Cowboys vs. Eagles: Trent Cole's Return Will Aid Eagles' Defensive Woes

Mick AkersAnalyst IOctober 30, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after recording a sack against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles defeated the Rams 31-15. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
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After a season filled with defensive line troubles, and teams running all over the Philadelphia Eagles, the return of Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole will prove to be big for an Eagles team looking to get their season back in order on Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Cole will contain the Cowboys' running game, and will help keep emerging star DeMarco Murray at bay this week.

The Eagles are an astounding 12-0 after a bye under head coach Andy Reid, and with the defense getting a much needed boost along with the week off, it will prove to be the biggest story in a game that means so much to both teams.

Containing the running game will force Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to take the pressure of the game on his shoulders, something that he has had problems with so far this season.

Although the Eagles are among the bottom of the league when it comes to rush defense, they are among the best in their passing defense, which will make for a long day for Romo and the Cowboys.

Look for the star-studded Eagles secondary to step up in this game as well, helping contain the duel-threat of Dez Bryant and Miles Austin in the game.

With the defense holding their own, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick can concentrate on making big plays down the field, and him and star wideout DeSean Jackson are poised to have a big day against the Cowboys secondary.

The Cowboys have one of the leagues best rush defenses, so don't look for much out of Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, and Vick must stay in the pocket as long has he can.

Vick has proved to be far more effective in the pocket as opposed to when he scrambles around, and tries to do too much once he is out of the pocket, which sets up turnover opportunities for the Cowboys.