Cowboys vs Eagles: NFC Game of the Week?
In week 7, the Cowboys and Eagles will face off for the first time this season in Philadelphia. The Cowboys took both matchups last season, 38-23 in Philadelphia and 38-33 in Dallas, so the Eagles are looking for some retribution.
Both teams have been around the middle of the pack in rushing defense this year. Dallas ranks 14th in rushing yards per game and Philadelphia ranks 16th, but their passing defenses have been absolutely atrocious. The Eagles are allowing 315 passing yards per game and the Cowboys are allowing 308. Only the Broncos have allowed more per game (mostly because teams have to play catch-up against them so frequently of course).
The status of Eagles QB Michael Vick in week 7 is pretty unclear, but whether he or 2nd year hurler Nick Foles take the field, they should be set for a big day. Foles played an impressive game against a solid - though slowly deteriorating - Tampa Bay defense in week 6. He completed 71% of his passes, throwing for 296 yards with 3 touchdowns and no picks. He also ran the ball in for a score to make for 4 total touchdowns on the day. So even if Vick is healthy, the Eagles are 2-0 with Foles at the helm, and he may be their answer next week.
The Cowboys will undoubtedly have their hands filled attempting to stop the elusive LeSean McCoy all game and with the ability of number one receiver DeSean Jackson to stretch the field, strong quarterback play will be one of the keys to a third straight victory for the Eagles.
Defensively, the Eagles will have to limit the big plays from Tony Romo and company. So far this year, big plays have been a trend against the Eagles defense. Just about every quarterback they’ve faced this year has had one of their biggest games on the season. Philip Rivers threw for 419 yards and 3 touchdowns, Peyton Manning put up 327 yards and 4 touchdowns, and even rookie Mike Glennon tossed for 273 touchdowns and 2 scores.
Romo is two games removed from a 506-yard performance, but his 170 yards against Washington in week 6 is further evidence of the QB’s inconsistent production. The team most likely will be without feature running back DeMarco Murray but with star receiver Dez Bryant and a talented supporting cast, the team could very well continue the trend of pouring on points against Philly.
After this coming matchup, the teams don’t meet again until week 17, a game that could end up deciding the division winner, but the first big step towards claiming that honor begins this weekend.