While the Eagles and Cowboys have been fairly evenly matched as of late, the Cowboys have come out on top the last four times they've taken the field in Philadelphia. In 2016, the two sides will meet on New Year's Day, the final Sunday of the regular season. Talk about welcoming in the new year with a bang!
The last time the Dallas Cowboys came to Lincoln Financial Field was in Week 2 of the 2015 season. After the Eagles generated so much excitement during the preseason, a second-half rally against Atlanta in the opener came up short, placing even more pressure on the Eagles' home opener against those rival Cowboys. But the offense again came out flat, and a late touchdown reception by Jordan Matthews wasn't enough to keep the Eagles from falling to 0-2 after a disappointing loss to a division rival.
Fans can be sure that the Eagles' players will remember that game this time the Cowboys come to town, and they'll be looking to wipe it out of their memory banks.
Like the Eagles, the Cowboys' 2015 season fell shy of lofty expectations, mainly because quarterback Tony Romo injured his collarbone against the Eagles early on. Romo would miss most of the season, and his absence paired with the departure of running back DeMarco Murray, resulted in an incredibly underwhelming 4-12 season for Dallas.
Things ought to be very different this time around. The two teams have added and subtracted on both sides of the ball. Murray, who spent his first five seasons wearing either a Cowboys or Eagles jersey, is now playing with Tennessee in the AFC South. After one year in Dallas, defensive end Greg Hardy is no longer a part of the Cowboys' lineup. Romo does figure to be back under center, but the NFL Draft did bring another major piece to the Cowboys' offense, as Dallas selected Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth-overall pick. Elliott, who many thought could have been an Eagles' target before the trade up to number two for Carson Wentz, should bring an extra element to the Cowboys' attack.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|RB Ezekiel Elliott||G Mackenzy Bernadeau|
|G Joe Looney||QB Matt Cassel|
|DE Benson Mayowa||DE Greg Hardy|
|RB Alfred Morris||DB Danny McCray|
|DE Cedric Thornton||DE Jeremy Mincey|
|QB Dak Prescott||RB Robert Turbin|