Philadelphia Eagles On The Road Again


Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles cornerback

Brandon Boykin

(22) celebrates with running back

LeSean McCoy

(25) after the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles On The Road Again

A year ago, the road trip to Arlington Texas ended on a very happy note for the Philadelphia Eagles, and not so much for the Dallas Cowboys. In that game, the Eagles continued the Dallas Cowboys third straight year of losing a divisional “winner take all” game in the last game of the season, and falling to an 8-8 record. The Eagles finished the season as the Cinderella team of the NFL at 10-6, and hosted the playoff savvy New Orleans Saints.

Now at the home stretch, the Philadelphia Eagles are at 8-3, but all three losses have come facing potentially playoff caliber teams on the road.   Until the Eagles can defeat a quality opponent on the road, they are placing themselves on a path of facing that quality on the road if they can get to post season.   This year, even at 8-3, there is no guarantee of  that.

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So that brings us to this weekend and the showdown of the NFC East.  With the complete meltdown of the NFC South division, the remaining three NFC divisions have plenty of teams in the hunt for post season play.   That makes every division game, and particularly games between the division leaders, particularly important for post season formula that will be on everyone’s mind in a month.

So this year we have the 2-3 road record of the Philadelphia Eagles facing the 3-3 home record of the Dallas Cowboys on a short week.  Typically those short weeks strongly favor the home team.  But this year, the NFL placed Dallas in the Sunday Night Football matchup against the New York Giants.  In essence, they’ve “evened” the odds but giving both teams the same travel.

So who have either team beaten?

The Philadelphia Eagles did travel to the Indianapolis Colts and win a game against one of the best offenses this year by virtually shutting down Andrew Luck.   The Dallas Cowboys did travel to Seattle and won a game in the midst of a locker-room (see Percy Harvin‘s release) discord that has since been resolved.  Both teams have lost to the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.   Dallas lost both games in their stadium, while the Eagles lost their games on the west coast.  The Cowboy’s third loss came at the hands of the Washington Redskins while the Eagles have lost to the Green Bay Packers.

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    It boils down to which team plays better in head to head competition.   This week’s game with the Dallas Cowboys will make a huge statement to which team represents the NFC East.    May the best team win.