Dallas Cowboys Again Stop Donovan McCrybaby and Eagles, 34-14

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJanuary 10, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after forcing a fumble by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Looks like my call for Dallas Cowboy fans, players, and the organization to boycott Philadelphia Cream Cheese has worked.

Final score (and it wasn't really this close): Dallas Cowboys 34, Philadelphia Eagles 14.

Eagles fans, you want to know why your team played flat again—especially after being shut out last week 24-0?

Three reasons: One, Tony Romo and the offense are really starting to click, and, for the second straight week, the Eagles had no answer. Two, Dallas's defense is really starting to mature into one of the league's most feared and respected (remarkable considering Dallas's secondary last season was as porous as Swiss Cheese).

Third, Donovan McCrybaby, your quarterback, didn't seem to have a healthy amount of respect for the Cowboys .

McNabb earlier this week said that while Dallas played well, Philly's shutout loss was more about the fact that the Eagles played badly and beat themselves.

After the game, McNabb said this: "It's more that we stopped ourselves. They have a lot of players who have made a lot of plays throughout their careers and guys that are on the rise. But obviously (it's) more that we stopped ourselves. The opportunities we had, we didn't capitalize on."

Translation: Yes, Dallas has a good team, but the reason we lost is because we played badly and made mistakes.

Um, isn't that what typically happens when you lose a game? You have opportunities, but you are unable to capitalize on them? I mean, how many Houston Astros games have I seen where Greg Maddux of the Atlanta Braves throws a perfect strike down the middle; Jeff Bagwell/Craig Biggio/Ken Caminiti connects solidly with the pitch, only to dribble it weakly to shortstop.

Of course, Mr. Campbell's Chunky Soup, it has nothing to do with Dallas having a good defense and simply outplaying your offense. That would mean you'd have to admit that your hated rival is playing better than you are right now.

McNabb's sour grapes reminds me of that famous quote of former Cowboys quarterback and Monday Night Football broadcaster Don Meredith: "If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas."

Dallas players apparently didn't get too bent out of shape over McNabb's comments, and one has to think there was no need to. Perhaps they figured if McNabb was making excuses, he'd be easy pickings on Saturday. If he'd given Dallas loads of credit, it would be an indication that he'd study Dallas's defense determined to find weak spots.

McNabb and the Eagles once again played flatter than Kansas (having lived there from 1974-1981, I'm qualified to judge), as the Cowboys defeated the Eagles and will now play the Minnesota Vikings next week.

I must confess that watching McNabb and Mr. Twitter, DeSean Jackson, sputter as they faced another Cowboys win.

It was a strange game: I expected the Eagles to make it close for reasons I've listed in past blog postings. One has to wonder if Dallas is just a better overall team than Philly is or if Dallas is on a hot streak and the Eagles aren't.

We'll see what happens next week.

Richard Zowie's a Bleacher Report blogger. Post comments below or e-mail richardzowie@gmail.com .