Frigid temperatures at the Linc on Sunday were in the teens.
The Eagles' starting offense was colder. "The first game it's going to be a little bit of rust, as expected, but I felt like I did good", Jones said. That was also the last time Philadelphia was blanked. It's normal for players to have a mental struggle when they come back from an injury and Jones' psychological strength will be tested. With a 13-2 record, a division title, first round bye and home field advantage all locked up, the Eagles really have nothing to play for except their pride.
Eagles P Donnie Jones ran onto the field for a punt with his warmup trousers still on and had to rip them off before the snap. It was also the first time any game in the National Football League was scoreless at the break since the 2011 campaign. It was the first scoreless half in Philadelphia since 1993. He had three punts that pinned Dallas at its 12, 4 and 1-yard line. The Eagles lost, 6-0. That's all they needed. He had a passer rating of 9.3. The Eagles leading rusher was LeGarrette Blount, although he ran for only 37 yards. "You've seen it now two weeks in a row with all the quarterbacks".
Offensive dud Foles was pretty awful in his four first-quarter drives. It only got up to 17 degrees in Philly Sunday afternoon.
When doctors finally cleared Jones to resume football activities earlier this month, the Eagles welcomed him onto the practice field but did not immediately elevate him to the active roster.
You just never know, and even if those things don't happen, it's worth appreciating this team vastly overachieving what most thought they were capable of.
James Franklin hurting from punch to ribs from Penn State QB
Penn State scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter and completely shut down Washington until late in the opening frame. Washington, meanwhile, hardly got on track as Penn State's defensive line swarmed quarterback Jake Browning early and often.
Defensive dud Rasul Douglas didn't have a great game. Chris booted the ball eight times with four of those downed inside the 20-yard line. Jones ruptured his Achilles tendon before the draft. He showed he can play tight coverage at times. The rookie will get a chance to get some tackles and break some passes, but that's about it.
Jones left briefly in the third quarter after cramping and didn't return, although he was listed as probable to return. Douglas was beaten on the play.
The Cowboys drove 99 yards for the first score.
The Cowboys went on to total 301 yards of offense, which included 129 yards rushing and 172 through the air. Sudfeld then ran 22 yards on another third down and the crowd roared.
The Eagles should start fast in the first half, as their starters are more talented than what Dallas has to offer. Foles was hurried and threw an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Eagles: Graham (ankle) and Mills would've played if the game mattered. "Juice was going, good juices".