DALLAS COWBOYS (3-5)
at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (3-5)
Kickoff: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. EDT
Line: Dallas -2, Total: 44.5
NFC East foes desperate for a victory clash on Sunday when the Cowboys visit the Eagles.
Both these teams are fighting for NFC East survival, as Philadelphia has lost four straight games and Dallas has dropped four of five. Philly swept the Cowboys a year ago, including a convincing 20-7 win in Big D on Christmas Eve. Dallas also managed just seven points in its previous matchups with the Eagles a year ago. QB Tony Romo was just 18-for-35 for 203 yards in the first game, then was injured in the first quarter of their second matchup. Eagles QB Michael Vick has torched Dallas since joining the Eagles, posting a 109.7 passer rating (6 TD and 2 INT) in three starts against them.
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Romo suffered a back strain on the last play of the Week 9 loss to Atlanta, but is expected to start on Sunday. He has thrown for 299.3 yards per game this season, but has just 10 TD and 13 INT. In his past 10 games versus the Eagles, he has a mediocre 5-5 record, 2,240 passing yards, 13 TD and 11 INT. With top RB DeMarco Murray (foot) still out, the Cowboys have all but given up trying to run the football. They have failed to surpass 85 rushing yards in six of the past seven contests, attempting just 35 carries (for 84 yards, 2.4 YPC) in the past two weeks combined. On the other side of the ball, Dallas has stopped opposing air attacks very well, allowing just 206 passing YPG (5th in NFL). The Cowboys are a mediocre 15th in rushing defense (107 YPG), but have held each of their past six opponents to less than 125 yards on the ground.
Vick was sacked seven times in last week's 28-13 loss in New Orleans, and the offensive line doesn't expect to improve anytime soon with RT Todd Herremans placed on IR after suffering a dislocated bone in his foot. He joins LT Jason Peters (Achilles) and C Jason Kelce (knee) on the sidelines, plus RG Danny Watkins (ankle) might not play on Sunday either. RB LeSean McCoy has been slowed by an illness, but he expects to start on Sunday. The last time Dallas visited Lincoln Financial Field, McCoy rushed for 185 yards on 30 carries (6.2 YPC) and 2 TD. On the defensive side of the ball, Philly has allowed 135+ rushing yards in each of its past four games, and has forced just four turnovers in the past six contests combined.