As you know, our Eagles are coming up on a huge game against the Dallas Cowboys. In this game, there will be plenty of important positional match-ups. If we can win the better amount of these match-ups, we should come out on top. Let’s look at some of these match-up’s.
Romo vs. McNabb
Yes, the big quarterback battle. These two offensive leaders are taking each other on to find out who the best QB in the NFC East is. It will be interesting watching each of them trying their hardest to get their offense rolling.
I believe McNabb will have the better day. One reason that leads me to that conclusion is their receiving core. McNabb has play maker Desean Jackson, Celek, and his new toy this year, Jeremy Maclin. The only possible threat that Romo has would obviously be Miles Austin, because I believe Sheldon Brown won’t have a tough time with Roy Williams. Still, if Asante plays like he has been, Austin shouldn’t be a problem either. One thing Romo may have on his side, though, is a running game. Unfortunately, I think the Cowboys will have an easier time establishing a running game with Marion Barber. Westbrook, who is set to start, is fresh off his injury and I don’t believe he will be on his A-game. One thing is for sure, both will be giving their all towards this very important game.
DeSean Jackson vs. Dallas Secondary
Very, very important match-up in this game. DeSean is a bona fide play maker on this Eagles offense. We NEED him to get the offense going with a big play early in the game. It is an understatement to say that Terence Newman has his hands full, and has great responsibility. He has to contain Jackson, and not allow any bombs completed. Hopefully, DeSean’s explosive speed will be enough to beat the secondary in the beginning of the game, and later in the game maybe adding the double move. Again, this match-up is extremely important, and may be a game decider.
Jason Witten vs. Brent Celek
Celek wins, period. It’s not even a question. Witten has struggled to find the end zone this year with only one TD reception that was back in week 2. Yes, I know Witten is third in the NFL in receiving yards, but I just have a feeling he won’t be a problem. Honestly, no one knows, he could be a game changer. On the other hand, I believe the Cowboys may have a tough time with Celek. I am projecting Celek with one touchdown pass with 40 receiving yards, with Witten with no TD’s and around 50 receiving yards.
Eagles Defense vs. Cowboys Defense
This is another extremely important match-up. Our Eagles need to stop Romo from having a big game. If Romo has a good game, the whole Cowboy offense will have a good game. That will mean a bad game for the Eagles D. Part of stopping Romo has to do with the defensive backs. We need good down field coverage to allow Trent Cole and the defensive line to pressure Romo. Everyone knows that good down field coverage along with pressuring the quarterback will lead to many interceptions. One more thing our D has to do is not to allow Marion Barber to have a big game. It is very frustrating watching a game were your team is letting up 5-10 yards every carry, we can’t allow that. What the Cowboys have to do is stop DeSean from getting down field (very tough to do). They also need to stop any sort of running game we throw at them. I have trust in our Eagles defense to step up on Sunday