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Cowboys open up, take apart Eagles

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005


IRVING, Texas - So much for the Cowboys following their seasonlong script of playing conservatively and trying to win late. Coach Bill Parcells unleashed his team from the start and it stomped the Philadelphia Eagles.

Drew Bledsoe led suddenly risky Dallas to two early touchdowns and scores on six of its first seven drives, and the defense shut down Donovan McNabb and the league's top offense.

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

Sucking in the defense with play action, Bledsoe hit Terry Glenn for completions of 18, 16 and 15 yards in the game's first four snaps. The last one put the Cowboys up 7-0. Minutes later, Bledsoe and Glenn connected on a 38-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 even had a first down.

It wasn't all sweet for Dallas.

Bledsoe and ex-Buc Keyshawn Johnson engaged in a heated sideline exchange in the third quarter.

Johnson fumbled after a pass completion and Sheldon Brown returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. Bledsoe confronted Johnson, who yelled back at his quarterback. Both players later said there were no hard feelings.

"It's not a Drew vs. Keyshawn, Keyshawn don't like Drew ... it's none of that," Johnson said.