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

Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles left hands off to Jay Ajayi during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Monday Dec. 25 2017 in Philadelphia

After Donnie Jones unleashed what may be the punt of the season, dropping a ball out of bounds at the Dallas one-yard line, I was openly pining for a punting competition to replace the rest of the game.

It is hard to be too critical of the Eagles offense when so many key players were given the day off or taken out early to prepare for the playoffs.

Neither team was able to get past the 30-yard line of their opponent until the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, shortly followed by the first score of the game.

Offensive dud Foles was pretty bad in his four first-quarter drives.

The last time Beasley caught a touchdown pass was during a win over the Kansas City Chiefs back on November 5, when he snared two balls in the end zone.

The first half came and went without either team scoring, marking the first time in the Cowboys and Eagles long history that the two failed to put points on the board through the initial two quarters.

Despite having already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Cowboys still finished with a winning record at 9-7. They included right tackle Lane Johnson, right guard Brandon Brooks and center Jason Kelce, who was replaced by Isaac Seumalo, a second-year lineman who had played guard or tackle in his previous National Football League games. The highlight of the first half was when punter Donnie Jones forgot to take off his warmup trousers and had to do it in a hurry before booting a ball to the Dallas 4-yard line. This is the first time the Eagles have been shut out at home since 2005, and thankfully, it came in a game that does not matter.

He became the first Eagles quarterback to have a passer rating under 10 with at least 10 passing attempts in a game since Donovan McNabb in 2007. 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.

Defensive stud Vinny Curry was forced to play a lot on Sunday because Brandon Graham was out. He then posted similar numbers in 2014, hauling in 37 receptions for 420 yards and four scores. The Eagles got their first third-down conversion midway through the third quarter. Then Donnie Jones drilled a flawless punt that went out inside the Cowboys' 1-yard line. The fourth-down pass fell incomplete. The offense went three-and-out on the first unit's fourth and final series.

Up next It's playoff time at the Linc in two weeks.

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