Dallas Cowboys Battle Philadelphia Eagles, Injuries for First Place in NFC East

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The Dallas Cowboys are the latest NFL squad to catch the injury bug, with both DeMarco Murray and DeMarcus Ware not expected to play today.

After finally getting Miles Austin back from a hamstring injury the Cowboys must find a way to navigate around the injuries to key players on both sides of the ball.  Murray is the Cowboys’ leading rusher and the most explosive running back the Cowboys currently have on their roster. With Murray in the lineup, the Cowboys are able to feast off of play-action passes to Jason Witten over the middle, along with being able to integrate the long ball to receivers like Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams. Ware is the Cowboys’ best defensive player and a leader in the locker room.  If either one of these players miss an extended period of time it could spell doom for the Cowboys’ playoff hopes.

The NFC has been completely ransacked with injuries this year.  Almost every playoff team from a year ago has had some sort of major injury to an integral part of their team. Even the Philadelphia Eagles come into the game this Sunday with Michael Vick hurt again.  Whether it is Julio Jones with the Atlanta Falcons or Patrick Willis and the San Francisco 49ers injuries are part of the game, and the Cowboys must rally together and work to keep the ship sailing smoothly. There should be no excuses coming from the Cowboys and come Sunday we will find out if Tony Romo was really worth all of the money Dallas gave to him.

With Murray gone expect the Cowboys to rely heavily on their passing attack.  Romo once again finds himself without a stable running attack to balance the passing game.  With their best defensive player injured the Cowboys need to protect the ball in order to keep the defense with a fresh set of legs. Romo has a knack of finding ways to win when the Cowboys seem to be in over their heads or in trouble. His main problem is when the expectation of greatness seem to cloud his judgement. A win against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field would put the Cowboys up in the division with both the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants struggling.  The Cowboys are right where they need to be having beaten both the Redskins and Giants already this year. A win against the Eagles would have them undefeated in the division and in the driver’s seat for a potential postseason run.

 Rodney Gray Jr. is a Dallas Cowboys writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @AGuyNameRodknee, “Like” him on Facebook or add to him to your network on Google.


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