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Eagles Vs. Cowboys: Gold Stars And Demerits

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By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles season has become a broken magic eight ball; no matter how many times you shake it, you get the same result.

Another game, another loss, the Eagles’ eighth straight loss, Sunday night to the Cowboys.

Gold Star #1 – Bryce Brown

He fumbled again, but that wasn’t enough to walk away from the game with anything but hope that if this season has produced anything, it’s a second back. The NFL has become one of running back by committee, and with Bryce Brown and LeSean McCoy, it would seem as though the Eagles are on the verge of having a committee. The fumbles would drive us crazy if the game really mattered, but they don’t, so it didn’t.

Brown’s 169 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries look just as good this morning as they did last night.

Demerit #1 – Whomever Decided It Was Ok To Have Brent Celek Block Demarcus Ware

On the first play of the game no less!

Gold Star #2 – Nick Foles

For the first time in the regular season, Foles looked like a capable NFL quarterback. It’s probably no coincidence that the offensive line played the best they have in weeks, and the Eagles had a competent running game as well. Foles finished 22-34 for 251 and 1 touchdown.

Demerit #2 – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

I’m not sure if I’ve seen a cornerback try less in a game than Rodgers Cromartie did last night. I know it’s impossible to judge effort just by watching, but I can’t explain it any other way. He’s a free agent at the end of the season, and though he seemed at one time like a lock to be here next year, I’m not so sure.

DRC stands for “doesn’t really care.”

Gold Star #3 – Dez Bryant

I know these are supposed to be given out to Eagles players, but Bryant was incredible last night. He’s been on a roll that continued last night. It’s amazing that at one time, we believed the Eagles had two #1 wide receivers in Maclin and Jackson. When you see Austin and Bryant, you realize just how far away Maclin and Jackson are.

Demerit #3 – Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman

It’s worth mentioning that Jaiquawn Jarrett, a second round draft pick, wasn’t even able to make the team as a safety. How is this possible?

Honorable mention: Brandon Graham

Dishonorable mention: DRC again

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