It’s Dallas week! That alone should get Eagles fans pumped up for Saturday’s game. To add fuel to that fire, this game has serious playoff implications for the Eagles. At kickoff, we will know whether or not the Eagles are still alive for the NFC East crown. The Jets must beat the Giants at 1pm, or the Eagles game will mean absolutely nothing. Philly fans, wear your green all day on Christmas Eve.
Eagles Offense vs. Cowboys Defense:
For the Eagles to win this game, they must cut back on the turnovers. Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, and Dion Lewis, hold that ball tight!
The Eagles offense has absolutely hammered the Ryan brothers’ vaunted defenses this year, averaging 37 points per game. I expect this game to be more challenging because this is Rob Ryan’s second shot at the Eagles offense this season. Last time, the Cowboys defense played back, taking away the deep threat. That opened the flood gates for LeSean McCoy. This time, the Cowboys will have to
decide whether to play the run or to watch the deep threat. You can’t do both.
My guess will be that the Cowboys will be playing to stop the run. Hopefully this will open the flood gates for DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. If it does, watch out, the Eagles will put up points in bunches.
Eagles Defense vs. Cowboys Offense
The young defense has shown growth over the past two weeks. This week, however, will be tougher. Not only will the defense be trying to stop a balanced Cowboy attack, they will also be battling a hostile environment down in Dallas.
As always, watch out for tight end Jason Witten, who has plowed over the Eagles in previous seasons. This will be a big test for the Eagles young linebackers.
Tailback Felix Jones did not practice Thursday and remains questionable for Saturday’s game. He will be a game time decision. If Jones can’t go, look for the Cowboys to rely heavily on receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
If Felix Jones can play, I feel that the balanced Cowboys attack, aided by the crowd, will be too much for the Eagles defense to overcome.
Historically, Andy Reid coached teams have thrived in games like this. If the Eagles are still alive at kickoff, I expect the team to be fully focused and ready to play.
I am going to abstain from a prediction because the way the Eagles play will depend on whether the Jets beat the Giants or not.