Eagles vs. Cowboys: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIMarch 6, 2017

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The Philadelphia Eagles have fallen to second place after this loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Final Score: Dallas 17, Philadelphia 3

Philadelphia Eagles Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradesFinal Grade
Pass OffenseF+F
Run OffenseDD
Pass DefenseB+B
Run DefenseA-B+
Special TeamsDC-
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Game Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles had the worst game of his NFL career, misfiring on passes to the point where he made Tim Tebow look accurate. He completed just 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards. Foles was relieved by rookie Matt Barkley, who moved the ball well but threw three interceptions, plus a fourth that was called back by a penalty. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy didn't get anything going on the ground, carrying 18 times for 55 yards without a touchdown. 

Pass Defense: Tony Romo completed 28 of 47 passes for 317 yards, a touchdown and a pair of interceptions (I'm not counting the Hail Mary on the final play of the first half against Romo at all), but he never really got the Cowboys offense moving against one of the worst defenses in the NFL. 

Run Defense: Dallas started backup running back Joseph Randle, who carried 19 times for 65 yards, with a long run of just 12 yards. That's 3.4 yards per carry. 

Special Teams: No play really impacted the game, but the Eagles lose points for their missed 59-yard field goal at the end of the first half, a poor decision I outlined after the first half. Dallas returner Dwayne Harris added a 39-yard kick return. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly's play-calling was suspect, although both quarterbacks played very poorly. It's hard to know how much of the loss is on Chip and how much is on the offense. 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 20: LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the all as  Nick Hayden #96 of the Dallas Cowboys defends in the first quarter on October 20, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania.  (Photo by Elsa
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First-Half Analysis for Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles has played about as well as your average undrafted rookie thrown into a starting role. He's completed 11 of 23 passes for 80 yards. That's not even 3.5 yards per pass attempt. 

Run Offense: LeSean McCoy has eight runs for just 12 yards. No run has been longer than five yards. Nick Foles does have 25 rushing yards, but the Eagles need to rely on their running backs to pick up yards, not the QB. 

Pass Defense: Tony Romo's interception on the final play of the half made his numbers look a lot worse than they really were, but he's still misfired on a number of throws. He's completed 11 of 23 passes for 160 yards. 

Run Defense: Dallas is starting its backup running back but the Eagles are still containing Joseph Randle, who has just 34 rushing yards on 10 carries. 

Special Teams: Donnie Jones might be the most effective player for the Eagles, averaging close to 48 yards per punt. Damaris Johnson made a poor decision to field a punt inside the 10-yard line, and Alex Henery had a pitiful attempt on a 59-yard field goal at the end of the first half. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly's play-calling hasn't been his sharpest, notably during a streak of 11 straight plays in the first half where LeSean McCoy did not get a carry. His decision to attempt a 59-yard field goal late in the first half instead of going for it on 4th-and-1 was baffling.