Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb ran it in from 2 yards out. This
TD gave the Eagles the lead for good. McNabb finished the day
24 for 37 and 287 yards with 3 TD passes and 1 rushing TD on the day.
Philadelphia Eagles' Stat Of The Week |
The Eagles have now scored 105 points in their first 3 games. That's the biggest
season-opening total in their history. The defense has already forced 11 turnovers
in the first 3 games, #1 in the NFL in total turnovers. The Eagles as a team, rank
#5 in total team defense. The Birds rank #5 in total offense and #2 in overall scoring.
Philadelphia now has beaten Dallas, five straight times, outscoring them by an
average of 35-12. In Eagles have also scored 40 or more points in 3 of those games.
After Another Special Teams Goof, |
Eagles Still Crush Dallas, 44-13
The Philadelphia Eagles let another special team returner run back a football
for a touchdown. This time, with the Eagles up 3-0 after a David Akers 51-yard
field goal, the ensuing kickoff was run back for a 100-yard return by Reggie Swinton.
Swinton's touchdown was the longest return since 1973 when Wallace Francis returned
a kickoff for 101 yards with Buffalo. In the second half, Swinton would feel the
wraith of the Eagles, when twice he was struck down violently. First it was a punt
return deep in the Cowboy's territory with Eagles' rookie Sheldon Brown meeting him head-on and
knocking him back at least 2 yards. Then later in the fourth, Swinton just caught
a short pass from Quincy Carter and Sheldon Brown once again met him dead on. Two
thunderous hits on 2 plays and the Eagle players took notice. But this game belonged
to Donovan McNabb who once again showed the NFL why he may be the best quarterback
in the NFL today. He was simply brilliant as he passed for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns
and ran for another 41 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. He threw his touchdown passes
to 3 different receivers; James Thrash, Todd Pinkston and Antonio Freeman. His first
TD pass came right after Dallas jumped to a 10-3 lead, thanks mainly to Reggie Swinton's
kickoff return for a touchdown. Donovan simply threw a perfect long lob pass which Thrash
easily ran under and into the endzone for a 35-yard TD and a 10-10 tie. To open the
third quarter, McNabb escaped the pressure of the Dallas rush and appeared to be running
straight up the middle for a first down and then he just threw it to Antonio Freeman with
nothing but open space and he scored on the 59 yard play to increase the Eagles lead to
27-10. Lastly with the game out of hand, he completed his third touchdown pass to
Todd Pinkston in the fourth quarter to make the score 41-13.
If the game wasn't bad enough, the Eagles kept playing tricks on the poor Cowboys.
They ran a perfect double reverse for a 32 yard gain in the first quarter. Then with
4th down and David Akers lining up to kick another field goal, they ran the option
play with Koy Detmer pitching to Akers for a 10-yard gain and a first down. Then to
top it off in the 3rd, the Eagles ran a half-back option for Brian Westbrook who
sidearmed a perfect pass to Todd Pinkston for the first of his 2 TD catches. After
the Eagles went up 17-10, Dallas never had a chance and to compound things even more,
they took stupid penalty after stupid penalty. First, it was a silly late hit after the
whistle blew play with the Cowboys Duane Hawthorne driving Pinkston back 15 yards and then
slamming him down onto the carpet. 15 YARDS - Personal Foul! Next play, Mario Edwards was
called for defensive pass interference on a 49 yard pass to Todd Pinkston. The result led
to a 2 yard touchdown run by Donovan McNabb and a 17-10 lead which the Eagles never
relinquished. Next time the Eagles got the ball and time running out in the half, it was
Keith Adams who was called for delay of the game by kicking the ball away after the officials
set it up. That stopped the clock and gave the Eagles time to regroup enough to move
the ball downfield and setup another David Akers field goal as time ran out. The last and probally
the worst one came in the third quarter after the Cowboys kicked a field goal to make the
score 34-13. Dallas stopped the Eagles on 3 plays and forced the Eagles to punt. But a Dallas
defender was called for offsides giving the Eagles a first down. McNabb and the offense
proceeded to take the ball and rammed it down the Pokes throats as Donovan led the Eagles
on a 8:00, 17 play, 80 yard drive for the final touchdown of the game.
All game long too, the Eagles defense applied the pressure to Quincy Carter. He was sacked,
harassed and hit all game long. The Eagles sacked him four times with Darwin Walker leading
the way with 2 sacks. The Birds defense forced 4 turnovers. The Eagles lead the NFL with
11 total. Carter only threw for 201 total passing yards, threw 1 INT and fumbled twice.
The Eagles were on their game and Dallas was not. The Eagles are the kings of the East
until proven otherwise and might also be the favorite to win the NFC with the St. Louis Rams
at 0-3. After giving up 17 second half points to the Titans in week #1, the Eagles defense
has not allowed a single touchdown and only 2 field goals. Dallas never really even threatened
to score a touchdown either. Next week's opponent, the Houston Texans may not even score
a point period the way this Eagles' defense is playing. As of now, Philly is favored to win by
over 20 points. With the offense and defense both playing at this high level, all other teams
around the league must now try to figure out how to score and how to stop Donovan McNabb.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES