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Aggressive Cowboys Rout Eagles, 33-10

October 10, 2005|From Associated Press

So much for the Dallas Cowboys following their season-long script of playing conservatively and trying to win late. Coach Bill Parcells unleashed his team from the start, and they stomped the Philadelphia Eagles.

Drew Bledsoe led the Cowboys to two early touchdowns and scores on six of their first seven drives, and the defense shut down Donovan McNabb and the league's top offense in a stunning 33-10 victory Sunday at Irving, Texas.

"You play like that, you've got a chance to beat anybody," Parcells said.

Dallas (3-2) had lost nine of 10 to Philadelphia and spent the first month of this season using a ball-control approach, resulting in every game being decided in the final minutes. Parcells hinted to expect more of the same, and the Eagles apparently fell for it.

Fooling the defense with play action, Bledsoe connected with Terry Glenn for completions of 18, 16 and 15 yards within the game's first four snaps. The last one, followed by an extra point, put the Cowboys up, 7-0. Minutes later, Bledsoe and Glenn connected on a 39-yard touchdown that made it 14-0.

After not scoring a point in the first quarter all season, Dallas was up 17-0 before Philadelphia (3-2) even had a first down.

It was 27-3 at halftime and 30-3 after the Cowboys' first drive of the third quarter, making for the kind of one-sided game typical of this series the last five years, except with the twist of Dallas sticking it to Philadelphia.

"What happened in years past doesn't matter," McNabb said. "This is a much better Dallas team. But we feel like we're still the best team in the NFC. We weren't able to get things going. We have to learn from it and move on."

Bledsoe completed 24 of 35 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

Glenn had seven catches for 118 yards. Julius Jones ran for 72 yards but didn't play in the second half because of an ankle injury. Rookie Tyson Thompson gained 75 yards in his place.

Carolina 24, Arizona 20 -- Jake Delhomme threw two touchdown passes to Steve Smith, one for 65 yards in the first half and a four-yarder with 6:54 to go to give the Panthers a 24-20 come-from-behind victory at Tempe, Ariz.

Delhomme completed 18 of 29 passes for 243 yards and two scores. He had one pass intercepted.

Arizona, leading 20-10 after three quarters, had the ball twice after Carolina's go-ahead score.

The Cardinals drove to the Panther 33, but Marlon McCree intercepted Josh McCown's pass in the end zone for the second time in the game. The Cardinals' last shot ended when McCown scrambled on fourth and 10 but came up inches short at the Panther 49.

McCown completed 29 of 46 passes for 394 yards. He threw for two touchdowns but had three passes intercepted.

Seattle 37, St. Louis 31 -- Joe Jurevicius had a career-best nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown, and Shaun Alexander ran for a pair of scores at St. Louis. Seattle ended a four-game losing streak against the Rams that included a first-round playoff loss last season.

Steven Jackson had 79 yards rushing and a touchdown and 62 yards receiving for the Rams, who couldn't keep pace because of a porous defense that has surrendered 81 points the last two games. Chris Johnson returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a Ram touchdown, the team's first runback in five seasons, but it was all downhill from there for St. Louis.

The Seahawks had 433 yards in total offense to hand the Rams a rare home loss. St. Louis is 40-10 at home since 1999, the best in the NFL.

Green Bay 52, New Orleans 3 -- Brett Favre completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in three quarters at Green Bay, Wis.

After going three and out and giving up a field goal, Green Bay (1-4) scored 52 unanswered points in ending a four-game losing streak at Lambeau Field that dated to Dec. 12. Their 35-point first-half outburst was their biggest one-half output since Dec. 6, 1992, against Detroit.

Green Bay backup running back Najeh Davenport scored twice before leaving because of an ankle injury.

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