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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to run as DeMarcus Ware #94 the Dallas Cowboys is in pursuit during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2011

A critical showdown in the NFC East will come to us on Saturday when the Philadelphia Eagles travel to Texas to take on the Dallas Cowboys.

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

Watch: Fox

 

Listen: 94 WIP, Sirius: 92 in Philadelphia, KRLD-FM 105.3 in Dallas, streamed at nfl.com (not a free stream).

 

Betting Line

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

Scott Still of Pennlive.com spoke of the Eagles chances this season. If the Giants beat the Jets, the Eagles are done. 

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.


PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets is sacked by Jason Babin #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Im
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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.


Key Matchup

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. 

 


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