Cowboys - Eagles Report Card

The Cowboys basically won Sunday's game on special teams. Randal Williams returned an onside kick 37 yards for a touchdown and Zuriel Smith set up the Cowboys' winning score with a 54-yard kickoff return. How could you give them anything less than an A?

PASS OFFENSE: C -- Quincy Carter completed 14 of 25 passes for a season-low 146 yards with one interception. However, he was hurt by several dropped passes, including two by Joey Galloway. Galloway had two big receptions -- a 37-yarder and a 19-yarder -- that led to scores. Antonio Bryant added a 49-yard catch that led to a field goal.

RUSH OFFENSE: C -- They didn't expect to have much success running against the Eagles' stout run defense. But they remained committed to the cause with 36 attempts that contributed to their 4:08-minute edge in time of possession. Troy Hambrick carried 18 times for 46 yards. Carter had seven scrambles for 31 yards.

PASS DEFENSE: B -- Receivers are starting to fear Roy Williams, who had 1 1/2 sacks and a pass breakup caused by Todd Pinkston's anticipation of a hit from Williams. Cornerbacks Terence Newman and Mario Edwards pitched near shutouts, limiting the Eagles' receivers to four catches. RUSH DEFENSE: C -- The Eagles rushed for 122 yards on the game and three backs averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry. But the yards were mostly spurts rather than consistent effectiveness, thanks to the strong play up front by tackles Willie Blade, Daleroy Stewart and La'Roi Glover, who helped stone the Eagles' ground attack early. Philly rushed for just 45 yards in the first half, including just seven in the first quarter when they squandered starting opportunities at their 49, 46 and Cowboys' 47-yard lines and came away with no points.

SPECIAL TEAMS: A -- The Cowboys won this game on special teams. Randal Williams returned an onside kick 37 yards for a touchdown and Zuriel Smith set up the Cowboys' winning score with a 54-yard kickoff return. Billy Cundiff made three field goals, including the game-winner from 28 yards.

COACHING: A -- The Cowboys are among the most prepared teams in the league, and that's all Bill Parcells. Randal Williams was ready for an onside kick on the opening kickoff. Parcells called the halfback pass by Aveion Cason and a deep strike to Antonio Bryant.

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