Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.
This very well could've been the Cowboy offense's worst showing of the year given the fact that everyone was healthy, or as healthy as could be. The Cowboys totaled just 267 yard, DeMarco Murray was held under 100 yards for just the second time this season with a season-low 73, and Tony Romo threw for just 199 yards to go with no interceptions. Romo was pressured all day, as the Eagles were able to pin their ears back after building a quick lead and just punish the hobbled quarterback all day long.
It's hard to give up 33 points and 464 yards, but I'm going to cut the defense some slack here and not give them an F. Here's why: They got off to an awful start, giving up two quick touchdowns to Mark Sanchez (yes, Mark Sanchez) but then settled in and played better the rest of the day, routinely being put in bad position and making the Eagles settle for four field goals on the day.
Special teams: C
Dan Bailey did his job, as usual. Chris Jones did a pretty decent job in the punting game. The coverage units didn't let Darren Sproles score a touchdown in the return game, but other than that the Cowboys' return game was a mess. Dwayne Harris had a bonehead 15-yard penalty late which was inconsequential. But his near-muffed punt after one of his own teammates ran into him was early in the game and while the outcome wasn't good, it could've easily been a whole lot worse.