|Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Sun., Jan. 2, 2011, 1 PM, FOX, Lincoln Financial Field|
So if Kevin Kolb wants to endear himself to Eagles fans, he'll go a long way by knocking off the Dallas Cowboys when they come to Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles were stymied by the Cowboys thrice in 2010. The second matchup gave the Cowboys the NFC East title. The final showdown ended the Eagles' season as well as an era at the quarterback position.
How will the Eagles topple their arch-rivals and claim NFC East supremacy once again?
It doesn't matter who is at quarterback, if the Cowboys' front seven is allowed to unleash the fury that it did last season the Eagles won't have a chance. The Eagles have to find a way to get DeSean Jackson involved. Kolb's ability to get rid of the ball quickly and hit receivers on short timing routes - like his counterpart in Dallas in Tony Romo - should help. The Eagles' inability to convert short-yardage situations should be greatly improved by the addition of Mike Bell and the re-signing of Leonard Weaver.
As for the defense, the Cowboys went from looking Super Bowl-bound against the Eagles in the Wild Card round to nothing more than an annoyance the following week in Minnesota. What happened? The Vikings were able to wreak havoc and make life miserable for Romo. The Eagles tried a variety of approaches in regards to attacking the Cowboys offense, but none worked. Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has to find a way to make the Cowboys pay when he chooses to blitz. The addition of Darryl Tapp and Brandon Graham should help the pass rush. It remains to be seen whether Nate Allen can solidify the free safety spot or if Ellis Hobbs will be the starting right cornerback for the 2010 season?
Getting Stewart Bradley back on defense should provide some solace in the middle of the field which is where Dallas was able to attack with what seemed like minimal effort. The trade for the speedy Ernie Sims should also assist in this area.
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:20 a.m., July 14*