How quick people forget. Just 6 days ago the Philadelphia Eagles were
coming off six striaght wins before being blown out 24-0 but the
Cowboys last week. Now it seems like the Eagles are the sisters of
the poor with no chance to even compete. Well Andy Reid and Donovan
McNabb may have other plans tonight.
The Eagles were outscored 44-16 by the Cowboys this year and were
never really in the game last week. The Eagles need to play 60 solid
minutes of football today to beat the Cowboys. The Eagles are often
hot and cold and can be very frustrating. One reason for this always
seems to be McNabb's accuracy, Reids play calling and clock
management. The Eagles make things much harder on themselves than
they need to at times. The Eagles only ran the ball 10 times last
week and that will be a receipe for disaster tonight if they get
The Eagles can be explosive at times and one key to that is their +15
turnover ratio. The defense will need to help them out tonight. The
Eagles need to spread the ball around. Brent Celek leads the Eagles
in receptions and drives the offense much like Witten on the
Cowboys.Also note that the running backs have over 80 catches amoung
them. Look for McNabb to use Celek, Jackson, Maclin, Avant,
Westbrook, McCoy and even Weaver in the passing game.
On defense the Eagles must get pressure on Romo who has thrown for
over 300 yards in both games against the Eagles. Trent Cole and Juqua
Parker combined for 20.5 sacks in 2009 and must get to Romo. The
Eagles are short on depth and speed to match up with the Cowboys so
they must create turnovers and protect the ball to have any chance.
Memo to Andy Reid: Do NOT use Michael Vick. Vick threw 13 passes all
season and he is not as good at QB as McNabb and he is not as good at
running back as Westbrook or McCoy. He takes your team out of rhythem
let him ride the pine.
The Eagles are 2nd in points scored this year while the Cowboys are
5th. The Cowboys were 2nd in yardage but 14th in points scored so
they have made some mistakes. If the Eagles bring their "A" road game
with them they can stay in this one. The first quarter of this game
will be key the Eagles will need to stay within 7.
It is no secret I despise the Cowgirls and refuse to pick them to win
anything. Based on that:
Prediction Philadelphia Eagles 23 - Dallas Cowboys 20
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