware will  line up in different spots, but Peters will be matched up vs. him the most.  Advantage: Even

2. Eagles WRs Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant vs.  Cowboys CBs Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick: Maclin  and Jackson both are on 1,200-yard receiving paces. Scandrick shut down Wes  Welker 2 weeks ago. Advantage: Eagles

3. Eagles LB Moise Fokou and CB Nnamdi Asomugha vs. Cowboys TE Jason  Witten. Witten’s unique combination of size, strength and athleticism  makes him tough to stop. He has been targeted 20 times in last three games and  has caught 17 of those passes. Advantage: Cowboys

JERRY JONES ON THE BIRDS

Some interesting comments from Jerry Jones as reported in today’s Forth Worth Star-Telegram about tonight’s matchup with the Eagles and how big it is:

“As I watched them add to their roster [in the off-season], knowing what they  had at the skill positions, I circled this game as arguably the toughest road  game we might have. This is the kind of game you can start a foundation, with a  win that you can build significantly off of. We’ve had that happen in some of  the great seasons that we’ve had.

“This is, again, that kind of game, even though their record doesn’t reflect  it. They’re that kind of challenge. They’re that kind of threat. And certainly  playing them at home was one that you knew was going to be hard to win. I still  feel that way.”

Courtesy: Philadelphia Daily News staff

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PHILLY NEWSPAPER: Eagles vs Cowboys – What We’re Watching

Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten scores TD vs Philly Eagles - The Boys Are Back

Dallas Cowboys Jason Witten scores TD vs Philly Eagles - The Boys Are Back

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Here are five things we will be watching during the Eagles-Dallas game on  Sunday night:

Taming Witten. Jason Witten has pretty much been able to do  whatever he’s wanted against the Eagles, which really makes him no different  than the rest of the league’s tight ends. In his last nine games against the  Eagles, he’s got 53 receptions for 612 yards and 5 touchdowns. Eagles  linebackers need to disrupt him coming off the line of scrimmage and limit his  yards after the catch.

Will the Real Run Defense Please Stand Up. As Jason Babin  has correctly pointed out, teams aren’t going to stop trying to run the ball on  the Eagles just because they held the Redskins to 42 yards on 14 carries two  weeks ago. Cowboys were averaging just 84 rushing yards per game before rookie  DeMarco Murray went on his 253-yard adventure against the Rams last week.  Cowboys no doubt will try to keep the pressure off Tony Romo by running the  ball.

Handling the Blitz. The Cowboys’ defense is coached by Rex  Ryan’s twin brother, Rob. Like his brother and like his old man, he is a devotee  of the blitz. Likes to do it a lot. From every angle, through every gap. The  Eagles have allowed just nine sacks in six games, but have frequently struggled  against the blitz. Michael Vick’s passing numbers v. blitz aren’t very good.  Both the line and Vick need to be on top of their game Sunday night when Ryan  sends extra rushers.

Squandering Yards. The Eagles are third in the league in  total offense, third in passing and first in rushing. But thanks to their  league-high 17 giveaways and their poor red-zone production (just 12 TDs in 29  trips inside the 20), they are just 13th in scoring and 28th in points per 100  yards (5.47). Only the Browns, Dolphins, Rams and Jaguars are averaging fewer  points per 100 yards.

Good Romo/Bad Romo? There’s been no middle ground with Tony  Romo v. Eagles. He’s either been Hall-of-Fame spectacular or Hall-of-Shame  awful. Cowboys have won five of the last seven games Romo has started v. Eagles.  In those five wins, Romo had a 111.7 passer rating . In the two losses:  39.7.

Courtesy: Paul Domowitch | Philadelphia Daily News

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