The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys face off Sunday in what will be a battle of high-flying offenses paired with less skilled defensive units. This may turn into a shootout with the last possession deciding the winner. As the Eagles attempt to gain sole control of first place, here are two key players to watch on Sunday:
The young defensive lineman is the most talented in the group. He has started to hit his stride at a key point in the season after a slow start learning Billy Davis‘ system and responsibilities. He shined last week, getting credit for five quarterback hurries and making a living in the backfield. The Cowboys will not field DeMarco Murray and that hinders their running game so look for Cox to get more pressure on Tony Romo. The key to beating Romo is to get in his face and put him on the ground. If the Eagles want a chance to win, they need to disrupt the Cowboys at the line and get more than one sack. Pressure will also relieve the pressure on Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher to cover the Cowboys’ skilled receivers.
This is an obvious choice but the spotlight is on Foles for more than one reason. The Eagles said today that Chris Polk is out of the game with a lingering shoulder problem. That puts the only running backs as LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown. With Chip Kelly‘s fondness for the run increasing a risk of injury (and hoping Brown’s ball security problem doesn’t reappear), there’s a chance that Foles could take the field with one running back available at some point in the game. The major issue, as the media debated all week, is that Foles is playing for the starting job here. It’s hard to believe that, if he puts together a solid game and victory, he would be pulled for Michael Vick next week. This is the young man’s time to shine and show the league that he is a serious contender, even if it is for another team next year.