'Boys on a Roll

So much for the Cowboys getting complacent after winning six of their first seven games. So much for Tony Romo getting fat and happy after securing a six-year, $67 million contract extension.

And so much for the road to the NFC East title going through Philadelphia. Donovan McNabb made such a bold statement last week because his Eagles had won five the last six NFC East titles and his team was starting to feel good about itself again.

But the Sunday night game in Philadelphia proved to be simply a continuation of what has been the Cowboys' theme all season: there is a new day and a new king of the hill in the NFC and the NFC East.

On top of that, there is a new quarterback who is currently the best the NFC has to offer -- the newly rich Romo. Romo was nearly flawless. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns.

"It's a new day," linebacker Bradie James said. "We are gaining confidence. Somebody said you have to go through Philly to win the NFC East. No you have to go through Dallas. We wanted to let our actions speak to that. We are a force to be reckoned with and everybody has to get ready for us."

It could be only the beginning of what the Cowboys hope is a championship coronation in 2007.

The Cowboys are 7-1 for the first time since 1995 -- the last season they won the Super Bowl.

The road to the title moves to New York next Sunday when the Cowboys face the Giants (6-2) in a showdown for the NFC East title.

The Giants have won six straight games since starting 0-2. They are a far cry from the team Cowboys beat in the season opener 45-35.

But the suddenly road-tough Cowboys say they will be up to the challenge.

The victory against the Eagles was the Cowboys' seventh straight road win. It's the second longest road winning streak in team history to the 10-game road winning streak in 1968.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is starting to believe this can be a special season in Dallas. He built the team in the offseason to make a Super Bowl run. That has been the goal all along. If Jones didn't think it was possible he wouldn't have given Romo the huge contract extension. The Cowboys have not won a playoff game since 1996.

Still, even Jones wanted to see how his team would react against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

"This told me a lot," Jones said.

It was a game unlike any he had ever seen in Philadelphia.

When hated former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens went to the end zone with 45-yard touchdown pass to give the Cowboys a 28-7 lead at the beginning of the third quarter, there was no reaction from the Eagles crowd.

Not even when he mocked the Eagles by flapping his arms in the end zone as he used to do when he was an Eagle -- before he was kicked off the team following a rift with McNabb in 2005.

And when Jason Witten caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, many Eagles fans started heading for the exit.

Jones told coach Wade Phillips it was the best performance he had ever seen from a Cowboys team in Philadelphia.

"What I saw at the end of the third quarter I never thought we would be in this position," Jones said. "That's how much respect I have for the Eagles organization. It is surprising. ... It is special to get in here and play this well."

MONDAY NOTES: FS Ken Hamlin recorded his third interception of the season in the second quarter against the Eagles. More important, he snatched momentum back from the Eagles following a Lito Sheppard red zone interception of quarterback Tony Romo with 1:53 left in the second quarter. Three plays later Hamlin picked off quarterback Donovan McNabb, setting the Cowboys up at the 14-yard line with 1:33 left. Three plays later running back Marion Barber made the score 21-7 on a 5-yard run.

--RB Tyson Thompson was inactive on Sunday in what could be a prelude to his possibly getting released when the Cowboys activate Tank Johnson from the suspended list.

--WR Terrell Owens was made a team captain for the Eagles game as the Cowboys tried to tap into his motivation of wanting to play well against his former team. Owens had his best game as a Cowboy, with 10 catches for 174 yards and a 45-yard touchdown.

--QB Tony Romo showed that his contract will not be a problem. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns less than a week after getting a six-year, $67 million contract extension.

--DE Greg Ellis had a sack against the Eagles, giving him 5.5 sacks in five games since returning from a torn Achilles injury.

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