Cowboys try to clean up penalties


IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys were flagged for a season-high 12 penalties for 75 yards in their 17-3 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Of the penalties -- three came on special teams -- one flag on Brandon Carr upset coach Jason Garrett who didn't believe the corner was holding on a punt return.

It's the second time this season the Cowboys were flagged for holding on special teams. Team officials asked the league to review a holding call on special teams this season.

Overall, the Cowboys saw starting right tackle Doug Free flagged for three false starts, left guard Ronald Leary penalized twice and new call-up, defensive end Jason Vega was called twice for being offside, among some of the highlights.

"We just weren't as clean as we needed to be, really on both sides of the ball," coach Jason Garrett said. "Before the snap, we had four false starts on offense and some of them had to do with being in the shotgun and noise and all that. We just didn't handle that as well as we needed too. They got us on some hard counts on defense. One of them happened on an interception that we had in the ballgame, those are significant plays we got to do a better job of cleaning that stuff up."

In 2012, the Cowboys had four games where they were penalized at least 13 times.