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Three Phases: Cowboys-Eagles



    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: C
    When I complained about a C one time, I had a college professor tell me that C is average and I should be happy with it. So that's what I'm basing this off of, Dr. Walker. The Cowboys' offense was not nearly as successful as we would've thought it'd be against a pretty bad Eagles defense. But that game was expected to be much higher scoring on both sides and the flow of the game just led to a lackluster offensive effort. It didn't help Dallas that DeMarco Murray was out, but Joseph Randle was serviceable. Terrance Williams continued his streak of scoring touchdowns with his third straight game catching a TD as he's basically supplanted Miles Austin, who seems to have also been passed up by Cole Beasley.

    Defense: A+
    For the second straight game, the Cowboys defense was a game-winning defense. But this time around, it came against a pretty powerful offensive team, albeit one without their starting quarterback. But Nick Foles was coming off a performance last week that earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Cowboys made him look silly, led by a stellar effort from Dallas' corners that helped lock down big-time playmaker DeSean Jackson. The Cowboys also held the NFL's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy to 55 yards on 18 carries.

    Special teams: A
    Dan Bailey was perfect on the day, converting his one field goal and two extra-point attempts. Punter Chris Jones was pretty great, too. Of his nine punts, he pinned six inside the Eagles' 20-yard line. Dwayne Harris surprisingly didn't return a kick for a touchdown though, so all was lost.