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STICKING TO A FAMILIAR PLAN

The Birds stayed close to their run-pass ratio in the win over Dallas. So, too, did Brian Westbrook continue to handle the ball with amazing frequency. Despite missing a game, he has 341 total touches, a career high. He also has taken almost 68 percent of the carries (254 of 374) and 30.7 percent of the receptions (83 of 270).

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Yesterday

Runs: 27

37.5%

Passes: 41

56.9%

Sacks: 4

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This season

Runs: 374

40.8%

Passes: 501

54.6%

Sacks: 42

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ONE STREAK KICKS THE BUCKET

David Akers had been perfect in Dallas through his career, until yesterday. Here's a look at his seven appearances there since 2000; an injured hamstring kept him out of the game in 2005.

Date FGM-FGA Long XP-XPA

9/3/00 2-2 37 5-5

11/18/01 5-5 46 3-3

12/21/02 2-2 39 3-3

10/12/03 0-0 - 3-3

11/14/04 0-0 - 7-7

12/25/06 3-3 45 2-2

12/16/07 1-2 21 1-1

Totals 13-14 46 24-24

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GOOD SHEPPARD VS. THE COWBOYS

With his interception yesterday, Lito Sheppard now has six of his career 17 interceptions against the Cowboys. The Eagles are 5-0 against the Cowboys in games he's had a pick. A closer look.

Date Int. Ret. Yds. TD Score Cowboy QB

11/15/04 1 101 1 49-21 Vinnie Testaverde

12/19/04 1 7 0 12-7 Testaverde

10/08/06 2 102 1 38-24 Drew Bledsoe

12/25/06 1 1 0 23-7 Tony Romo

12/16/07 1 16 0 10-6 Tony Romo

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FIVE MORE NUMBERS

3 INTs for Eagles, the first time they've done that since Oct. 8, 2006. That was also against the Cowboys and QB Drew Bledsoe.

4 Games this season the Eagles' defense hasn't allowed a TD (at Packers, at Jets, vs. Dolphins, at Cowboys) and another four games that unit has allowed only one touchdown.

5 Receptions for 58 yards and no touchdowns for Terrell Owens the past 2 weeks. Think he'll have something to say this week? They'll travel next to meet Carolina, which held Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck to one score yesterday.

36 Sacks now by the Birds, four short of last year's total. Trent Cole has 12 1/2, the most since Hugh Douglas finished with the same total in 2002. Douglas owns the single-season mark for sacks during the Andy Reid era: 15 in 2000.

64 Receptions for 970 yards for Kevin Curtis. It's the second most catches for an Eagles WR in the Andy Reid era, below only T.O.'s 77 catches in 2004. Owens averaged 15.6 yards per catch that season. Custis is averaging 15.1

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NO. 5 LOOKING RUNNERISH

It looked like the Donovan McNabb of old yesterday, scampering for 28 yards late in the second quarter. He's only had one run longer than that since 2004, a 37-yard jaunt against the Buccaneers last year. McNabb has been running more lately. In the first eight games he played this season, he rushed 21 times for 70 yards, a 3.3 average. In the last four games, he has rushed 22 times for 129 yards, for a 5.9 average.

Foe Att-Yds. Long

at Packers 4-9 4

Redskins 2-15 11

Lions 3-7 6

at Giants 4-4 2

at Jets 2-3 4

Bears 2-18 9

at Vikings 3-13 6

Cowboys 1-1 1

at Redskins 7-37 16

Dolphins 2-28 26

Giants 4-11 5

at Cowboys 9-53 28

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A WINNING BOTTOM LINE

The 315 net yards gained by the Eagles were the fewest they've gained in a win this season. The breakdown:

1, vs. Lions: 536

2, at Jets: 413

3, at Vikings: 385

4, at Redskins: 379

5, vs. Dolphins: 352

6, at Cowboys: 315

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RARE MINUS IN DIVISION

Andy Reid salvaged an NFC East victory yesterday, but the Birds still had a losing record in the division for only the third time in nine seasons.

Year W-L Beat

1999 2-6 Cowboys, Redskins

2000 5-3 Cowboys (2), Cardinals (2), Redskins

2001 6-2 Cowboys (2), Giants (2), Redskins, Cardinals

2002 5-1 Cowboys (2), Redskins (2), Giants

2003 5-1 Redskins (2), Giants (2), Cowboys

2004 6-0 Giants (2), Cowboys (2), Redskins (2)

2005 0-6 -

2006 5-1 Cowboys (2), Redskins (2), Giants

2007 2-4 Redskins, Cowboys

Totals 36-24 Cowboys (13-5), Giants (8-10), Redskins (12-6), Cardinals (3-3)

- Compiled by Bob Cooney and Paul Vigna