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The Week 10 matchup against the Cowboys is crucial to the second half of the Eagles' season. This game will be the first of five divisional games they'll have in their final eight games. It's imperative that they don't get off to a poor start for the final stretch of the regular-season games. The final stretch will prove to be essential to their playoff hopes.
It's safe to say that these two teams know a thing or two about each other. In last year's meetings, the Eagles got the better of the Cowboys both times, including a 34-7 blowout in Week 8.
In that monster win, LeSean McCoy had a career night, rushing for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
In the previous two games, the Cowboys have only been able to muster 14 points total. What's significant about that statistic is that that was against a defense notorious for melting down in the fourth quarter.
Philadelphia's defense is significantly better than last year, but on the flip side, so is Dallas'. In the offseason, the Cowboys revamped their secondary, an area of their defense that was exploited last year.
Dallas has always done a decent job of getting pressure on Michael Vick, particularly DeMarcus Ware. And because of its new and improved secondary, Philly may have trouble moving the ball through the air. Therefore it'd make sense for LeSean McCoy to be the centerpiece of the offense.
On any given day, Dallas' offense can compete with anyone. It has talented receivers in Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, a future Hall of Fame tight end in Jason Witten and a capable quarterback in Tony Romo.
Despite beating the Cowboys twice last year, the Philadelphia defense must wipe the slate clean, and respect the potency of Dallas' offense. Not only will the secondary be challenged, but the front seven will be as well, thanks to DeMarco Murray.