Cowboys-Eagles: Tongue Lashings Begin As Teams Prepare for Monday Night

Patrick WallCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2008

The war of words has already started for the marquee matchup of Week Two, as the Dallas Cowboys take on their bitter NFC East rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Not surprisingly, Adam "Don’t call me Pacman" Jones started the controversy Monday by downplaying the Eagles' offensive stats from Week One against the Rams. "They played the Rams, dude." Jones told reporters.

Philadelphia had a field day on Sunday against said St. Louis Rams, with a 38-3 spanking as the end result. Quarterback Donovan McNabb went 21-for-33 and threw for 361 yards and three scores.

Although both starting wide receivers Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis were out with injuries, three wideouts racked up over 100 receiving yards. Superstar running-back Brian Westbrook amassed 91 yards on the ground and scored both a rushing and receiving touchdown.

The Eagles, particularly McNabb, are being careful not to continue the smack talk. Last year, McNabb said that he felt like the road to the division title still went through Philadelphia. That week, the Cowboys embarrassed the Eagles at home, 38-17, and eventually won the NFC East for the first time since the Troy Aikman era.

This time, McNabb chose his words more carefully. "We're looking forward to it, but we won't look at it as a test to see where we're at," McNabb said. "At this particular time of the season, it's important that you try to master the fundamentals, to make sure the chemistry is where it's supposed to be."

Meanwhile, the Dallas Cowboys are coming into the Monday night game with many pundits calling them the best team in the NFL. They easily disposed of Cleveland on Sunday, winning 28-10 over a lackluster Browns team.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was impressive Sunday, as he went 24-for-32, throwing for 320 yards and a touchdown.

Romo understands the hype surrounding the game but is keeping it in perspective. "For me, I just don’t think of [playing the Eagles] any differently." Romo said Wednesday. "It's just another game."

For the Eagles, shutting down the high-powered Cowboys offense is going to be a challenge. Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is one of the best in the league at creating pressure on the quarterback, and this game should be no different.

Romo understands that the Eagles' defense is going to bring pressure. "They're a very disciplined chaos; they're very well coached."

Meanwhile, the Eagles may have their hands full with a Cowboys offense that features superstars Tony Romo and former Eagles receiver Terrell Owens.

"He's a pretty good player. If he's not the best, he's one of the best at his position, and when it's all said and done, that'll be how it is for, I think, history." Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid said of Owens. "He'll go down as one of the great wide receivers in this league, so you have to bring your 'A' game when you're playing against him."

This game expects to be a high-scoring contest against two teams that should make strong playoff pushes this season. Many in the sports world believe that the Cowboys will make it to the Super Bowl this year, but they are not the only ones enjoying good press. Sports Illustrated picked the Eagles to make it to the Super Bowl.

Over the last 10 games, the Eagles hold a narrow 6-4 lead in the series against the Cowboys.

Last season the two teams split the series, each team winning on the road.

The last time the teams met, Brian Westbrook sealed the Eagles' victory by forgoing a touchdown and taking a knee at the one-yard line, preserving a 10-6 victory in Dallas.