Three Keys to Philadelphia Eagles NFC East Divisional Championship Success

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Sept. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (72) and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91) during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 27 – 6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Stuff the Run

The Eagles crushed the Chicago Bears last Sunday winning 54-11.  Philadelphia’s run defense was stellar holding one of the NFL’s most dynamic running backs in Bears Matt Forte to just 29 yards rushing and no touchdowns.  Defensive ends Cedric Thornton and Fletcher Cox built a defensive wall at the line of scrimmage bottling up Chicago’s dynamic running attack.

In the season’s first Eagles vs. Cowboys matchup during week 7, Dallas rookie running back Joseph Randle made his first professional start with injured starter DeMarco Murray sidelined.  The Eagles will see a very different and much improved running game from the Cowboys, but if they exhibit the kind of dominance their defensive front displayed against Chicago, they could force Dallas to win with the arm of backup quarterback Kyle Orton.

Having a healthy Nick Foles back in the lineup, overmatching the Cowboys secondary with strong tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz, and turning Dallas’ offense into a one-dimensional passing attack by stuffing the run can spell success for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.  This last game of the NFL’s 2013 regular season should be a fun one to watch with a lot at stake for both the Eagles and Cowboys franchises.

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