The Philadelphia Eagles are preparing to take on the Dallas Cowboys in a Thanksgiving game that will go a long way to deciding the race for the NFC East title.
With the divisional rivalry between the two franchises having taken on an extra edge in the run up to Thursday's match up it hasn't taken long for shots to be fired, with Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Bennie Logan stoking the fire this week.
Fielding questions on the much-hyped Cowboys offensive line (a key factor behind DeMarco Murray's 1,354 rushing yards this season), Logan left no-one under the illusion that he has been impressed with what his rival's have offered this season.
"Are we looking forward to it? It's not a challenge for us or anything. It's just the next game."
Less than impressed
"To be honest with you, (I'm) tired of hearing about it," the former LSU star told Philadelphia Magazine this week.
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And Logan wasn't holding back, the second-year player refusing to buy into the hype surrounding Dallas.
"Their O-Line, the only thing they did was add one guy (first-rounder Zack Martin)...So it's not like this year they're so special. They've got to line up and play us.
"Are we looking forward to it? It's not a challenge for us or anything. It's just the next game. And it's on Thanksgiving Day."
Logan's comments are the type of thing coaches usually like to use to motivate their own players, sticking antagonizing articles to locker room walls in the run up to game time.
But it looks like the Cowboys are doing their best to avoid getting involved in any pre-game confrontations, their players this week refusing to be drawn on Logan's remarks when speaking to the media.
"It is what it is. I'm not worried about it," said Dallas center Travis Frederick. "I get motivated for every game. It doesn’t really matter what the opponent is saying.”
“You know I’m not a really big bulletin-board guy,” he continued.
“To me, if you can’t get motivated for a game, this is your job, this is what you do, and this is what I love so I’m motivated to play.”
Whether the rest of the Cowboys' O-Line will be so willing to let their Eagles counterpart's comments slide remains to be seen. But one thing is for certain, Logan and Philadelphia will have to be at their very best to limit Dallas' production if they want to come out on top this Thanksgiving.
What do you think Eagles and Cowboys fans, who is feeling more confident ahead of the crunch game? Who will come out on top? Let us know in the comments section below...
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