Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia two 3-5 teams will square off in an effort to keep their respective seasons alive and respectable. If anyone would have predicted that either the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles would have both been two games under .500 after nine weeks of play I would have thought that person’s mental stability would have been questionable. Regardless, that is the way the dice have rolled and now Dallas and Philadelphia are looking at must-win games in early November.
Because of the urgency of the game Sunday now is the time for the Dallas Cowboys to get their acts together and show the football-watching world what they are made of. By the looks of things Dallas has a pretty good chance to get to 4-5 and keep their train from completely derailing. Here are a few reasons why I think the Cowboys will be victorious following Sunday’s matchup in Philly.
November 5, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) sacks Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) for a loss during third quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE
Michael Vick has no offensive line: News this week in Philly is they lost their fourth starting offensive lineman when Todd Herremans was placed on injured reserve following an ankle injury he sustained Monday night against New Orleans. With only Evan Mathis remaining from the Eagles’ starting five at the beginning of the season, the Dallas front seven are going to have a great game making Michael Vick’s life a living nightmare. Granted Vick is a very mobile quarterback that can destroy a defense with his legs, but there is no way he can do it all on his own for four quarters. Without time to throw the ball downfield Dallas’ defense doesn’t need to play the pass as tightly as they have had to in the past and can send more guys after Vick.
Nov 4, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles on a pass play in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Tony Romo is trending up:Let’s face it; Tony Romo has been less than impressive this year. His 13 interceptions to only 10 touchdowns has been a shock to the system to most Cowboy fans. It hasn’t entirely been his fault, but there’s no way he gets a free pass either. As of late he hasn’t played as poorly as he had earlier in the season. He’s passed for 758 total yards the last two weeks and if he can figure out a way to get the ball into the end zone when Dallas gets in the red zone he’ll be well on his way. Philly has a good secondary that could be problematic on Sunday. The only reason I see Romo having a productive day is the fact that Philly’s defense as a whole is in disarray. They are on their third defensive coordinator in two years and opposing quarterbacks haven’t been pressured much at all. If Romo is allotted time in the pocket, Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, and Jason Witten are bound to get open and rip the Eagles’ defense apart. A good game from the Cowboys’ offensive core can only help Romo’s confidence as Dallas tries to get back on track.