The 2015 schedule for the Philadelphia Eagles has been announced. The schedule features six nationally televised games and a second consecutive Thanksgiving Day game ...
The Eagles will play on Thanksgiving again this year, but it won't be against the Dallas Cowboys.
What a shame.
The highlight of the Eagles' 2014 season came with the dismantling of their archrivals on a day that annually puts the Cowboys in the spotlight.
The Eagles scored on touchdown drives of 80 and 88 yards in the first quarter to take a 14-0 lead and never looked back in the 33-10 rout. Mark Sanchez was 20 of 29 passing and accounted for three total touchdowns. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's streak of 38 games with at least one touchdown pass ended.
On this Bird Day, the Eagles are in Dallas to take on the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East ...
The subplot to watch for this Sunday night extravaganza will be running back DeMarco Murray and Miles Austin's return to Dallas. Murray, of course, was the league's rushing champ last season, while Austin was a former rookie free agent who earned back-to-back Pro Bowl honors.
Will the Dallas defense have its full complement of weapons to try and slow the Eagles' offense down? Starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. McClain will miss the first matchup, but should return for this showdown. Defensive end Greg Hardy was suspended 10 games by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league. His suspension was upheld, but reduced to four games so he will be back as well.
It's disappointing that the final Eagles-Cowboys game of the 2015 season (barring playoffs) comes in Week 9 when these were the two best teams in the division in 2014. Last year, the Thanksgiving showdown was the first meeting.