There have been cases of players having extraordinary performances against their original teams. DeMarco Murray was not one of those players. Murray had 13 carries for 2 rushing yards in his Eagles home debut. Safe to say that the crowd in Philadelphia was not happy with that performance.
The scoring started with the Cowboys coming up short on a goal-line drive towards the end of the first quarter. They settled for a 20 yard Dan Bailey field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
Nothing much happened the rest of the first half, until the Cowboys marched down to the red zone again. This time a 28 yard field goal made it 6-0 Cowboys going into halftime. Safe to say the game was a snore-fest at this point. The Eagles had only 21 yards of offense in that first half.
Early in the second half the Eagles attempted a punt, but it was blocked by Donnie Jones and returned 26 yards for a touchdown by Kyle Wilber to make it a 13-0 game going into the fourth quarter.
Despite the win by Dallas, the bigger concern is that their franchise quarterback may be out for a significant period of time. Tony Romo was injured on a strip sack by linebacker Jordan Hicks in the third quarter. He fractured his left clavicle in the third quarter and as a result Brandon Weeden had to take over play-calling duties. Romo will undergo more tests on Monday.
The Eagles also lost some people to injury. Linebackers Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks left the game to starve an already depleted Eagles defense.
Philadelphia finally got on the board with a 46-yard field goal by Cody Parkey to make it 13-3.
A fumble however was forced by Eagles cornerback Byron Maxwell (a former Seahawk), but the Eagles gave it right back on a botched snap by quarterback Sam Bradford. Overall it was an ugly game. Bradford also threw one of his two interceptions to Cowboys defensive back J.J. Wilcox on his next drive (Bradford had also thrown another one earlier while they were in the red zone).That marked three turnovers for Philadelphia in their last 12 snaps.
Dallas scored the first offensive touchdown of the game off of a 42 yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Terrance Williams. That made it 20-3 Dallas. Philadelphia responded with a 6 yard touchdown pass from Sam Bradford to Jordan Matthews to make it 20-10. That ended the scoring. Thankfully the game was over.
Dallas has a head start on the rest of the NFC East (they have a one-game lead over the Washington Redskins), but will it stay there for long. Not without a quarterback. Especially not without star wide receiver Dez Bryant either, who was injured in Week 1 and will miss multiple weeks of game action.
The Eagles are now 0-2, and they need to win their next game lest they risk falling further behind.