Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) scores a touchdown as Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher (24) defends during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles Latest Win Doesn’t Bode Well for Cowboys


As expected, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day last week. What was a bit unexpected was that the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, ending their four-game winning streak. With just three weeks until these two NFC East rivals meet in Week 17, it appears more and more likely that the matchup will once again be a playoff-determining game for Dallas…and that’s not good.

For Cowboys fans, this is old news. Dallas has lost it’s last two playoff-determining final season games, resulting in fan heartbreak and double the postseason blues.

The Cowboys have the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and the Washington Redskins ahead. While the Eagles will face the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings and Bears next.

On Dallas’ side of the schedule, it’s all about quarterback play. Literally down to which quarterback plays. As for Chicago, I might rather face a rusty Jay Cutler over a hot Josh McCown. The Green Bay game is all about whether Aaron Rodgers will be healthy enough to return from a collarbone injury by then. And we all know the hot mess that is Washington and RGIII.

On Philly’s side of the schedule, it all about their winning streak. The Eagles have won their last four games as they have ridden second-year quarterback Nick Foles to consecutive home victories. They’ll face the Lions in Philly this weekend before heading out to Minnesota. And Foles is not the same player we saw earlier in the year. This Foles has 19 touchdowns and zero, yes zero interceptions. This kid is on fire.

One things for sure: if it does come down to the final game of the year again, we’ll get a real chance to see if this Dallas team has matured enough to finally pull out a victory when the heat is on.

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  • SmartThinking

    It’s all about Philadelphia. Has been since the schedules were released last Spring.

    Dallas has the harder of the two schedules, or, at best, the two teams play opponents that match up pretty well to each other. Dallas faces Chicago and Green Bay. Philadelphia faces Detroit and Chicago. The supposedly easy games for each team are Washington for Dallas and Minnesota for the Eagles.

    One way or the other, the road to the division title runs through the Dallas-Philadelphia game. If the Cowboys can get their key defensive players back and remain uninjured going into the Washington game, they’ll have a very good chance the following week with the Eagles. This Eagles team is much better than what Dallas faced earlier this season, particularly in Foles’ new found poise and the team playing up to him.

    Every game from here is a must-win game for both teams. I don’t see the Eagles beating Detroit and their Chicago game could be a toss up. Conversely, I don’t see Dallas winning against Green Bay if Rogers has returned. And the Chicago game, in my mind, is now a toss up.

    If there’s a difference, it may be Minnesota. Dallas barely beat them. They beat Chicago. And the season could come down to how well the Bears play the Eagles and how well Minnesota looks against Philadelphia.

    There’s still a lot of football to be played this season before the final game match up. If Dallas can beat Chicago and rid themselves of that horrible, ugly memory from last season, they could be mentally on their way towards a run for the division.

    It will definitely be interesting and, truth be known, it’s exactly what we all expected when we first looked over both teams’ schedules.

  • californy

    It all about taking it one game at a time and taking care of your business on the field.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Cali is spot on. One game at a time. Every game is major and they must play to their potential not down to the competition. Roger’s health is key.
    I don’t agree that we all knew this was coming down to week 17. Dallas has let some winnable games slip away that would have them comfortablly in control of this division.

    • David Kerr

      We all knew it would come to week 17… Again. It’s like the league plans this out on purpose or something.