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5 Things: The NFL's Version Of Ali-Frazier?


It's time for the rematch! The Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. The Thanksgiving showdown was won by the Eagles by a 33-10 score and it was the most-watched television program of the entire fall season. Just like in the first meeting, first place in the NFC East is on the line. The Eagles have been outstanding at home winning 10 of their past 11 regular-season games at Lincoln Financial Field. Meanwhile, it's been over a calendar year since the Cowboys lost on the road with a perfect 6-0 mark in 2014.

Our Eagles Network live coverage kicks off today at 8 PM with the Kickoff Show featuring live look-ins from the stadium, all of the pre-game introductions and insight and analysis from NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell. Join us for the Halftime Report as Dave Spadaro will provide highlights as well as news and notes from around the league. Finish off your game night with the Post-Game Show presented by Ricoh as Bo Wulf co-hosts along with Ike Reese. They will bring you highlights, coach and player reaction along with tape analysis from Cosell.

It's an exciting Eagles day and we're glad that you'll be sharing it with us ...

1. Collinsworth Likens Eagles-Cowboys To Ali-Frazier

This is the second time that the Eagles will be on Sunday Night Football. The first time was on Black Sunday when the Eagles shut out the Giants, 27-0. Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth offered what he'll be looking for later this evening.

"You know it's tempo vs. ball control, Ali-Frazier," Collinsworth said. "It's really what makes this game fun, because it's such contrasting styles and you know what Dallas is going to try to do and you know that the Eagles are going to try to do.

"Let's go play and see who wins."

Collinsworth predicted that the Eagles would be a Super Bowl team in the preseason. Find out what he thinks about that statement as the regular season winds down.


2. Hopefully, A Miracle Will Not Be Needed Tonight

Herman Edwards, the author of the Miracle of the Meadowlands, will be tonight's Honorary Captain presented by Santander.

Edwards played for the Eagles for nine seasons from 1977-85 and ranks fourth in franchise history with 33 career interceptions, just one shy of the team record.

But Edwards will always be remembered for one of the greatest plays in NFL history. The Eagles were playing the Giants at the Meadowlands in what was turning out to be an ordinary game. The Giants led 17-12 late in the game. Instead of taking a knee to run out the clock, quarterback Joe Pisarcik handed the ball off to Larry Czonka, but the hand off wasn't clean and it fell to the ground.

It bounced up into the arms of Edwards, who returned the fumble for the game-winning touchdown.




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4. The Coaching Decision That Propelled Kendricks

In this profile on the development of third-year linebacker Mychal Kendricks, a key to Kendricks' success was the decision to keep him in his WILL linebacker position following the season-ending injury to DeMeco Ryans. The MIKE linebacker spot, manned by Ryans and now by Casey Matthews and Emmanuel Acho, is responsible for making the calls and aligning the front. The coaches wanted Kendricks to just make plays.

"Mychal's been allowed to stay Mychal," inside linebackers coach Rick Minter said, "which is better. It's better when someone is calm around him and can just let him play and make the plays."

Read the entire piece to learn what Kendricks' teammates think of his progress as well how Ryans remains a voice in Kendricks' ear.

5. Mariota Thanks Kelly In Heisman Speech

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Head coach Chip Kelly lavished Mariota, his former pupil, with praise earlier this week predicting that the quarterback would win the esteemed award before leaving the Eugene, Ore. campus.

"He's a special player. He's just got a gift for playing football. He's everything you want: he can throw the ball, he can run," Kelly said. "He's the most talented kid that I coached in college."

Kelly refused to take credit for the development of Mariota, but the leader of the playoff-bound Ducks made sure to thank Kelly during his acceptance speech.

"Thanks for taking a chance on me," said Mariota, who had just two scholarship offers coming out of high school - Oregon and Memphis.

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