I don't expect this Week 8 matchup to be any different, especially with so much on the line for both teams.
Simply but, both teams have underachieved in 2011 and have been more than disappointing.
The Cowboys are 3-3 and have arguably given given away all three of their losses. Tony Romo has been one of the most frustrating quarterbacks in the league and naturally his team has followed suit.
The Eagles on the other hand, were deemed to be the dream team coming into the 2011 season. They had signed the biggest free agent on the market in Nnamdi Asomugha and had brought in a ton of talent to put around super-athlete Michael Vick.
Vick has been hurt more times than not and has led the Eagles to a disappointing 2-4 record.
Thankfully somebody has to win this game, even though I'm sure both teams will try to give it away.
Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
When: Sunday Oct. 30. 8:20 p.m. EST
Listen: 105.3 The Fan Dallas; 94WIP, Sirius 93 Philadelphia
Stream: NFL.com packages
Betting Line (Bodog.com): Philadelphia Eagles -3 1/2
What's At Stake
Both of these teams are having very disappointing years. A loss to a big rival would just be adding insult to injury at this point.
Cowboys Injury Report
Probable: Kicker David Buehler (right groin), safety Barry Church (shoulder) and quarterback Tony Romo (ribs).
Questionable: Running back Tashard Choice (shoulder) and defensive end Jason Hatcher (calf).
Doubtful: Running back Felix Jones (ankle).
Eagles Injury Report
Probable: Safety Nate Allen (knee), defensive end Trent Cole (calf), defensive end Jaqua Parker (ankle) and defensive end Darryl Tapp (pectoral).
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Start: I expect Michael Vick to pull out of his mini-slump in this game. Big numbers through the air and on the ground.
Sit: Trusting Tony Romo just may get you three or four interceptions on the board any given week.
Sleeper: Which Dez Bryant is going to show up to play in this big game?
What They're Saying
Clarence Hill of SportingNews writes about Dallas rookie running back DeMarco Murray and how the Eagles should figure him into their gameplan. He hasn't been named the starter, but he is coming a team record 253 yard game.
Cornerback Asante Samuel had apparently gone on the radio and ripped the Eagles front office as well as talked very openly about the Eagles wanting to deal him, which obviously didn't sit well.
Philly.com is reporting that coach Andy Ried and Samuel have agreed to make no further comments on the issue.
Cowboys Player to Watch
If DeMarco Murray is getting the ball in this game, I think the Cowboys have a good shot at winning. The Eagles absolutely cannot stop the run, so Dallas needs to play to their weakness and shove it down their throats.
Eagles Player to Watch
Everything starts and ends with Michael Vick for the Eagles. He has the potential to beat Dallas single-handedly, but he needs to stay healthy and stay upright. A lot of that falls on his offensive line, but he can be a lot better of a quarterback.
If the Eagles defense puts pressure on Tony Romo they can undoubtedly force him into a mistake. He's been dealing with hurt ribs all year and has shown a significant disposition to giving the ball away.
On the Hot Seat
As the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo will always be on the hot seat, especially when he throws games away.
Michael Vick needs a coming out party in 2011, and I think this game will be it.