Eagles vs. Cowboys: What Dallas Must Do to Defeat Philadelphia

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 1, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:   Dan Connor #52 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Even the Dallas Cowboys can't lose to the Philadelphia Eagles at home in Week 13, right?

Philadelphia—losers of seven straight contests—is playing like the worst team in the NFL. You would like to believe that even the Cowboys can't mess this one up.

Then again, it is the Cowboys.

Here is what Dallas must do to defeat Philadelphia:

 

Provide Pressure on Nick Foles

Sacks, pressure, quarterback hurries. Dallas needs to provide loads of pressure on Nick Foles because he is a capable NFL quarterback when he gets time to survey the field.

He hasn't received much help this season from his offensive line, and he's still a rookie, but he is capable.

Against Dallas in Week 10, Foles completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His ability to complete passes is there, but he needs time to pick out his receiver.

Dallas must apply pressure early and often to knock Foles off his rhythm.

 

No Turnovers

 Turnovers determine football games. As much as we hear this statement, it couldn't be any more true.

Tony Romo has 16 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions this season. Romo has thrown two or more interceptions three times this season and those three games ended in losses.

The Cowboys are 2-5 this season when Romo passes for at least one interception.

Against a lousy team like Philadelphia at home, the only way the Eagles stay in the game is if they can create turnovers defensively.

Aside from that, the Eagles don't stand much of a chance.

 

Rush the Football with Success

 Felix Jones led Dallas in carries on Thanksgiving against Washington with six measly carries.

The Cowboys could only muster 35 yards on 11 carries all game. Dallas' rushing attack was nonexistent in Week 12, and been its bugaboo all season long.

Dallas is last in the NFL in terms of rushing yards per game, averaging 78.7 yards per carry. Against the Eagles' mediocre rush defense, running the ball has to become a priority.

The lack of a run game has put more pressure on Romo to perform at a high level, and we all know he struggles to perform under pressure.

Running the ball will put less of a load on Romo which will result in a positive result for the Cowboys.

 

Prediction

Cowboys 24, Eagles 14.