In three meetings last season, the Dallas Cowboys held DeSean Jackson to a combined seven catches for 79 yards. That's an average of only 26.3 receiving yards per game, a sparse 39 percent of Jackson's career per-game average. Heading into Sunday night's matchup armed with a new quarterback and another year of experience for his running mates Jeremy Maclin and LeSean MCCoy, Jackson expects a different outcome.
"I think we have a lot of players that can makes a lot of plays and any time we have that capability and with Vick doing the things he's able to do, it's just a whole dynamic different on offense," Jackson said Wednesday. "We're ready for the opportunity where we can just go out there and show everybody what we can do.
"It's a new year, a new team and things like that. So we're just looking forward to our opportunity for this year to play them on Sunday night. It gives us a great opportunity to show what we can do."
Jackson added that he personally is better suited for the matchup now than last year.
"This is my third year, that was my second year, so I mean every day in regular lives everybody grows," he said. "Every day I think I get more intelligent. I try not to stay at one point, I like to better myself."
While Jackson said the Eagles won't approach this game much differently than any other, he admitted it's a matchup he's been looking forward to.
"It's always been a marked game I think since day one since I came here," he said. "Since last year the way it turned out, I mean obviously everybody's anxious to get this game going again. But we're not going to make it any more than what it is. It's a must-win game for us. We have to go out there and win. So at the end of the day we know that and that's what we're doing. We're preparing for that and we're just ready for the opportunity."
The biggest factor in the Cowboys' recent turnaround under interim head coach Jason Garrett has been their newfound ability to force turnovers. After only five interceptions in their first eight games, the Cowboys defense has picked off opposing quarterbacks eight times in the last four games. Jackson said he's impressed with the fight the Cowboys have shown of late.
"I think you can see it in the past three or four games that they had, being 3-1 in the last four games," he said. "So as a team, we know what we have to do and we know how we played them last year. We know everything about this game."
In the end though, Jackson believes the Eagles' performance down the stretch of the season will be dependent on their own approach, not what the opposition does.
"We know how important it is and as a team Coach Reid does a good job of letting us know how important it is to come to work and still work hard and not to get caught up in our record and things like that," said Jackson. "We still have to put in the work. As long as we're able to come to work and put it in and not feel content and not say we don't want to get better, as long as we're getting better I think around this time is a huge point for us because we always pull through through this stretch."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:11 p.m., December 9