On Sunday, the city of brotherly love celebrates a day that to them is a holiday; the Dallas Cowboys coming down to the Linc to play their beloved Eagles. This match up is made much more intense due to the fact that it's played on primetime TV and the winner will be at the top of the NFC East.
Thanksgiving bragging rights
For the second time in 17 days these two rivals face off, with the circumstances being much different than the first. For the first game Philly had to travel down to Arlington, Texas, to play on Thanksgiving. In that game, they were considered underdogs. On Sunday, Dallas will be the underdogs as a result of what happened down in Texas.
Thanksgiving was not a day for the Cowboys to remember. The Eagles exhausted and demoralized the Cowboys from kickoff, embarrassing them 33-10. LeSean McCoy thoroughly outplayed the league's leading rusher, Demarco Murray, and Mark Sanchez surprisingly did the same with Tony Romo.
As encouraging as that game was for the Eagles, this upcoming game is going to be different. Dallas has been waiting to get their revenge on the birds ever since the end of that Thanksgiving day game.
"The way that we've prepared, we're very confident and we can't wait until Sunday. I couldn't wait to get into meetings, to watch film and look at these guys again. I can't wait." Dez Bryant remarked immediately after his Cowboys Week 14 Thursday night victory against the Chicago Bears.
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He went on to say that it was nothing personal that he had against the Eagles, but that is hard to believe considering his comments after the Thanksgiving game.
"They were being kinda cheap, that's another story," Bryant said. "It is what it is, I'll get it cleaned up and I'll be fine." I'm really not mad at all," they beat us and I'm going to accept that, but I cannot wait to go up there and play again, cannot wait."
Philadelphia’s defense is ranked 26th in the NFL, but in reality this defense is better than the majority of defenses in the league, and Dallas will not be fooled by the numbers because they saw upfront how lethal the Eagles defense can be. Due to how fast Chip Kelley’s offense is run, Eagles defense is put on the field much more than other defenses, which is why their ranking is not as impressive. However, what is impressive is their pass rush, which is ranked second in the NFL for sacks.
Defensively, the Cowboys have played decent all year long, especially considering all the injuries they have had to endure. Dallas will have to contain McCoy and make Sanchez win the game, exactly the plan of Seattle in Week 14. As the Cowboys know, it is easier said than done as they allowed McCoy to gain 159 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Dallas also needs to force turnovers. The Eagles have turned the ball over in every game but one. McCoy has also fumbled in two consecutive games.
This game is going to be won upfront. Philly dominated Dallas on both sides of the line, as they sacked Romo four times and held Murry to 73 yards. Philadelphia rushed for over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Eagles have not beaten the Cowboys in Philadelphia in two years; not something Eagles fans find acceptable. Philly will not blow Dallas out again; it is going to be a close game that comes down to the end.
Eagles will come out of this game victorious by getting LeSean McCoy back on track and playing well enough defensively. Eagles 31 Cowboys 27.
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