When the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles meet for the first time this year, it was the surging Cowboys who surprised the Eagles in a 17-3 victory at Lincoln Financial Field. With both teams now heading into a win or go home divisional championship game on Sunday night, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was asked what he thought was the biggest difference this time around:
“We’re just more experienced. We’ve been together longer. I think we have a better understanding as a coaching staff of our players and what they can do and putting those guys in a position to make plays. I think everybody is a byproduct of their experiences and I think that the reps that all those guys have gotten – I think it was [Eagles QB] Nick’s [Foles] second or third game playing, he’s gotten a lot more reps in there too – people getting comfortable, understanding the situation and knowing when guys are going right, guys are going left. I just think the experience factor is a lot different than when we played them earlier in the season.”
When asked about the mistakes of the first game haunting them, Kelly responded:
“Yeah, we don’t dwell on it. We correct the mistakes, and I know [Eagles quarterbacks coach] Billy [Lazor] does a great job of that, and then we move on, and I don’t think you can put more weight on one game that you can on another game. You can’t sit there and say when we do play really well, let’s spend more time on that game. We just look at everything the same way, and I think we’re pretty consistent in our approach.”
Depending on the status of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, that challenge could be a lot easier to overcome. Still Dallas plays well at home and you can bet AT&T Stadium will be a hostile environment to play in on Sunday night.