By Peter Gleason
So much for the debate about who owns whom.
Before the Eagles’ 33-10 beatdown of the Cowboys there was a lot of tongue-wagging on both sides, most of it in reaction to a training camp comment by Eagles running back LeSean McCoy:
“I own Dallas.”
That case is closed.
McCoy rushed 25 times for a season-high 159 yards and one touchdown in the Eagles’ 33-10 win over the Cowboys. Philly rushed for 256 yards as a team, the most the Cowboys have allowed since 2012.
“It was the best the (offensive line) played this year,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said.
McCoy said the Eagles’ game plan coming into the game was to run the ball. He didn’t waste much time, breaking off a 36-yard run on his second carry. He rushed for 54 yards in the first quarter as the Eagles scored touchdowns on their first two drives.
In third, McCoy found a hole on the right side, darted to the sideline, then cut back to the middle of the field and outran the Cowboys for a 38-yard touchdown run to make the score 30-10. He punctuated the run by mimicking Dez Bryant’s touchdown celebration.
When asked in the postgame press conference about the holes his offensive linemen gave him, McCoy’s eyes got wide. He shook his head and let out a soft “hoo.”
“I had so many opportunities to make guys miss one-on-one,” McCoy said. “So much space by far getting out to the blocks.”
Following the McCoy touchdown, Philly slowed it’s offense and strung together a 14-play drive that ended up in a field goal and ate more than six-and-a-half minutes of clock. Twelve of the plays were runs.
According to Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, the second half dominance was set up by adjusting to what the Cowboys did in the first.
“Some of the slants and some of the stuff we didn’t do early on too well,” Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “In the second half we picked up some of their stunts and just got to the second level well, moved the down linemen.
“It was basically execution.”