Eagles Beat Cowboys for NFC East Lead

(Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)
(Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)

A quick snapshot of the Eagles’ big win at Dallas:

– McCoy. Owns. Dallas. LeSean McCoy may not repeat as the NFL’s rushing champ, but the Eagles running back served notice that he still has a thing on the Cowboys. McCoy rushed for 159 yards on 25 carries, with a scintillating 38-yard TD run, to ignite the Eagles offense and upstage the current NFL rushing leader, DeMarco Murray. It was quite the encore act, following his 131-yard outing in the season finale at Dallas last season that won the NFC East – and is also remembered as the night McCoy left the building with a WWF-style championship belt. This time, it’s too early for a belt, but the victory puts the Eagles (9-3) in the driver’s seat to repeat as division champs. It’s been quite a week for McCoy, who shredded the Titans for 130 rushing yards on Sunday and has back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time this season.

– Fast track: The Cowboys’ improved defense was exposed in a hurry as a unit still in need of plenty work by Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense. Simply put, Dallas couldn’t keep up. Using just 5 minutes, 6 seconds of possession time, Philadelphia ripped off 80- and 88-yard touchdown drives on its first two possessions to set the tone for the game: Catch us if you can.

– Extra heat: It was a tough day for Tony Romo, who despite issues with his back entered the game having one of his most efficient seasons yet. The Eagles defense seemed determined to test that, never allowing the Cowboys quarterback the time in the pocket that he enjoyed in Sunday night’s comeback job at the Giants. Romo was sacked four times, intercepted twice and had a season-low 53.7 passer rating.

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SOURCE: USA Today Sports – Jarrett Bell

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