After a satisfactory win by the Philadelphia Eagles over the San Francisco 49ers, the Eagles clinched the playoffs for the eighth time in ten years. Quite an impressive feat. However, the Dallas Cowboys are not too far behind. Tony Romo will seek redemption in the month of December, and it has already begun with a win over the New Orleans Saints. And the Cowboys will have another opportunity in the last regular season game with the Eagles.
The Denver Broncos come first in the last of two games. They were embarrassed by the Oakland Raiders recently, so these two teams will have something in common. Aside from this, they have two other things in common, two Philadelphia Eagle alumni in their roster – Correll Buckhalter and Brian Dawkins. Although second string to Keyshawn Moreno, Correll Buckhalter has had a couple of 100 yard games, albeit with poor defenses of the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. And Brian Dawkins still remains Weapon X, if not more. He’s sporting the orange color of Classic Wolverine’s suit and doing just about as damage for the Broncos third-ranked defense. Brian Dawkins won’t be happy when comes face to face with the Eagles tenth-ranked offense. The Philadelphia Eagles offense may be good, but the question remains whether they can contain a rabid, angry Wolverine. Unfortunately, the Philadelphia Eagles offense is no Brotherhood, and Donovan McNabb is no Magneto. Kyle Orton remains efficient with a 88.9 rating, and he has a major threat in Brandon Marshall. Brandon Marshall already has a 1,000 yard season, and will seek to only add to his totals. The Eagles 11th ranked defense should be able to contain these threats; but Donovan McNabb will have to stare into the mouth of the Beast and escape both the sacks or interceptions that may come from Brian Dawkins.
Tony Romo and crew will be the Philadelphia Eagles last regular season opponent. Their third-offense with the compilation of Miles Austin, Roy Williams and the running back corps. Miles Austin has essentially become the Cowboys counterpart to the Eagles DeSean Jackson, although just not quite as versatile. He has become a dangerous weapon for Tony Romo and averages 17.2 yards per reception. Roy Williams is not too far behind him at 16.1 yards per reception. The three-headed running corps consists of Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Marion Barber is their consistent redzone threat. Meanwhile, Felix Jones remains the most potent Cowboys running threat, averaging 6.2 yards per carry, and Tashard Choice a close second at 5.5 yards per carry. The Philadelphia Eagles defense will have a challenge containing these multiple threats of the Cowboys. DeMarcus Ware and Terrence Newman are both integral parts of Cowboys 14th-ranked defense. The Cowboys defense is nowhere near the threat they once were, but they still remain dangerous.
Can the Eagles win both games against the Broncos and the Cowboys? Yes and yes. The catch is the gameplan that works for one won’t for the other.