The Eagles swept the Dallas Cowboys (8-8), both matchups dominated by Philadelphia. In week 7 the Eagles destroyed the Cowboys on national television, winning 34-7 at Lincoln Financial Field. In week 17 the Eagles won 20-7 in Arlington, in a meaningless contest as both teams were already eliminated from playoff contention. Dating back to 2008, the rivalry is in favor of Dallas 5-4, one being a playoff meeting. Quarterback Michael Vick is 3-0 against the Cowboys in an Eagles uniform, and averaging at least 2 touchdown passes in those games.

The Cowboys offseason was limited by an unfortunate cap hit, yet the signing of cornerback Brandon Carr and 1st round pick of cornerback Morris Claiborne appear to be an improved secondary. I couldn’t agree with tight end Jason Witten more, saying the Cowboys window is closing. This is a make or break year for Tony Romo. The Eagles and Michael Vick normally know how to exploit the Dallas Cowboys on defense, pounding the football and using screens to exploit. The key matchup will be the revamped secondary of Dallas against the Eagles wide receiver core that had a disappinting 2011 season. Tony Romo should fear a better Eagles front 7 and a secondary that now plays to the strengths of a Nnamdi Asomugha with something to prove in his 2nd season in an Eagles uniform. It’s no doubt the Cowboys are talented, but the Eagles are the better team and have to go out and prove it for the 2nd season in a row. Most project Dallas to finish 2nd or 3rd in the NFC East. The Eagles will face them week 10 in Philadelphia, and week 13 at Dallas on Sunday Night Football.

 

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