Here is a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from Sunday night's Eagles-Cowboys game:
What was that about two big blowouts in Dallas? The Eagles came out on their first drive and first play to send a message that this game would be different. Michael Vick hit DeSean Jackson for 60 yards on the Eagles' first play. They then pounded the ball in for a score on a drive that included an up-the-gut conversion on fourth down. The Eagles seemed to say, "We're not just sitting back." Jackson's 91-yard TD in the fourth quarter put an exclamation point on that thought.
Offensive linemen don't get many opportunities to spike a football after scoring a touchdown, but that's just what Todd Herremans got to do after he caught a 2-yard pass from Vick. It was the second touchdown catch of the guard's career. Herremans caught a 1-yard score from Donovan McNabb in November 2008 against Seattle.
Dimitri Patterson is a penalty-making machine. The Eagles cornerback was called first for a 15-yard face mask on third down that extended a Cowboys drive that resulted in a touchdown, and then he was whistled for illegal contact early in the second half. Despite not starting for most of the first half of the season, Patterson has a whopping eight total penalties.
The Eagles' league-worst red-zone defense got off to another bad start, allowing the Cowboys to score a touchdown on their first drive and answer the Eagles' opening score.
Orlando Scandrick got in on sacking Vick in the third quarter when he darted untouched from Vick's blindside and leveled the Eagles quarterback. The play resulted in a David Akers field goal. It was the fifth time in six tries to that point that the Eagles had failed to convert on third down.
How many more hits can Vick take? The Eagles quarterback was blindsided, pummeled and tossed like a ragdoll. And that was only in the first half. The most brutal hit was probably the first when DeMarcus Ware ran over fullback Owen Schmitt and decked Vick just as he was to throw. But the one that had Eagles coach Andy Reid go bonkers was when the quarterback scrambled for 6 yards before Anthony Spencer pushed him out of bounds - or while he was out of bounds, depending upon who's judging. Vick did draw a penalty, however, just before the half when Dallas defensive tackle Igor Olshansky was called for roughing the passer with what the officials considered a late hit.
On a second and goal, the Eagles went to Chad Hall on a short pass, and he attempted to power it inside. This just in: Hall is not a power runner. He was stuffed.