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Defense Solidifies Dallas Cowboys’ Victory Over Philadelphia Eagles

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There was not much offense to be seen on Sunday in the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles game despite what many were expecting. The Eagles were without quarterback Mike Vick heading into the game, and after an injury to Nick Foles the Cowboys’ defense tore apart third-string QB Matt Barkley to solidify their 17-3 victory.

Even though Barkley finished the day with 129 passing yards in limited action, his three interceptions late in the game were the deciding factor in the Cowboys’ victory. The Cowboys’ offense didn’t show up until the second half, and even then Tony Romo and company were rather unimpressive. Romo and the offense scored only two touchdowns on the day, and although he threw for over 300 yards once again, the two interceptions Romo ended with were a huge factor in the inability of the offense to capitalize when given an opportunity.

The offense was without DeMarco Murray on Sunday, which is why it is no surprise the Cowboys only managed to gain 74 rushing yards as a team. Murray’s replacement, Joseph Randle, was largely unimpressive on the day as he managed just 65 rushing yards on 19 carries. It’s clear after today the offense needs a solid run game to rely on, and if Murray can’t return next week for their game against the Detroit Lions the Cowboys may not be as lucky as they were this week.

While it was hard to watch the Cowboys on offense at times, it was even harder to watch Foles throw bad pass after bad pass. The Cowboys’ defense put pressure on Foles and forced many of those ill-advised throws, but his accuracy was off all day and it was clear he just wasn’t himself. When Barkley was inserted into the game it already appeared the Cowboys had their fourth victory of the season wrapped up, but the three interceptions the defense forced were the deciding factors in the team’s victory as the Cowboys’ offense failed to run the ball effectively late.

This was a rough game for the Cowboys on offense, which is understandable given the injury to Murray, but if the Cowboys hope to keep climbing up the standings in the NFC East they must come with a better effort next Sunday.

Nick Baker is a contributing writer for Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.