Eagles vs. Cowboys: 3 Keys for Philadelphia in the Second Half

Matt KingFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles needed a win tonight. Coming off a bye, we all had big expectations for them, but did anybody see this coming?

Philly has been the dominant team that everyone had envisioned that they could be before this season started. They are finally realizing what they could be.

With a 24-0 lead going into the second half and the game looking like it's already in hand, here are three keys for them to focus on in the second half. There are always things to work on, even in a blowout like this.

Protect Vick

The Eagles look like they are heading for a blowout win tonight, so the biggest priority for the second half should be to keep him safe. He already has been a part of a couple collisions in the first half and every time Michael Vick takes a hit, everyone holds their breath.

Let's avoid those situations as a whole and keep protecting Vick in the pocket, but give him specific instructions to keep the scrambling to a minimum.

Milk the clock

The Cowboys haven't been much to write home about on offense so far tonight, but don't be fooled, they still have a potent offense. Philly needs to use the clock to their full advantage on offense and keep that Dallas offense off the field as much as possible. 

Nothing is as frustrating as being far behind and not able to get back on the field to score.

Keep the defensive pressure on

Philadelphia has been stellar on defense tonight, and this is the kind of effort that can carry over for the rest of the season. They need to keep bringing the pressure and make this a statement game on both sides of the ball, not just offense.