The Philadelphia Eagles are 9-3 after beating the .
Here are 10 things to be learned from this game. There is a lot to discuss, so let's get right to it.
1) The Eagles are the team to beat in the NFC East
Big win for the Birds in terms of the division standings. The Eagles are 3-0 against their NFC East opponents with a win coming over each team. The Cowboys dropped to 2-2 with the loss and now run the risk of being swept by Philadelphia.
This win was a statement. The Eagles flew into Dallas with the whole nation watching and ripped their hearts out. The game wasn't as close as the 23-point margin of victory indicated.
Chip Kelly is 7-2 against NFC East games in his tenure. The two losses came when a rookie Matt Barkley had to play. It's easy to see why these teams are scared of Chip Kelly.
2) The Eagles own the Cowboys
Here's a fun stat, via @RoobCSN: "Since 2000, the Cowboys have lost 18 games by 23 or more points. TEN of those losses have been to the Eagles."
3) Shady looks great
The Eagles look unstoppable when LeSean McCoy gets going. McCoy is now second in the NFL with 1,018 rushing yards. He's the only Eagle to have four 1,000-yard seasons. His 159 yard against Dallas marked the 23rd time in his career and the fourth time in the last seven games he's hit the century mark. McCoy has scored three touchdowns in the last four games. The Eagles are 20-3 in McCoy’s 23 career 100-yard games. With 6,491 career rushing yards, McCoy is just 47 yards shy of Wilbert Montgomery’s franchise record of 6,538 yards.
McCoy wouldn't have been able to run so well if it were not the great blocking he receive up front from pretty much the entire line. Every offensive lineman turned out a good performance.
4) Butt fumble forgotten
Mark Sanchez became known for the butt fumble two years ago on Thanksgiving but his performance against the Cowboys would almost make you forget about that. Sanchez threw for 217 yards on 20/29 passing (7.5 average) for one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. His passer rating was 102.2. Great performance by Sanchez.
Another thing worth mentioning is how comfortable he looked as a runner. It was noticeable in the Week 12 Titans game that Tennessee was cheating too heavily on the run at times and that there was room for him to pull off the QB-keeper on the read-option. Sanchez exploited these opportunities against Dallas and rushed for 28 yards on seven attempts. That one play where he pump-faked as he was seven yards or so beyond the line of scrimmage was hilarious.
5) Sanchez is probably the starter for the rest of the season
Nick Foles is scheduled to have a CT scan on Friday. Reports have indicated that Foles could be out longer than the original six-to-eight weeks time-frame that was reported in early November. Even if Foles is ready to return soon, however, it's hard to see Sanchez losing the job if he continues to play this well.
6) Jeremy Maclin finally had a 1,000+ yard season
One of the big knocks on Maclin was that he never had a 1,000+ yard receiving season before. Well, now he has. Maclin has had a great year. The 26-year old receiver leads the NFL in catches of 50+ yards this year with six.
After the game, it was easy to see how happy his teammates were for him. A number of players congratulated him on Twitter. Seems like people genuinely enjoy having him around.
7) Bennie Logan wasn't wrong
Bennie Logan caught some flack for saying he didn't think the Cowboys offensive line was special. Those people owe Logan an apology. He wasn't just talking trash; he was telling the truth. The Eagles' front seven dominated Dallas on the line of scrimmage. Logan had a good game. Meanwhile, Fletcher Cox was an absolute beast. He's still 23 and soon to turn 24.
8) Tony Romo's streak was stopped
Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass in 38 straight games heading into the Cowboys' Thanksgiving showdown. That streak is now over.
Romo's performance against the Eagles was very bad. He went down at the slightest hint of pressure. It's very evident he doesn't want to get hit and risk further injury to his bad back.
9) The Cowboys are ready to face the Eagles again
There appears to be a ton of quotes about how the Cowboys are ready to play the Eagles again and how it's going to be a different result. That's cute.
The truth is that the Eagles match up really well against Dallas. The Birds can shut down the run and force the Dallas defense to spend more plays on the field then they're used to. Philadelphia's Week 15 game against the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field is going to be something else. The crowd will be way more involved than the one in Dallas was, save for the Pitbull concert. The hostile confines of The Linc won't be welcoming.
10) The Seahawks have rebounded
The 'Hawks are 5-1 in their last six games after starting the season 3-3. The defending Super Bowl champions haven't exactly been world-beaters during that stretch. Three of those wins were against a bad Panthers teams, a league-worst Raiders team, and a bad Giants team. They also beat the Cardinals in Seattle with Drew Stanton at quarterback and beat the 49ers in San Francisco on Thursday night.
Seattle will be a tough test for the Eagles' 10-game regular-season home winning streak. They are far from unbeatable, however.