Cowboys take division lead with win over Philadelphia
El Paso, TX — The Dallas Cowboys want to win the NFC East and go to the playoffs. Today, the Cowboys got a big win to help them achieve that, 17-3 at division rival Philadelphia. Dallas was without running back DeMarco Murray to a sprained knee ligament, so the 'boys relied on the arm of Tony Romo, who was 28-47 for 317 yards and a touchdown, but was also picked off twice. Rookie running back Joseph Randle had 19 carries for 65 yards, and also caught three passes for 28 yards. Phillip Tanner had two carries for one yard, but one of those carries went for a touchdown.
Also out was DeMarcus Ware, linebacker and defensive end, and Sean Lee picked up the slack with 11 tackles. Ware and Murray are listed as day to day.
The Eagles couldn't get anything going on offense and dropped their ninth straight game at home for a franchise record, meanwhile the Cowboys win back-to-back games for the first time this season to claim the outright lead in the NFC East at 4-3. Eagles fell to 3-4.
"I mean, we didn't play well at all offensively. We didn't do anything to help us out. I thought our defense did an outstanding job all day. I think our special teams, besides the one kick-off, did a really good job on a team that is probably the most dangerous return team in the game, but offensively we couldn't get anything going," said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. "I think it's everybody on the offensive side of the ball. I don't think we blocked very well, and I don't think we caught the ball very well and I don't think we got off our routes very well. It was eleven guys on offense. It was all of us on offense, me calling plays, everybody, not just one guy."
Dallas head coach Jason Garrett was pleased with his team's performance. "Just got to keep battling. Just got to keep battling trying to find some good answers on offense. Try to allow us to move the football and score some points, keep encouraging the defense to play like they've played and you come up here and play a division game, you know it's going to be this kind of a game. You just got to keep battling throughout, keep finding some good things to get to where our guys can function and make some plays for us. I thought we did that as a the game went on."
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo added, "I think if you play long enough you understand how difficult it is to win on the road, especially in the division. It's going to be a tough game, they always are and it's going to come down to a series or two and we responded. when it got to the critical points of the game I was proud of the guys. We got into some stuff we liked and we executed well. Getting that touchdown to go up two scores was really big."
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