NFL: Banged-up Cowboys beat Eagles 17-3 in Philadelphia
Associated PressFirst published Oct 20 2013 07:28PM
Philadelphia • In an unexpected defensive tussle, the depleted Dallas Cowboys delivered the knockout punch.
Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and one touchdown, a banged-up defense shut down Chip Kelly’s prolific offense and the Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 17-3 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
At least there won’t be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia after this one. Nick Foles was awful leaving with a head injury.
"Obviously, our defense was outstanding," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "That offense challenges you in so many ways. They have a really good scheme. Our defense played sound, played together. They were physical and our tackling was outstanding."
Two teams that averaged a combined 58.2 points per game and allowed a combined 55.2 totaled 13 punts in a first half that ended with Dallas (4-3) leading 3-0. It was more two inept offenses than two dominant defenses.