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As they prepare to face off on Christmas Eve, both Dallas (8-6) and Philadelphia (6-8) are coming off of wins. The Cowboys currently hold a tenuous lead in the NFC East. But still, it’s enough to make the Crypt Keeper–err, Jerry Jones–nervous.
Why? Well, we may not like the man, but he does have a measure of common sense. He knows that all of the talk in the world can’t erase the fact that the Eagles humiliated his team by beating them 34 to 7 at the Linc in Week 8.
Jones told KRLD-FM
“It’s that kind of feeling. The respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there — so you can put that ‘scared’ there if you want to.
“I think sometimes I know I do my best when I’m scared.”
The Eagles have made Jerry Jones scared. Now isn’t that just music to my ears.
Much like the Eagles and all NFC East teams this season, Dallas has been inconsistent in its performance from week to week. A look at their results this season tell part of the story. Scraping by the Dolphins by one point in Week 12. Beaten by the Cardinals in Week 13. Losing a critical game to the Giants in Week 14. The Cowboys did win in Week 15, but it was to the Bucs. Not necessarily a telling–or inspiring– win for the team.
By contrast, it’s taking all damned season, but the Birds are finally playing some good football. They didn’t just beat the Jets–they beat the crap out of them. Now that was a win to build confidence. Sure, the Eagles will face the Cowboys at home, but Philadelphia has performed much beater on the road this season.
Philadelphia’s defense is fighting to prove that their performance the last two weeks isn’t a fluke, for pride, and to save the job of DC Juan Castillo.
The offense wants to help LeSean McCoy with his record season, to prove that they can keep putting up high numbers without making silly mistakes, and to help a now healthier Mike Vick finish the season strong.
And more than anything else, both sides for the Eagles want to show that their remaining games this season do mean something. That there is a chance to make it to the playoffs, no matter how remote. They have gotten themselves into this difficult position, but this Philadelphia team wants to show that they will fight to the finish.
So yes, Jerry Jones, you should be scared. Your Cowboys and the Eagles will be fighting for their very futures come Saturday. With Philadelphia finally showing some of what it is capable of doing, they will certainly be a formidable opponent. And with Dallas playing at home and having that slight lead in the NFC East, they have everything to lose.
Ah, Cowboys Week. All Eagles fans want for Christmas is a “W” on Christmas Eve.
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