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Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Cowboys

Overall Series Record: 45-59
Record at Lincoln Financial Field: 4-4
Last Meeting at Lincoln Financial Field: January 9, 2011 – Cowboys 14, Eagles 13
Game Recap: In the regular season finale, the Eagles had little to play for, already locked into the No. 3 seed in the NFC. So Andy Reid opted to rest his starters in advance of their playoff game and let his second stringers do the job. The defense performed admirably, shutting the Cowboys offense out until less than a minute remaining. But after an early touchdown pass to Chad Hall, all Kevin Kolb could muster behind a makeshift offensive line was two David Akers field goals.

You've heard the stat a million times, but that doesn't make it any less true – since taking over as Eagles head coach in 1999, Andy Reid is 12-0 in games after the bye week. That streak will be put to the test in Week 8 this year against the division rival Dallas Cowboys in the first game of a three-game home stretch.

It will be the first meeting between the two teams in 2011 and it will be available for all to see as the teams play under the Lincoln Financial Field lights on Sunday Night Football. Unfortunately for the Eagles, no one expects the Cowboys to be as bad as they were in 2010. In fact, they'll probably be one of the teams competing for a division title, so this is likely to be a very important game. With a healthy Tony Romo and a bounceback year from a defense that includes stars like DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff, the Cowboys figure to come into Philadelphia itching to end Reid's post-bye dominance.

Of course, the Eagles will be rested and ready for whatever the Cowboys throw at them. In last year's post-bye game, Michael Vick returned from injury to slay Peyton Manning and the Colts, so he's no stranger to difficult games after the bye. The Cowboys were vulnerable against the pass last season, as they allowed 243.3 yards per game in the air, 26th in the league. And remember, in his only game against the Cowboys last season, DeSean Jackson busted out for a ridiculous 210 receiving yards on only four catches.

So ramp up the old clichés, these two teams don't like each other, no love-loss here etc. But when it comes down to it, the importance of this game needs no fluffing up. It's Eagles-Cowboys, may the best team win.

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