NFL Picks and Predictions Week Ten: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

By Mark Donatiello
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The Dallas Cowboys are off to a turbulent start.  America’s Team has fallen to 3-5 and the fate of their season may hang in the balance in Week Ten as they visit the Philadelphia Eagles.  An inability to finish close games resulted in heartbreaking losses to the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and New York Giants as the Dallas Cowboys have suddenly lost four of their last five.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys face an opponent whose struggles mirror their own.  Whether for the intensity of the rivalry, the dynamic talent of both rosters, or the simple joy of watching this train fly off the tracks, Sunday’s Week Ten matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles is sure to be worth watching.

The Philadelphia Eagles offense, though talented, has been derailed by turnovers this year.  Quarterback Michael Vick has fumbled the ball 10 times (losing five) and thrown ten interceptions.  In the face of constant pressure under a makeshift offensive line, Vick has been sacked 27 times.  Considering the incomparable mobility of the Eagles’ starting quarterback, Vick is simply being hit too frequently.  Given their struggles with protection, how will the Philadelphia Eagles possibly deal with DeMarcus Ware?  The Dallas Cowboys defense has been consistent this season, allowing the fifth fewest yards in the NFL, and the Eagles have their work cut out for them.

On the other side of the ball, the Philadelphia Eagles have not fared much better.  After firing an offensive line coach from the defensive coordinator position, the Eagles have still allowed an average of 28 points per game over their last three games.  If the Dallas Cowboys can make plays, they’ll control the game against an ineffective Eagles defense.  Unfortunately, the Cowboys offense has been far from efficient this season.

Tony Romo has turned the ball over nearly as often as Vick.  The Dallas Cowboys rushing attack has struggled without DeMarco Murray, which has led to coach Jason Garret’s play-calling to come under fire in a pass-happy attack.  The Cowboys are among the top ten NFL offenses in yards per game and top five in passing yards per game, but fail to finish their drives with points.  Dropped balls, bad routes, a porous offensive line, turnovers, and an imbalanced scheme have the Cowboys offense ranked 26th in points per game.

Both teams have been involved in close games all season, but neither has been able to find ways to win.  This game will likely come down to a few key plays.  There is sure to be a playoff atmosphere in Philadelphia, which might give the Eagles enough of an edge to squeak out a victory.  Still, I think the Dallas Cowboys are the better team.  Anchored by a legitimate defense, the Cowboys have the stability to win a game marked by its volatility.

Dallas Cowboys 31 – Philadelphia Eagles 21

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