TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
Weather: High 69, Low 46
Line: Philadelphia (-2.5)
Chip Kelly has become the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and turned them into one of the most electric offenses in the NFL — if only it could get some help from the defense. Michael Vick suffered a tough hamstring injury a couple of weeks ago in a win against the New York Giants and backup quarterback Nick Foles took over and has led this team to the win against the Giants and another on in week six against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While this team will likely start Foles again this week, Vick will be fighting to earn his job back for week eight. It’s hard to sit a quarterback who has nearly 1,200 yards through the air and over 300 yards on the ground with seven total touchdowns in five games. DeSean Jackson will catch passes no matter who is throwing them as he has 34 catches for 589 yards and five touchdowns. The team’s second leading receiver is also the leading rusher in LeSean McCoy who has 630 yards rushing with three scores and 241 yards receiving.
On the other side of the field, the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to hop over the .500 mark on the season and improve for 4-3 with a win against the lowly Philadelphia defense. Tony Romo threw for over 500 yards just two weeks ago and will be looking for some of the same success against one of the worst secondaries in football. Romo has 1,693 yards and 14 touchdowns on the season, hitting his favorite target, Dez Bryant, 34 times for 459 yards and six touchdowns. Bryant isn’t the only player benefiting from Romo’s balanced passing attack. Jason Witten, the veteran tight end, has caught 31 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns. The run game won’t be the same without DeMarco Murray who had been dominant in recent games and has racked up 428 yards and three touchdowns. Murray has been ruled out for this game with a knee injury.
Defensively, the Eagles have the worst unit in the NFL — on paper. The Eagles rank last in the league in yards allowed per game with a gaudy 420 per contest. The main reason for the lack of success on the defensive side of the ball has been the horrid secondary that ranks second-to-last in the league. Dallas has given up the third-most yards per game in the league this season with an unimpressive 413 per game to go along with the third-worst secondary. This game will be a shootout.
PREDICTION: Cowboys 34, Eagles 37