Cowboys Over Eagles Part 2
Philadelphia’s offense is just disjointed
After a daring offseason and a team with 0-2, Chip Kelly is more easily classifiable, in the eyes of many as the village idiot. Having a backfield composed by Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, and to get only seven yards rushing in this game, it is frankly unacceptable. Especially when you have an offensive number inside the rival 5-yard line and looking to throw the ball.
Philadelphia had 11 third downs and only two of them became first down, the up-tempo of their attack was not at all effective and Sam Bradford took very questionable decisions with the ball in addition to constantly have pressure near him.
OL Fletcher Cox is the Cowboys worst nightmare
As good as the Cowboys’ offensive line has been, there are some players that have proven their kryptonite; The perfect example is Fletcher Cox. The defensive tackle seems to be unable to be blocked by the center of the Dallas offense, nor the C Travis Frederick nor the OG’s Zack Martin and Mackenzy Bernadeau, could contain the # 91, who was constantly in the Cowboys backfield, either breaking carries or pressuring the quarterback.
What is striking is that no this is not noticed in their numbers at times, ie it is not a player who accumulates sacks or tackles in big numbers, but as is often said “disruption is production” and Cox is constantly disruptive.
The festival of Flags
At one point, it seemed that every passing play saw a piece of yellow cloth flying and landing near the play. Between the two teams they accumulated 26 penalties for 202 yards, including 18 for the Cowboys franchise to break the record in a single game.
Most importantly beyond the numbers, again, it is when these penalties occurred (or did they stop producing) and the times they came. Constantly the penalties killed or kept important drives alive, putting their teams in difficult positions, plus it made for a more difficult to watch game.