The Philadelphia Eagles are going into a showdown for divisional leadership rights against the Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are (3-3) and whoever wins will take control of the NFC East by a game. Kickoff is at 1p.m. and the game will be televised on Fox.
For the Eagles, this game is an accurate evaluation of how far they’ve come and grown as a team. They are on a two-game winning streak, but both teams that they faced in weeks four and five were winless.
Another thing the teams have in common, besides their record, are critical injuries. The Philadelphia Eagles are without QB Michael Vick for another week and the Cowboys are without DE DeMarcus Ware. The Eagles can do well without Vick; they always have found a way to have impressive backup quarterbacks.
That backup, QB Nick Foles, did fairly well against the Bucs last week. Not good or great because he didn’t throw for 300 yards, but he did throw three touchdowns without an interception.
The pressure offensively will definitely not be solely on a backup quarterback, but also on LeSean McCoy. As long as he has another 100-yard rushing performance like he did against Tampa Bay (116 yards), they should win. This team definitely has to have a balance between a good passing and rushing game to allow their elusive offense to flourish.
Their defense is the same ole’ story. They need to put pressure on the quarterback, they need to stop the run game, they need to tackle. But this time it’s different, when facing Tony Romo, the Eagles face a quarterback who will always mess up. He’s going to throw an interception or two, under pressure. The Eagles need to make sure he’s facing one of these pressure situations in the 4th quarter.
Going back to week four when the Cowboys had a shootout against the Denver Broncos, the game depended on a game winning drive by Romo. And what did Romo do? What Romo does best: turned over the ball. The first thing he did was throw an interception. And not saying that Peyton Manning had a completely flawless game, he threw a pick too, but it was when he threw that interception that mattered. Peyton tossed his in the middle of the game, something a team can bounce back from, but Romo threw it at the least opportunistic time if you’re a Cowboys fan.
So yes, you can depend on Romo to mess up at least once during the duration of a football game. That’s just him. But that’s not going to win a game, because he can score points too.
The Eagles offense, led by Foles, can capitalize on his mistakes, but the defense has to create pressure or Romo won’t become nervous.
This game is ultimately a test for the Eagles as I said before, are they the real deal or did they just have a few givens in their schedule? Honestly, I think they’re going to win the NFC East…but you can see so for yourself on FOX.
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