Cowboys Pound Philadelphia

The Cowboys ambushed the Philadelphia Eagles, 33-10 Sunday afternoon at Texas Stadium.

The Philadelphia Eagles entered Texas Stadium on Sunday afternoon with an air of invincibility. Drew Bledsoe and the Dallas Cowboys quickly put an end to that.

Bledsoe threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair of early scores to Terry Glenn, as the Cowboys posted a 33-10 victory over the Eagles in a matchup of NFC East rivals.

Philadelphia entered having won nine of its last 10 games vs. Dallas and having outscored the Cowboys by a combined 345-155 in the last 12 meetings, including a 49-21 victory here in Week 10 last season.

The Eagles (3-2) also entered averaging a league-high 432 yards per game and riding a three-game winning streak, but their ever-potent offensive trio of quarterback Donovan McNabb, running back Brian Westbrook and wide receiver Terrell Owens were taken out of the game early by Bledsoe and a Cowboys team that clearly was more motivated and better prepared.

Dallas (3-2) jumped out to a quick start as Bledsoe hooked up with Glenn on three of the first four plays from scrimmage, capped by a 15-yard touchdown to open the scoring.

The 33-year-old Bledsoe was far from finished, however, as he connected with Glenn just under six minutes later on a 38-yard bomb down the right sideline for a 14-0 lead.

Jose Cortez capped the first-quarter scoring with a 28-yard field goal for the Cowboys, who had not scored in the opening period in any of their first four games but racked up 17 points and 190 yards in the first quarter vs. Philadelphia.

The second quarter was much of the same as Bledsoe found Lousaka Polite for a 12-yard TD pass and Cortez booted a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds to conclude a half in which the Cowboys outgained the Eagles, 325-80, and had 18 first downs to only five for Philadelphia en route to building a 27-3 cushion.

The first-half yardage was the highest total allowed by the Eagles since December 30, 2001 vs. the New York Giants. It actually could have been worse in the first half for Philadelphia had the Cowboys not converted just 1-of-6 third downs and failed on a 4th-and-goal from the 1.

Given the early cushion, Dallas' defense constantly harassed McNabb and contained all of the Eagles' weapons. Entering with three consecutive 300-yard passing efforts, McNabb finished just 13-of-26 for 131 yards, without a touchdown or an interception. Owens caught five balls for 50 yards, while Westbrook managed just 12 yards on six carries.

The Pro Bowl trio was outperformed in every sense by their Dallas counterparts. Bledsoe completed 24-of-35 passes, including seven to Glenn, who finished with 118 yards to notch his third 100-yard receiving game of the season.

Dallas' Julius Jones carried 16 times for 72 yards before leaving late in the first half with an undisclosed injury.

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