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Quick Thoughts: Week 2, Philadelphia Eagles

If we though last weeks game was the definition of ugly the Dallas Cowboys one upped themselves in their Week 2 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Penalties kept the Cowboys from pulling away with the offensive line being the biggest culprit. To make matters worse Tony Romo suffered a fracture to his left clavicle. But, at the end of the day a win is a win. The Cowboys simply need to find a way to weather the storm until their stars return to action.

Turning Point

While the Cowboys limited the Eagles to negative 3 rushing yards and under 7 minutes time of possession in the first half it was only 6-0 as the teams headed to the locker rooms. Coming out for the second half the Cowboys defense held strong once again forcing a quick punt from the Eagles. Eagles punter Donnie Jones had his attempt blocked and Kyle Wilber returned the loose ball 26 yards for the touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

Three Stars

Third Star: Tyler Patmon – The young cornerback assuming Orlando Scandrick’s role as the primary slot corner has not looked out of place. Patmon played well in coverage and could have had a pair of interceptions. I’m sure the team will have him working on the jugs machine this week.

Second Star: Jason Witten – Old reliable was up to his old tricks once again. It wasn’t the two touchdown performance from Week 1 but Witten came up with catches when the Cowboys needed them. Witten finished the game with 7 receptions for 56 yards.

First Star: Sean Lee – Throughout the game Lee was simply flying around making plays. He frustrated DeMarco Murray on a number of occasions and came up with a clutch redzone interception as the Eagles began to get their offense rolling after Romo left. Lee finished with 9 solo tackles, 5 tackle assists and 1 interception.

Other Thoughts

  • The biggest storyline going into this game was the return of DeMarco Murray. After a subpar Week 1 performance Murray actually played worse in Week 2. The Cowboys stymied their former running back all game. Murray finished the afternoon with 13 carries for 2 yards. This brings his season rushing stats to 21 carries for 11 yards.
  • For the second straight week the Cowboys held their opponent to under 300 yards of total offense. The Eagles final drive, with the game essentially decided, accounted for 80 of their 226 yards. This defense is for real.
  • There’e been a lot of reports online about how long Romo will be out. These are all guesses and assumptions. At this point we do not know the severity of the fracture. I once fractured my clavicle but since it was a hairline fracture I was only in a sling for two weeks. Let’s hold off on the season is over talk until we know the exact nature of Romo’s injury.
  • While he wasn’t asked to do much, Brandon Weeden came in and played well. Weeded completed all seven of his pass attempts for 73 yards and a touchdown. Hopefully when he gets a full game he plays better than he did against Arizona.
  • The injuries the Cowboys have suffered early this season are certainly disheartening. That being said the Cowboys are 2-0 to start the season. Even more important is the fact that both games were division wins. But the best part is that both the Eagles and Giants find themselves at 0-2 to start the season.

Next up for the Cowboys is a home game against the Atlanta Falcons. While it will be a battle of two 2-0 teams both sides have their issues. The Cowboys obviously have injury concerns and have won a pair of ugly games. But the Falcons haven’t looked that impressive either, save for Julio Jones. The Falcons barely got past the same teams the Cowboys barely got past. It should be a good game and if the Cowboys can find a way once again they could start building a cushion until the playmakers return.

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