|Eagles at Dallas Cowboys|
|Sun., Dec. 12, 8:20 PM, NBC, Cowboys Stadium|
The Eagles will have every opportunity to overcome the demons of their late-season performances against the Dallas Cowboys last year because they face off against the Cowboys twice in the season's final four games. For the first game of a brutal, season-ending four-game gauntlet, the Eagles return to the scene of where their season ended in 2009.
On the plus side, the Eagles will have 10 days to prepare for the trip to Dallas and what is scheduled to be their fifth prime-time game of the season. They'll be facing off against a Dallas team that hasn't had a lot of change in this off-season, although they did part ways with longtime left tackle Flozell Adams. The Cowboys won the NFC East last year and appeared ready to make a deep run into the playoffs. But one week after beating up on the Eagles, Dallas took it on the chin at Minnesota.
The Eagles watched that game and learned that the best way to stop the Dallas offense is to win the battle at the line of scrimmage - as if they didn't already know that. Minnesota bottled up the Cowboys' powerful running game and got after quarterback Tony Romo. Another key for the Eagles is to slow down wide receiver Miles Austin, who caught 15 passes for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns in the three wins over Philadelphia in 2009. Even in the first game, when the Eagles limited Austin to one catch, he made it count, grabbing a 49-yard pass for a TD to give Dallas the advantage.
The drama will again be great for this one as Kevin Kolb plays in the NFL for the first time in his home state. The Eagles offense must find a way to put the Cowboys' pressure-oriented defense on its heels.
- -- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 9:34 p.m., July 10*