One week after a romping of the New York Giants, the Eagles would face a big challenge in the Dallas Cowboys with the leader finding themselves on top of the NFC East. It was a prime time game in Philadelphia and the Eagles could prove the nation that they were the real deal.
The Eagles were slow out of the gate and the Cowboys got out to a 7-0 lead about halfway through the first quarter on a Tashard Choice touchdown run. This is the way the quarter would end and the Eagles would regroup and try to find a way to put some points on the board. Not too long into the second quarter, the Eagles finally got on he board with a David Akers field goal and added another one with just over 90 seconds left in the half making the score 7-6. After getting the ball back, Dallas put together a quick drive on the Birds and got a field goal out of it making the score 10-6 at halftime. It wasn’t a strong first half showing but the Eagles were right in it.
In the second half, the Eagles were able to get on the board shortly into the third quarter when Donovan McNabb found Brent Celek for an 11 yard touchdown and their first lead of the game. This was the only scoring of the quarter, but Dallas knotted the score at 13 each just eight seconds into the fourth quarter.
A big question before the game would how the Eagles would fair against Miles Austin who was slowly emerging as the Cowboys best receiver. The Eagles shut him down all game until halfway through the quarter where he burned Sheldon Brown for a 49 yard touchdown which would be his only catch of the game. Trailing 20-13, the Eagles failed to add anything more than a field goal and lost the game 20-16.
After seeming like an invincible squad the previous week against the Giants, the Eagles came out looking like a completely different team. Donovan McNabb threw two interceptions, and they failed to get the long scoring plays that fueled them a week before. Much like Miles Austin, DeSean Jackson was essentially shutdown on the day, netting only two receptions for 29 yards. LeSean McCoy had 115 total yards on the night, but the offensive performance was rather horrid other than that.
The doubts that existed with this team just a few weeks back started to resurface, and everyone knew these doubts would be tested immediately as the Eagles would have to travel out to San Diego to take on a hot Chargers team next.