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Eagles vs. Cowboys NFL Week 13 Preview

Howard Smith-US Presswire

There will be one obvious, glaring difference this Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles (3-8) take on the Dallas Cowboys (5-6) for the second time in four weeks.

Eagles’ QB Michael Vick will not be on the gridiron.

In Week 10, Cowboys’ LB Ernie Sims knocked Vick out of the contest in the second quarter, making way for Eagles’ rookie QB Nick Foles to get his chance at stardom. ‘Chance’ is the key word here, as Foles has showed nothing but disappointing play in his two and a half games as Eagles’ QB. Vick will not take the field once again, because he failed his “imPACT” concussion tests this week.

Not only will the Cowboys be facing a cupcake-quarterback in Foles, but Eagles’ stud RB LeSean McCoy will be sidelined as well. McCoy suffered a concussion in Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, just a week after Vick went down with the same injury.

Ironically, Eagles’ rookie RB Bryce Brown played phenomenally in his first NFL start last Monday night against the Carolina Panthers, which was actually his first start in any football game since high school.

Even though Brown did lose two fumbles due to his rookie jitters, the backup ran for 178 yards on 19 carries, while also tacking on two touchdowns.

There is a great chance that Brown will see success again this Sunday night, as the Cowboys’ rushing defense has been more than lackluster as of late. While the unit was able to hold down McCoy in Week 10, allowing him to run for just 82 yards, they have allowed seven rushing touchdowns in the last seven weeks.

In the Eagles’ passing game, Foles will be looking over his shoulder on every snap in an attempt to catch a glimpse of Cowboys’ monster DE/LB DeMarcus Ware rumbling his way. Not only is Ware an absolute beast in the pass rush, with 10 sacks already this season, but the Eagles also tote one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.

Expect Foles to be laid out on the canvas for much of the evening.

When it comes to the Cowboys’ offense, the unit could be in for a treat on Sunday night as starting RB DeMarco Murray could possibly return to game action for the first time since Week 6. Backup RB Felix Jones has been decent, but unimpressive, while he has failed to eclipse 100 rushing yards in any game while filling in for Murray. He has also topped 50 rushing yards just twice in those 7 games.

Cowboys’ WR Dez Bryant has seen basically all of the success in the team’s receiving corps, as WR Miles Austin has had a very disappointing year after showing great promise in recent seasons.

I look for Bryant and Cowboys’ QB Tony Romo to have their way with CB Nnamdi Asomugha, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and the rest of the Eagles’ secondary, as the defensive unit has been very generous to nearly every quarterback this season.

Bryant has gone off for a gargantuan 145 receiving yards in consecutive weeks, with three total touchdowns in those match-ups. Even if Bryant comes down to earth a bit in Arlington on Sunday night, he should still put up a very productive performance.

The key to this game will be how well the Eagles’ defense can contain Romo, Bryant and possibly Murray, while the Cowboys will be looking to take both games in this NFC East rivalry. Considering Foles will only generate a minimal amount of points for the Eagles, their struggling defensive unit will be their only hope.

But at this point, there is little to no hope for the birds.

I look for the Eagles to lose their 8th straight contest, falling to the Cowboys with a score of 26-16.

 

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