PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Troy was fine, Deion was dancing and Michael scored a touchdown. Are the Dallas Cowboys back? It was hard to tell against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, but they looked much better.
Michael Irvin scored his first touchdown of the year, Troy Aikman proved he’s back from a broken collarbone and Deion Sanders ... well, they don’t call him Prime Time for nothing. The Cowboys routed the hapless Eagles 34-0 for Philadelphia’s worst start since 1975.
In his first start since missing five games with a broken collarbone, Aikman was 14-for-26 for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Sanders returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, and Irvin ended his seven-game TD drought with an 11-yard catch from Aikman in the first quarter.
And let’s not forget Emmitt Smith, who ran for 101 yards and a TD in his third 100-yard rushing game of the year and 52nd of his career.
The defense did its part as Dallas (5-3) recorded its first shutout ever against Philadelphia, a span of 78 games.
For the Eagles, this Monday Night Massacre was even worse than they had feared.
With the 38-0 loss to Seattle in the home opener, the Eagles (1-7) became the first team to lose two home shutouts by more than 30 points in the same season. It was the first time they’ve been shut out twice in a season since 1957, and the first time they’ve been shut out twice in a season at home since 1942.
The 34-point debacle was Philadelphia’s worst prime time defeat since a 42-3 loss to the Rams on Nov. 3, 1975. That was the infamous ``Dog Bone Game″ in which fans passed large bones around Veterans Stadium to signify that the Eagles were playing like dogs.
There was plenty if ugliness to go around on this night.