The Dallas Cowboys square off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a divisional game that takes on added meaning with first place on the line. The Cowboys may be at a serious disadvantage in terms of health this weekend. Cowboys star running back DeMarco Murray sprained his MCL and will be out of action on Sunday.
Star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware suffered a pulled quadriceps and will likely miss the first game of his nine-year career. It’s a remarkable feat to play that many games in a row in the sport of football but one that will almost certainly end on Sunday.
The loss of Murray will be a big one for the Cowboys offense. He has been running the ball effectively and keeping defenses honest which opened up passing lanes for Tony Romo and the passing game. With Murray out the Cowboys will be more one-dimensional. This will allow the Eagles to focus on the pass and their pass rushers can pin their ears back on Romo.
On defense Ware’s absence will be heavily felt. The Cowboys are already down their other best pass rusher for the season in Anthony Spencer. With Ware out a journeyman like George Selvie is going to have to be relied on to get pressure on quarterback Nick Foles.
If Foles is afforded time in the pocket he should be able to pick the Cowboys’ weak secondary apart. Regardless of injury, the Cowboys-Eagles rivalry is always a classic one. Whoever is left standing will be alone in first place in the NFC East near the season’s midway point.