Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles go back home to Lincoln Financial Field for a clash with the hated Dallas Cowboys in a game where first place in the NFC East is on the line. It’s certainly an exciting time for the Eagles and their fans in an otherwise dreary Philadelphia sports scene at the moment.
Kelly has had his ups and downs in his first year as the Eagles head coach, but the fact that he has this team at 3-3 one win shy of their win total from all of last season is impressive. They are also tied for first place in a division where it now looks like a two team race between the Cowboys and Eagles.
Sunday’s game is a big one. The Cowboys are coming in dinged up on offense and defense with both starting running back DeMarco Murray and star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware likely out. At quarterback with Michael Vick still nursing his hamstring injury it will be Nick Foles starting once again for the Eagles.
Eagles fans certainly won’t mind that. Foles is fresh off winning NFC player of the week honors after torching a solid defensive team. The Cowboys defense? Well, not so solid. Their secondary and specifically their safety play is suspect at best, and without Ware the Cowboys will simply struggle to get any kind of a pass rush going.
On offense if the Eagles shut down the Cowboys’ run game minus Murray they will be forced to throw more than they’d like which could lead to some classic Tony Romo mistakes.
Although you never want to see injuries in this league, I would be lying if I said these injuries to the Cowboys didn’t help the Eagles’ cause. With first place on the line against a less than 100 percent Cowboy team, my money is on the Eagles sitting atop the division when all is said and done on Sunday afternoon.