Nick Foles unable to ease concerns in postseason tune-up vs. Cowboys

Nick Foles unable to ease concerns in postseason tune-up vs. Cowboys

Nick Foles unable to ease concerns in postseason tune-up vs. Cowboys

Foles finished 4-of-11 for 39 yards (3.5 yards per attempt) with an interception as the Eagles were shut out 6-0 by the Cowboys.

The good news is that the Eagles' defense played well for most of the afternoon and the entire team escaped without any real injuries.

This scoring drought came despite the Eagles sitting six defensive starters and using mostly backups in the second half.

Offensive stud No, he wasn't great, but Nate Sudfeld made a few good plays, including a 22-yard scramble.

In order to advance in the playoffs, the Eagles will need to lean on their defense and ask their offense to play opportunistic ball while limiting turnovers. That was also the last time Philadelphia was blanked. So despite the fact that the team's Week 17 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys didn't mean anything in terms of the team's playoff standing - the Eagles, win or loss, had locked up a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs - Foles and a majority of the team's starters, well, started the game.

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Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones is seen in an Aug 17 game. He's the second player in the National Football League to do it this season, joining Matt Cassel. In order to make it where they want to go, Foles will have to look more like he did against the Giants than in the two weeks since.

Foles threw an on-target, third-down pass on the first drive of the game, but wide receiver Torrey Smith dropped it.

Defensive stud Vinny Curry was forced to play a lot on Sunday because Brandon Graham was out.

The 28-year-old had a disappointing season, catching just 36 passes for 314 yards and four touchdowns. He had a particularly bad series on the Cowboys' scoring drive early in the fourth quarter. But he came up just short of the 1,000-yard mark for the season, wrapping up with 983 yards for the year. The Eagles desperately need their other units to be firing on all cylinders to give themselves a chance to win in the playoffs, because the gap between hopeful MVP Carson Wentz and their current option is clear.

The Cowboys went on to total 301 yards of offense, which included 129 yards rushing and 172 through the air. The Eagles managed to cross midfield again one more time, reaching the Dallas 44, but on fourth-and-2, Sudfeld's pass fell incomplete.

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