The Philadelphia Eagles have potentially caught a huge break as it looks like they will see Kyle Orton under center for the Dallas Cowboys as opposed to Tony Romo. The latter is what makes the Cowboys’ offense go.
When they are in a third or fourth down jam or need a big play or some magic, Romo provides it. He buys time in the pocket with his nifty feet and natural running ability at the quarterback position. Orton is simply a totally different style of quarterback.
He is a true pocket passer. He will not beat you with his feet and is basically immobile in and outside the pocket. If the Eagles generate any sort of consistent pressure, it will be a long night for the Cowboys and their fans.
Orton, however, has had success against the Eagles. He’s had some big games against them in his other stops around the league. The Eagles simply can not take this game or quarterback for granted.
The game, with the NFC East on the line, means far too much. A letdown would be unacceptable at this point. I don’t foresee Eagles head coach Chip Kelly letting that happen, though.
Another factor will be forcing Orton to go to his secondary targets. If you take Dez Bryant out of the game and double him, where does Orton go? Pressure and an emphasis on stopping Bryant will help the Eagles neutralize the Cowboys’ passing game and Orton’s ability to get the ball down field.
This one is for all the marbles. If the Eagles simply play their game and execute on both sides of the ball, they will be playing January football.