Philadelphia Eagles And Dallas Cowboys: How It Plays Out


Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver

Jordan Matthews

(81) is tackled by New York Giants cornerback

Trumaine McBride

(38) after a reception during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve never been afraid to admit when I’m wrong, and as far as at least one of my way-too-early NFL predictions, well, I was wrong.

Turns out the Dallas Cowboys aren’t one of the worst teams in the NFL. Despite all the preseason predictions saying so, they’ve somehow managed to jump to a 6-1 start and are racing the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

That’s a far cry from what I said a few months ago. I had the Cowboys at 4-12 and dead last in the East. It doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case.

But just how good are the Cowboys and can they hang tough with the Eagles? That remains to be seen.

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This piece examined the rest of the schedules for the NFC East contenders (sorry, Washington).

The Philadelphia Eagles certainly appear to have the tougher road, with their remaining opponents a combined 38-28-1 and with just four of their final 10 games at home. The Cowboys’ opponents are 31-29, they still have their bye week ahead of them and they’ll play four of their last nine in JerryWorld.

Let’s revisit our way-too-early predictions and take a stab at how the rest of the season plays out, based on what we now know about the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys.

Week 8

Philadelphia Eagles @ Arizona Cardinals: The Birds are coming off a bye and should be feeling crazy confident and rested for their cross-country trip. Arizona is coming off tough games against Washington and Oakland. I think they’re due for a letdown. Philadelphia 30, Arizona 20

Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys: Not even wasting my time here. Dallas 28, Washington 13

Week 9

Philadelphia Eagles @ Houston Texans: This seems like a team that’s getting more dangerous as the season goes on and will be a real contender next season. This is a 50/50 game, but I’ll give the edge to the Eagles, who know how to win those tough games Houston keeps losing. Philadelphia 20, Houston 17

Arizona Cardinals @ Dallas Cowboys: This will be one of the toughest games Dallas has played to date, and they’re getting an angry Arizona team that just lost to Philadelphia. Some cracks in the Dallas armor begin to show. Arizona 27, Dallas 23

Week 10 

Carolina Panthers @ Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles return home for the first time in a month and won’t disappoint on Monday Night Football. This is a game I originally called a loss, but based on Carolina’s performance thus far I’m swinging it the other way. Philadelphia Eagles 32, Carolina Panthers 14

Dallas Cowboys @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Not worth the words. Dallas 38, Jacksonville 18

Week 11

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers: Tough test for the Birds coming off a short week against a Green Bay team that is always a challenge. The Eagles will lose some games along the way and that’s OK. This is one of them. Green Bay 29, Philadelphia 20

Dallas Cowboys: bye

Week 12

Tennessee Titans @ Philadelphia Eagles: I worry about this one because Dallas and Thanksgiving Day are so close, but the Eagles will find a way to get it done. It will be tougher than it should be. Philadelphia 24, Tennessee 16

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants: Sorry, Giants, but you’re terrible and facing the Cowboys coming off a bye. Dallas 26, New York 13

Week 13

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys: Well, here we are. The Eagles and Cowboys will enter this game with identical records of 9-2. I believe the Philadelphia Eagles are the better team and don’t see how Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray can hold up over the course of a season. All that said, I think the teams split and homefield advantage is the difference in each game. Dallas 28, Philadelphia 27

Week 14

Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles: The Seahawks are not who we thought they were. If the Philadelphia Eagles were playing them now, I’d go with a 20-point blowout. Still, this game that looked so scary when the schedule came out suddenly seems very, very winnable. Philadelphia 31, Seattle 21

Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears: Turkey Day hangover against a team that will be desperate for wins, isn’t nearly as bad as their current record indicates and can’t possibly be less than .500 at home (currently 0-4). The odds are not in Dallas’ favor. Chicago 25, Dallas 20

Week 15

Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles: Again, we’re all tied up with both teams coming in 10-3. The Eagles will take control of the division in this one with an inspired performance at home. Philadelphia 39, Dallas 26

Week 16

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins: The Eagles are 11-3 and chasing a first-round bye. No letdown in D.C. Philadelphia 34, Washington 17

Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas Cowboys: Schedule is certainly getting tougher for the Cowboys here and they’ll be dropping to 10-5, two games behind the Eagles and officially bringing an end to the race for the NFC East. Indianapolis 33, Dallas 27

Week 17

Philadelphia Eagles @ New York Giants: If the Eagles need this game, they can take it. I think they get it done, go to 13-3 and earn themselves a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. Philadelphia 24, New York 10

Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins: An easy win for the Cowboys to lock up an 11-5 record, which gets them the No. 5 seed in the playoffs and potentially sets up an Eagles-Cowboys game in the Divisional round. Dallas 32, Washington 7

How do you think the season will play out? Comment below.