Cowboys 38, Eagles 33: Dallas Tenderly Conquered the Terrible Eagles Last Night

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The Tony Romo Excellence Award: Tony Romo. With a quarterback rating of 150.5, Romo scorched a terrible Eagles defense with aplomb. After the offense produced little on the scoreboard in the first half, Tony came out during the second half and put on a clinic. Displaying excellent poise behind a continually bad offensive line, Romo chucked darts to Witten and Dez with equal efficiency. Apparently NBC was prepared for such a performance, as they cut to his wife, Candice, after nearly every completion, making it only the second most awkward use of airtime on the night.

Awkward Political Shoehorn Award: Bob Costas. In a game between two certifiably terrible teams, there's one thing most people will take away from the game presentation. Just prior to the start of the second half, Bob Costas took about a minute to lecture the audience about the need for stricter gun control as it relates to the recent tragic murder/suicide involving former Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. While taking a firm stance on an incredibly divisive political issue, Costas went on to tell America that if they need an event like that to gain perspective on life, they probably won't ever find true perspective on anything.

Costas' diatribe went swiftly across the face of a far more tasteful oration by Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn that aired not 10 seconds before. Quinn pointed out the horrible irony that exists in a world where social media has actually caused people to ignore their fellow humans' true emotional states in favor of easy-to-digest digital interaction. While gun violence is an issue that deserves a forum, its place is not during a football game, especially when Costas goes on to conclude that if guns didn't exist, Belcher and his girlfriend would still be alive. There were likely equal amounts of approving nods as there were slumped headshakes during Costas' speech, but for a major network to drop anchor on an issue so decisively felt odd and out of place.

The Felix Jones DFA Candidate Of The Week: Doug Free. If he hadn't already secured his release in the upcoming offseason, Free certainly made sure to leave little doubt with his meh-job against the Eagles. As has been said for years and years, the Cowboys must make offensive line a priority in the draft and free agency this year. Not a priority in the sense of drafting a seventh rounder and signing a couple scrap heap guys, but serious attention. Of course, this won't happen, but it's nice to dream of a world where the GM understands the correlation between a good offensive line and a good offense.

The Pokes head out to the Tri-City this coming Sunday to face a 7-5 (and likely favored) Bengals squad. Andy "Red Rocket" Dalton and company have won four straight, so look for them to show up ready to roll, something the Cowboys have struggled mightily to emulate this season. The statistical flicker of hope remains for a Dallas playoff berth, but one misstep would quickly snuff it out.

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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The best thing about the game was Bob Costas delivering his speech against guns and the gun-crazy culture we have in the US.  Let's hope we hear more of the same.

iwearblack
iwearblack

Watching the Eagles and Cowpats play is like watching a tard fight... It's mildly entertaining, but in the end it's awkward and just plain pitiful to watch...

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

for those of us desperately clinging to post season appearance who do we root for tonight, redskins or giants?

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Wrong place - wrong time - accomplished nothing other grandstanding on someone's personal tragedy

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz so you think if guns were banned, he wouldnt have shot her or himself?  Thats delusional.  If he wanted to get a gun, he would have legal or not

justinwbitner
justinwbitner

@ChrisYu I'd say pull for the Redskins in this one.  The Giants schedule is the toughest in the division down the stretch, so an extra loss tonight would throw the Cowboys a small glimmer of hope for a playoff berth.  That said, the Cowboys must win at least three of their final four games, including the finale against the 'Skins, for that dream to approach the doorstep of fruition.  

It's a longshot, but the Giants were also sitting at 6-6 at this point last year.  While there's a huge gap in situational execution between those Giants and these Cowboys, the point is as long as there's a chance, well, there's a chance.    

iwearblack
iwearblack

@ScottsMerkin @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Or worse yet, it would have gone down the old fashioned way, with an axe or butcher knife... What people fail to realize when they start spouting a bunch of puerile crap about gun control is that if someone wants someone else dead badly enough, they'll find a way to get it done...

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