Monday, October 10, 2005

Eagles Quick Hits

It was ugly, no matter how you look at it.

The Eagles had 129 total yards of offense on 43 plays compared to 456 yards on 81 plays for the Cowboys.

Special teams matter. The Eagles had 11 possessions and with an average starting field position of their own 21-yard line. The Cowboys average starting field position was their own 38.5.

Where in the world was Jevon Kearse? He had only one tackle yesterday and that was an assist. It was the fewest of any defensive starter.

And what about Brian Westbrook? As a runner, he has been ineffective much of the season. Could this be the reason he has not yet received a new contract from the team.

Corner back Lito Sheppard had nine tackles, tied for the team lead, but he was beaten regularly by Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn and called for a couple bad penalties.

For the first time this season, receiver Terrell Owens looked frustrated, but he still was the leading receiver with five catches for 50 yards. He spoke loudly after the game, wearing a Cowboys' Michael Irvin throwback jersey for the trip home.

The NFC East is a log jam with the Giants and Redskins at 3-1 and the Eagles and Cowboys at 3-2.

All of a sudden, the Eagles schedule looks a lot tougher. After the bye week, they play the Chargers, Broncos, Redskins and Cowboys. I see no better than 2-2.

Time of possession: Cowboys-40:43, Eagles-19:17. More than 2-1. Wow.

Dirk Johnson might have earned a Pro Bowl spot yesterday, averaging 47.3 yards on eight punts.