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The Eagles have given up seven touchdown passes in the past three games, including three in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. That's shocking news for a secondary that features three Pro Bowlers and has allowed an average of just 15 touchdown passes per season the last four years.

Last season, Philadelphia gave up just 16 passing touchdowns in 16 games and allowed multiple touchdown passes in only three games.

After giving up no touchdown passes in their first two games against Atlanta (a 14-10 loss) and San Francisco (a 42-10 win), the Eagles gave up two in each of their wins over Oakland and Kansas City, and then three Sunday against Drew Bledsoe and the Cowboys.

Bledsoe completed 24 of 35 passes for 289 yards.

"We didn't cover well. We gave up the big play," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. "They got momentum, and we needed a stop and we didn't come up with a stop."

The Eagles gave up nine passing plays of 20 yards or more in the two games against the Raiders and the Chiefs. The Cowboys' Bledsoe only completed one pass of more than 20 yards, a 38-yard touchdown pass to Terry Glenn, who beat Pro Bowl corner Lito Sheppard.

"We need to do a better job of getting off the field," said Sheppard, who had his problems with Glenn the whole day. "You don't want to have games like that. But they bring you back to reality."


A week after spotting the Kansas City a 17-point lead and coming back to win, the Eagles couldn't do the same against Dallas.

The Cowboys, who hadn't scored a point in the first quarter in their previous four games, jumped out to a 17-0 lead on the Eagles, then kept building on it for an easy 33-10 win.

The Eagles couldn't find an answer for Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe and his passing game. Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes and completed 24 of 35 passes. He wasn't sacked once.


--TE L.J. Smith sprained his ankle late in the first quarter against Dallas and missed a good portion of the last three quarters. But the Eagles said Smith's injury is a low ankle sprain, and they think he'll be fine for the team's next game in two weeks.

--QB Donovan McNabb aggravated his sports hernia injury on a second-quarter scramble against Dallas, but he stayed in the game. It was not one of his better performances. He completed just 13 of 26 passes.

--DT Sam Rayburn suffered an AC sprain in his left shoulder against Dallas. With the Eagles off next week, he should be fine for the Eagles' next game.

--DT Darwin Walker missed his third straight game with a thigh contusion. The Eagles think he'll be back after the bye for their next game against the Chargers.

--RB Brian Westbrook failed to notch 100 rushing and receiving yards for the second straight game. Westbrook rushed for just 12 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 24 yards.

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