The Eagles offense was abysmal in their home opener against their division rivals. They failed to establish the run, dropped passes and turned the ball over on their way to a 20-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
There was no lack of effort on the part of Demarco Murray, who was playing against his former team for the first time. Despite Murray’s best efforts, Philadelphia’s offensive line failed to get a good push up front and the Eagles rushers combined for just 7 yards on the ground. “There was too much penetration up front. Too many guys in the backfield” said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly after the game.
The Eagles passing game was no better. Receivers dropped easy catches and Sam Bradford threw two interceptions. Without a rushing or passing attack, the Eagles converted just 18% of their first downs and left their defense on the field for over forty minutes.
Despite the amount of time they were on the field, the Eagles defense kept them in the game for the second week in a row. The Eagles defense forced two fumbles and only allowed one Cowboy touchdown and two field goals.
The Cowboys came into the game without their leading receiver Dez Bryant, and lost quarterback Tony Romo early in the third quarter. Fortunately for them, they didn’t need much offense to best the Eagles who scored their only touchdown in garbage time.
The Eagles also suffered key injuries; both starting inside linebackers Kiko Alonso and Mychael Kendricks left the game in the second quarter.
The Eagles now sink to 0-2 and sit at the bottom of the division, while the Cowboys sit atop it at 2-0. However, Romo’s injury and the Eagles depleted linebacking core shakes up the volatile NFC East. It’s early in the season and the division is up for grabs.