The Philadelphia Eagles needed a big win on Sunday night after suffering a mind-boggling loss to the 4-10-1 Minnesota Vikings last week. And their crushing 54-11 victory over the Chicago Bears should certainly go a long way in calming even the most die-hard Eagles’ fans nerves about the current state of the team. It sets the Birds up perfectly going into Arlington next week to face their divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East crown. But does this gigantic win also set up this young team for a possible trap game?
First, let’s define what a trap game is. For most, it appears to mean that a team overlooks their current matchup for another further down their schedule. Basically, overlooking a perceived lesser opponent in lieu of a greater challenge down the road. Now the word “trap” can be defined as an unpleasant situation from which it is hard to escape. It is in this broader definition that I’m referring to this upcoming matchup.
Obviously, this is a hard matchup to overlook for both teams. The last time these two teams played each other, Dallas embarrassed Philadelphia at home. And Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had the worst passing day of his short career throwing a abysmal 11 of 29 passes for 80 yards in three quarters of play. To cap it off, Foles was mercifully knocked out of the game with a concussion at the end of the third quarter.
Still, these teams are heading in totally different directions going into this NFC East championship game. As the Eagles have been trending upwards, the Cowboys have deteriorated. So much so, in fact, many probably will not give Dallas much of a chance to defeat Philly on Sunday night. That fact, combine with Sunday’s demolition of Chicago could make this young Eagles squad dangerously over confident.
Despite their poor record, Dallas still has the offensive weapons to compete with the best in the NFL. See Week Five’s 51-48 shoot-out with the Denver Broncos as proof. The Cowboys are also 5-2 at AT&T Stadium this year.
All I’m saying is don’t be fooled by the media, Stephen A. Smith and/or the Cowboys poor play as of late. They are capable of playing well, especially at home. Because the worst thing Philadelphia could do is to come into Dallas thinking they’ve already won. That’s a trap.