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Cowboys Not Looking Past Eagles' Record

In Jason Garrett's first full season as head coach, he'll be looking to make a statement against the rival Eagles. As Dallas' interim head coach last season, Garrett went 1-1 in games against Philadelphia, winning a Week 17 matchup in which the Eagles, who had clinched a playoff spot, rested almost all their starters.

This time around, both teams are treating this game as "must win." At 2-4, the Eagles are in last place in the division, sitting two games behind the New York Giants. A loss Sunday would cement the Eagles' position in the basement of the NFC East. The Cowboys are in a similar position; a loss would leave them tied for worst-record in the division.

The head coach of the 3-3 Cowboys knows that his team will have its hands full when they come into town Sunday night. He's not letting the Eagles' 2-4 record cloud his judgment.

"I think the Eagles are an awfully good football team," Garrett said. "They have great players, great coaches, and they challenge you in all three phases of the game. When we put the tape on, we see guys who play hard and challenge you."

Garrett, a quarterback in his playing days, marvels at the firepower the Eagles have on offense, specifically in the backfield.

"The Eagles have a great player in LeSean McCoy," he said. "He's a slasher who can make guys miss in space and he can break big plays. He and Michael Vick are the reason the Eagles are one of the best rushing teams in the league."

In the Cowboys backfield, injuries have limited what would otherwise be a great group. Lead back Felix Jones has been ruled out of the game with an ankle injury. Tashard Choice, who started last week against St. Louis, was cut on Saturday to make room for rookie linebacker Bruce Carter, who was on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Luckily for the Cowboys, rookie DeMarco Murray, was able to run for 253 yards last week, with Jones and Choice injured. While Garrett doesn't expect that kind of production this week, Murray's performance eased any concern that he had.

"It makes us feel a lot better that DeMarco was able to step in and produce," he said. "He ran the ball well and showed a lot of the same things that made him a great rusher in college at Oklahoma."

Equally concerning for the Cowboys has been the health of their quarterback Tony Romo, who has been nursing a rib injury he suffered in Week Two. Although the nine-year veteran quarterback says he's healthy, his coach made it clear that he's still not back to 100 percent.

"Initially, Tony was affected a good deal by his rib injury," said Garrett. "He was wearing a Kevlar jacket and didn't have full range of motion. Now, he's feeling a lot better and is a lot more comfortable. He's close to 100 percent."

This game will set the tone for both teams from here on out. As is always the case when the Eagles and Cowboys face off, expect them both to bring their 'A' games.

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