After the Dallas Cowboys once again lost a second half lead, this time to the lowly Washington Redskins, I could feel my eyes rolling into the backside of my head on Sunday afternoon. I was thinking, as I’m sure many of you were thinking: “Here we go again!” Instead, us Cowboys fans got an early Christmas gift. With just over a minute left in the game, and on fourth down, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo found running back DeMarco Murray semi-open in the flat for the 10-yard game-winning touchdown. Let the trumpets sound! Dallas has survived for one more week…but just barely.
The Cowboys win made the Philadelphia Eagles game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday night all but meaningless for the Eagles. So much so, both teams were rumored to have considered resting their starters in the matchup earlier in the week. Unfortunately for Chicago, neither team did. The Eagles dropped 54 points on the Bears. That’s the same Chicago team that dropped 45 on the Cowboys defense a mere two weeks ago in a Dallas loss. The Birds made a statement on Sunday night to the Cowboys. Message received loud and clear.
Philly was coming off a blowout loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15. They needed this big win to help build momentum going into Arlington next week. And let me tell you why:
- Out of their last six wins, four of them have been at home. A stronger away team at the beginning of the season, it appears that dynamic has switched.
- All season, they only play two teams in indoor stadiums. In the Metrodome last week in a devastating loss to the Vikings and this weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
- The last time the Cowboys and Eagles meet, Monte Kiffin and the Dallas defense destroyed the Eagles second-year quarterback Nick Foles.So much so, they knocked him out of the game at the end of the third quarter.
Now, I think we can all agree that these aren’t the same two teams that meet in Week Seven. But I think we can agree that the Eagles needed to get their momentum back before coming into Big “D”. Now that they have, let’s hope this Dallas team rises to the challenge instead of being intimidated by it.