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Big Win - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles now have the inside track to winning the NFC East and they are still very much in contention for having the best record in NFC. We don’t know how things will turn out, but the team put itself in good position with Thursday’s win. I think the biggest shock was the play of the defense. They limited DeMarco Murray to just 73 yards on 20 carries, and he had to break tackles on some runs to get his numbers to that level. The Eagles didn’t sell out to stop him. They just kept him under control. The Dallas passing game didn’t fare much better. Tony Romo had thrown at least one TD pass in 38 straight games. That ended on Thursday against the Eagles. With Dez Bryant going against Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. Wow. Jason Witten was all over the TV as usual, but instead of this being highlights of his catches it was highlights of him relentlessly yelling at people on the sidelines. As Tony Bruno would say…"Beautiful".

Eagle Eye: The Defense Came To Play -
I’m not going to mince words here. If you’re an Eagles fan, there aren’t many things sweeter in the regular season than beating the Dallas Cowboys in convincing fashion on the road, on Thanksgiving Day, with the division lead on the line entering the month of December. The Eagles came out and played a complete game on Thursday afternoon, and if not for a couple of stalled drives in the red zone, the point differential could have been even greater. Let’s take a closer look at the 23-point victory on tape to see what lead to the huge win ...

Chip Kelly Update: Sanchez is Redeemed as Eagles Crush Dallas - Fishduck
But his most important statistic was zero — the number of interceptions he threw Thursday, after clocking in at a steady two per game since taking over for injured Nick Foles. And finally, he has started keeping the ball on some of the read-option plays, starting with his touchdown on the first drive, and ending with a perfectly executed read keeper for 13 yards that he finished with a beautiful baseball slide. I hope Nick Foles was taking notes.

Zone Read: Eagles-Cowboys, the Day After - Birds 24/7
THE NUMBER THAT MATTERS: 6.3. That's McCoy's yards-per-carry average in his last two games. He's totaled 289 yards on 46 carries in wins over the Titans and Cowboys. Granted, neither team is good against the run, but it's an encouraging sign for the Eagles that they decimated both teams on the ground.

Eagles defense makes quite a statement - Inquirer
Chip Kelly said the Eagles aren't "into statements." The coach is always wary of labels, and despite the Eagles' dominating, 33-10 win over the Dallas Cowboys in front of a national audience, he found no reason to support the notion that his team made a statement on Thanksgiving. But some of the Eagles players, particularly on defense, had no trouble taking the bait. The defensive line chirped all week about earning respect. Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, and Cedric Thornton said they didn't think the Cowboys' offensive line was as invincible as some have suggested.

Eagles v. Cowboys: What Did We Learn? - Inquirer
The offense looked as sharp as has all season in the first half as Sanchez had the troops marching up and down the field. The Eagles totaled 292 yards, and if weren’t for a few missed opportunities in the red zone, they could have posted 35 points by the break. Sanchez completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. He has completed 69 percent of his passes over the last two weeks and has accurately distributed the ball on short-to-intermediate routes.

Cowboys Writers are full of Panic and Despair - Crossing Broad
As expected, the Cowboys writers for Dallas’s’s’s’s’s two major newspapers are pretty much taking the same perspective: Panic. Not only did they lose to the Eagles, at home, on Thanksgiving, but they lost their first place (tied) spot in the division. Among the analysts there is some rational breakdown, but there’s a lot of doomsday panic.

Blowout wins in Dallas nothing new for Eagles - CSN Philly
If you hate the Cowboys, the Eagles are definitely the team for you. The Eagles blew out the Cowboys Thursday, but that’s nothing new. They’ve done that better than anyone else, more often than anyone else, more consistently than anyone else and in more meaningful games than anyone else. With no sign of letting up. The Eagles’ recent domination over the Cowboys is astonishing. Since 2000, the Cowboys have lost 19 games by 22 or more points. The Eagles have handed them more than half of those losses.

Mark Sanchez says gameplan for Cowboys was to NOT butt fumble - The 700 Level
For better or worse, most sports fans' memories of Mark Sanchez and Thanksgiving are focused squarely on a butt and a fumble. The Butt Fumble. That's a bummer. "It sucked," Sanchez says. Because Thanksgiving is one of his favorite holidays.

The Cowboys will not make the playoffs - SB Nation
All the stars were aligning on and off the field for Americas team just a month or so ago, but now they might be in the midst of there biggest embarrassment ever except maybe the time one of there players drove drunk and killed another player and was then reinstated to the team like a week ago. Do you know why they call the Cowboys "Americas" team? Its because they have 50 stars but no leadership, and the beginning of the end started when the Banks took over.

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