The Dallas Cowboys host the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday as they hope to rebound from their loss to the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving. The game will be at 8:20 as part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Why you should watch: This game, as are all Cowboys Eagles matchups, should be another good one. Even though Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy could miss the game, the Eagles have another potential star in the making in Bryce Brown. He is explosive and quick, and could really flourish if he sees extended time. Clearly Nick Foles is not ready to be a starting quarterback yet, but this matchup between him and the Cowboys secondary should be another strong test for the rookie. On the other side, Tony Romo faces a defense now without Jason Babin, who was released from the team after just two years there.
What to watch for: The most intriguing aspect of this game will be DeMarco Murray playing against the Eagles defense. This will be Murray’s first game since he was injured against the Ravens, and it will be interesting to see how he feels and whether or not he can be effective and take some pressure off of Tony Romo. With Jason Babin gone and the Eagles defense struggling mightily, he should have some holes to exploit. This phase of the game could decide who wins and who loses.
Key Matchups: The key matchup of this game will be the Eagles defensive line against the Cowboys offensive line. Dallas’s line needs to protect Tony Romo, and Philadelphia’s defensive line will be eager to prove that they did not need Babin to get pressure. It will also factor in the running game, and if the Cowboys line can get any substantial push, they can keep Philadelphia’s defense on the field and ultimately wear them out by the fourth quarter.
The Pick: I’m going with the Cowboys, 27-17. Philly is struggling mightily, and the Cowboys need this game just to keep hopes of the playoffs alive. I don’t think Philadelphia can stop Dallas in any way, and their offense is just too limited without McCoy, Vick, and with DeSean Jackson being placed on IR.