The Cowboys enter the game at 8-6, the only team in the division with a winning record. The Giants are a game behind Dallas, while Philadelphia is two games back.
This will be a rematch of a Week 8 matchup. The Eagles won that game, 34-7.
Where: Cowboys Stadium. Arlington, Texas.
When: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 4:15 p.m. EST
Listen: 94 WIP, Sirius: 92 in Philadelphia, KRLD-FM 105.3 in Dallas, streamed at nfl.com (not a free stream).
Cowboys (-2), according to Footballlocks.
Each of these teams has found creative ways to lose all season. While the Eagles did beat the Cowboys earlier in the season, I like the home team in this one.
What's at Stake?
The Eagles need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive. A win would still leave them a game back of the Cowboys, but the Eagles would possess the tiebreaker.
If the Giants win earlier in the day, the Eagles are done. That would mean that the best case scenario for Philadelphia would have them one game back of both Dallas and New York headed into Week 17. As the two teams play each other in Week 17, Philadelphia would have no chance to pick up a game on both.
This game is just as desperate for the Cowboys. If they win and the Giants lose, the NFC East belongs to Dallas. A loss would put them at best one game up on the Giants. They play in the season's final week. It would also bring the Eagles into play.
Eagles Injury Report
DE Daryl Tapp is questionable.
CB Asante Samuel and WR DeSean Jackson are probable.
Cowboys Injury Report
DT Josh Brent, T Tyron Smith, LB Demarcus Ware and DT Jeremiah Ratliff are questionable.
Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper
Start 'Em: LeSean McCoy. He's been the best back in football this season. This is probably your final week of fantasy, so start McCoy and let him do damage.
Sit 'Em: DeSean Jackson. First of all, he's questionable to even play. Second, he just hasn't been that good this season. Receiver is too deep of a position to play such an unreliable player.
Sleeper: Keep an eye on Sammy Morris this week. He had 53 yards rushing a week ago, Felix Jones is a little banged up, and the Eagles defense is not hard to run against.
What They're Saying
Let's just hope it matters. This has a chance to be one of the most improbable comeback stories of all time. A team that starts off the season with visions of a Super Bowl limps to a 4-8 start, then wins their last four games to claim a division title. To do that, the Eagles would need to first establish a three-game winning streak, something they have yet to do this season.
With it being the Christmas season and all, Philly fans should do their best to establish a different favorite four-letter word, even if only for one day:
J-E-T-S JETS! JETS!! JETS!!!
Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas quoted Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' radio interview with KRLD-FM in Dallas where Jones said that he was afraid of the Eagles.
Because it is the Eagles and after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I'm scared. It's that kind of feeling. The respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there, so you can put that scared there if you want to. I think sometimes I know I do my best when I'm scared.
Eagles Player to Watch
Jason Babin. He'll need to put constant pressure on Tony Romo, forcing early passes. That's the Eagles' best chance in this one.
Cowboys Player to Watch
Tony Romo. The Cowboys can beat anyone if he doesn't turn it over. If he does, they're in serious trouble.
Eagles defensive front vs. the Cowboys offensive line.
The Cowboys line has struggled to defend opposing fronts all year. The Eagles pass rush is strong.
On the Hotseat
While it's not entirely fair, it's hard to imagine Andy Reid's job being safe if this team misses the playoffs.
Also, if the Cowboys don't win the NFC East in a year like this one, Jason Garrett's job will be at best on edge heading into 2012.
Prediction: Cowboys 24, Eagles 20
Ultimately, the Cowboys are playing for a little more here. The Eagles have serious consistency issues, and that will show up again this week.