Grading the Loss in Philly

F -- Quincy Carter's 93 yards passing was his lowest full game total since the first game of his rookie season. His biggest problem on Sunday however was the awful-game turning interception when he impulsively forced a throw to Terry Glenn. Overall, Carter completed 15 of 24 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions and quarterback rating of 49.5. Terry Glenn, Joey Galloway and Antonio Bryant combined for zero catches. Glenn had one drop but mostly they were blanketed by the Eagles pass defense. It was the first time all year that the big three were shutout. If not for an eight-yard catch by fourth-stringer Zuriel Smith no wide receiver would have caught a pass.

C -- The running looked much improved in the first half. Troy Hambrick ran strong and Erik Bickerstaff looked like a keeper. Fullback Jamar Martin looked good as the lead blocker. Of course, the Eagles woeful rush defense had a lot to do with it. In the end, the Cowboys ground game didn't spark them to victory.

D -- Defensive end Eric Ogbogu started in place of Ebenezer Ekuban and registered on tackle. Kenyon Coleman and Daleroy Stewart recorded sacks; however, there was not enough consistent pressure on quarterback Donovan McNabb, which didn't help the Cowboys beleaguered secondary. Cornerback Mario Edwards has a target on his back, as he was flagged for holding and pass interference. Terence Newman was also victimized for a big play.

D -- Dat Nguyen's rough day included a horde of missed tackles and a knockdown of Dexter Coakley that forced him to miss a tackle. Overall the linebacker didn't do a good job containing the Eagles running backs, who combined for 146 rushing yards and 99 pass receiving. The linebackers were not alone. The Cowboys missed 19 tackles as a team, safety Roy Williams had his worst tackling game of the season.

C -- Toby Gowin continued to struggle with his punting but the weather was partly to blame. Zuriel Smith had a 33-yard kickoff return but was otherwise non descript. And Billy Cundiff made his one and only field goal from 29-yards out.

D -- Bill Parcells did a good job getting the Cowboys attention before the game. He cut Derek Ross last week and benched two starters (guard Andre Gurode and defensive Ebenezer Ekuban) for poor production. Some how he must teach them how to not implode in big games on the road with crucial turnovers and penalties at the wrong times. The Cowboys are officially in midst of a full blown crisis. They have lost two straight games for the first time all season and now must scuffle to reach the playoffs for the first time since 1999. They need two wins in their final three games _ two of which are on the road. Not an easy task for a team that is winless on the road in its last three starts.

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