Every week of the NFL regular season, we ask all of The Landry Hat writers and contributors to submit their picks and predictions for the upcoming Dallas Cowboy game. This week, we asked our experts for their predictions for tonight’s game between our Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Steven Mullenax, Editor & Head Writer: The return of DeMarco Murray should mark the return of a more constant and balanced offense. If not for the overall poor play of the Eagles in the last few weeks, I would be concerned with the various injuries on the Cowboys’ defensive side of the ball. But Philly is ravaged with inconsistency and injuries as well, so I see this as a blowout win for Dallas in a laugher. Cowboys 34, Eagles 16.
Jeff Federspiel, Staff Writer: The end of the Andy Reid era is fast approaching in Philadelphia and the Eagles are beginning to close shop, though someone forgot to tell Bryce Brown. Despite Mr. Brown’s sudden emergence, the injury plagued Cowboys’ defense finds a way to just barely contain this offensive (ha) juggernaut. Tony Romo throws the ball for 50+ times for the win and Cowboys fans have their hope reignited for the week. Cowboys 27, Eagles 17.
Michael Huff, Staff Writer: Cowboys continue to struggle on offense, but the defense plays well enough to win 17-13.
Todd Toombs, Senior Writer: Looks right now like the Cowboys could get some starters back on the field for this game – center Ryan Cook and running back DeMarco Murray to name just two key ones. Everything on paper looks like it skews heavily towards a Cowboys win. Which is precisely the type of game the Cowboys have struggled to win under Garrett. The Eagles are reeling but still have enough weapons to win if the Cowboys mail it in. Could this be the beginning of a major run toward the playoffs and a return to the Super Bowl like the Giants (twice) and Packers have pulled off the last few years? We’ll see. It starts with this game. Would be nice to see the Cowboys put together a crushing blowout, but I have it Cowboys 21, Eagles 17.
Jeff Magnia, Staff Writer: This should be a good game between these two teams. The problem is that Dallas has played poorly against teams with records worse than theirs. The positive about this is that the Eagles may have a better running game, but their leading scorer in the rushing department has 2 scores for the season. Cowboys should win this game in an easy matchup if they can get the mindset that the Eagles are 8-3 instead of 3-8. Dallas wins this game 24-20.
Artie Cappello, Senior Writer: Can most of us agree that the ‘Iggles’ is the most hated team for Cowboys fans? Lets hope that this means that the Cowboys home team cheers will be louder than the visitors cheers for once. While we are at it, I think the Cowboys should practice on the Cowboys Stadium field every week. We need to do something to re-establish some semblance of a home field advantage. That being said, I don’t think we’ll need it this week. Cowboys 31- Iggles 23.
Brad Austin, Senior Writer: Dallas won the first match-up by 15 points, yet scored all 3 of their season’s non-offensive TD’s in that game. If you erase Dwayne Harris’ punt return TD and the closing seconds fumble recovery TD by Jason Hatcher, this was a one-point ballgame. That being said, the Eagles offense is in complete disarray and in even worse shape than the first meeting. Along with starters missing at QB, RB, C, and both OT’s, Philadelphia is now without top deep threat DeSean Jackson and even their back-up center (replacement has yet to play this year). Unlike the first go-round, Philadelphia has no chance at the playoffs and Morris Claiborne is out for blood. Dallas wins, but this team is not capable of domination. Cowboys 23, Eagles 16.
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