The Cowboys’ season is on the line here when they travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The game is at 4:25 and will be broadcast on FOX.
Why you should watch: This game features two teams who have struggled mightily all year, and are both facing certain elimination and backlash if they lose. Dallas and Philadelphia are both 3-6, and desperately need a win to keep their seasons alive. Dallas and Philadelphia have had a great rivalry in recent years, and this one won’t disappoint.
What to watch for: During the game, look to see how often the Eagles incorporate LeSean McCoy into their offense. Andy Reid has gotten a lot of flack for not using one of the best runningbacks in the game enough in his offense, and statistics have shown that when the Eagles can run the ball well, they are a much better team. According to Football Outsiders (http://www.footballoutsiders.com/), the Eagles have had one of the worst running games in the league, adjusted for efficiency. If they can get McCoy and backup Bryce Brown going, the Cowboys could be in for a long day.
Key Matchups: Dallas’s secondary versus the Eagles’ wide receivers. Jeremy Maclin and Desean Jackson are both extremely dangerous deep threats and in the open field, and will surely test rookie Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr. With their ability to break free deep and make people miss, they will put pressure on the entire Dallas secondary to make plays and limit yards after catch. Carr and Claiborne have shown they can face off with some of the best receivers in the NFL, but have also been burned from time to time. This matchup could easily decide the game itself.
The Pick: Cowboys pull it out 24-20. Tony Romo and Miles Austin will have big days for the Cowboys as they keep their slim playoff hopes alive and effectively end Philly’s season in week 10.