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NFL Week 7 Preview: Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

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The Washington Redskins matched the Dallas Cowboys pretty well on both sides of the ball Sunday night, but Dallas emerged comfortably at 3-3 with timely turnovers and special teams contributions. Tony Romo and Co. battle the Philadelphia Eagles (3-3) for sole possession of first place in the NFC (L)East this Sunday. Whether Nick Foles or Michael Vick are under center for Philly remains in question.

NFL Week 7 Matchup: Cowboys at Eagles; 1 p.m. ET on FOX

Cowboys-Eagles Spread: Cowboys -1


Foles took the QB reins from the injured Vick and has since spearheaded two road victories for the Eagles. Vick’s hammy status remains doubtful heading toward Week 7 and this might be the best thing for the Eagles offense. Foles chucked his way to three scores and nearly 300 yards as the Eagles won 31-20 against a very stingy Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad. And having league rushing leader LeSean McCoy helps.

However, the defense made rookie Mike Glennon look dangerous at time.

Romo is probably licking his chops to see this Eagles defensive unit: Only the New York Giants have given up more points than Philly this year. The emergence of Terrance Williams and return of Miles Austin really gives this pass attack dynamism around Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.

If Dallas missed the playoffs this year, we could point to a rash of injuries that have hit the defensive line and even knocked DeMarcus Ware out of Sunday night’s win over Washington. DT Jason Hatcher‘s playing out of his mind but they’re counting on a lot of newcomers to the active roster.

Key Matchup: Brandon Carr vs. DeSean Jackson

Carr did a stellar job following the only dangerous Redskins receiver, Pierre Garcon, on Sunday night. Same (I imagine) goes here with D-Jax presenting the only major threat from the Eagles receiving corps, though Riley Cooper could change that tone with more performances like the one in Tampa.

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