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Cowboys v Eagles preview: Desperate for a win

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Today’s showdown between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field marks a battle of desperation. Two organizations who entered the season with high expectations now see their teams sitting at a disappointing 3-5, with already slim chances of contending for a playoff spot on the line this week.

Both Philadelphia and Dallas are teams more similar than we’d like to admit. Two squads filled with talent that can’t seem to put it all together on the field. Two quarterbacks in Mike Vick and Tony Romo plagued with turnover troubles whose fanbases are coming to the painful realization that they are not the ones who will lead them to the promised land of a Super Bowl ring. And growing calls for the end of the coaching tenures of Andy Reid and Jason Garrett. Continue reading ‘Cowboys v Eagles preview: Desperate for a win’

Morning Muse: Eying the Enemy – Here come the Cowboys

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The Cowboys and Eagles are two teams that have turned out to be big disappointments thus far this season. With both sitting at 3-5, Sunday’s game is seen as a “must-win” game for both organizations in order to have any sort of chance to make a run at the playoffs. Here’s a look at what’s being said about Dallas in advance of the game.

Mike Vick isn’t the only quarterback in this matchup suffering a slump and heavy criticism. Tony Romo is in the worst stretch of career, leading the NFL in interceptions and in what Dallas columnist Tim Cowlishaw calls a “year of regression”: Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Eying the Enemy – Here come the Cowboys’

Last Hurrah For The Eagles

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Let’s be honest. Of the two NFC East matchups that will take place on Sunday, the Redskins (5-10) v. Eagles (7-8) games is not the one that will garner the most attention. The Sunday Night game between the Cowboys and the Giants will determine who wins the NFC East. The Washington v. Philadelphia game represents the teams that didn’t play well enough throughout the season to have a hope at the title.

That said, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in to the Eagles’ final game of the 2011 season. First, the result of the game will determine whether the Eagles will end the year with a losing season or if they will wind up as a .500 team.

Second, two Eagles are chasing records in the final game of the season. Unfortunately, RB LeSean McCoy probably won’t gain on Maurice Jones-Drew to get the rushing title for the season–he would have to get 128 yards, and that would be before MJD even took to the field. Shady has said that he will play against the Redskins, but keep in mind the fact that he is listed as questionable for the game due to an ankle injury. [UPDATE: It was announced at around 11:30 on Sunday that McCoy will be inactive for today’s game. Cue sadness.]

DE Jason Babin has 18 sacks on the season, currently tired with DeMarcus Ware. Both Ware and Babin are a 1/2 sack behind league leader Jared Allen of the Vikings. Should Babin get 3 sacks on Sunday, he will tie the Eagles record held by the late, great Reggie White.

Also of note? Sunday may mark the last time that WR DeSean Jackson plays the game as an Eagle.

Philadelphia’s final game of the season will be an understated matter against a team that they should easily beat. But if they don’t, will it really matter?

If you can tear your eyes open from your New Year’s fun, tune in to the end of the season action at 1 pm on Fox.

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Showdown in Dallas: Eagles v. Cowboys Preview

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In a matter of hours, we’ll know if the Eagles playoff hopes are still alive.

You know the scenario all too well by now: The Jets MUST defeat the Giants at 1 pm on Saturday, and the Birds MUST defeat Dallas at 4:15. If those things happen, the final week of the season will determine who wins the NFC East and proceeds to the playoffs.

Many have said that the Eagles will know by kick off if the matchup with the Cowboys “means” anything. I am here to tell you that, regardless of what happens in the Jets-Giants game, an Eagles-Cowboys battle always means something. It’s the fiercest of divisional rivalries, and Philadelphia always plays to beat–nay, to humiliate–Dallas.

The Birds handed the Cowboys a resounding 34-7 defeat in their first meeting of the season. But that was then. The Eagles playoff hopes  and drive to avoid a losing season are what matter now.

The Eagles squad that has shown up the past two weeks–the improved play by Vick, the always amazing running plays of LeSean McCoy, and the efficient and effect defense– must appear once again in Dallas.

The Cowboys biggest threats? The Eagles D must contain the many weapons of the Cowboys on offense. Philadelphia gets a break (hopefully) with minimizing Dallas’ running game with RB DeMarco Murray being out and Felix Jones having hamstring issues. Tony Romo has only thrown 2 picks in the past 7 games, and he’s got Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten, and Miles Austin…

On Dallas’ defense, the Eagles offensive line has to handle DeMarcus Ware, who has 16 sacks so far this season.

Asante Samuel (hamstring) is out for the Birds so Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie needs to step up his game for the Eagles’ secondary.¬† DT Trevor Laws is questionable (knee).

While the Eagles will need some help from one Ryan brother (Rex) to defeat the other (Rob), the Cowboys control their fate in the NFC East. This is going to be an intense, hard fought, and close game. Regardless of what happens with the Eagles playoff hopes, let’s make things harder for the Cowboys by handing them a defeat on Christmas Eve.

It’s all any Eagles fan wants for Christmas.

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Eagles Whip Cowboys 34-7

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It's LeSean's world. We just live in it. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

To put it simply, Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys was glorious. It is a glimpse of the Eagles squad we all expected to see this season.

It was an end to the Eagles 5-game home losing streak and more importantly, the start of what looks to be something very special for Philadelphia if they can keep up what they put on display in Sunday Night Football. And there is every reason to believe that they can.

Head coach Andy Reid is now an astounding 13-0 after the bye. In one game, the Birds went from last to 2nd place in the Division. It’s a 3 way tie, but we’ll take it. It won’t be that way for long.

In one night, the Eagles went from being an amusement around the league based on their disappointing to being a real threat. You had better believe that the other teams in the NFC East are worried about facing the Eagles team that showed itself to the world last night. And they should be.

Demarco who? Witten–where? Continue reading ‘Eagles Whip Cowboys 34-7’