|Last 3 Games||0-3||-3||0-3||2-1||17.0||8.3||312.3||(5.3)||2.7||33.0||13.7||351.0||(6.5)||0.0|
|Offense (All Games)||16.7||6.0||21.2||30:42||28-130||(4.7)||22-38||58.8%||227||(6)||65-357||(5.5)||(21.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||11.6||20||30:28||27-118||(4.3)||21-35||61.7%||236||(6.8)||62-354||(5.7)||(15.7)|
|Offense Road Games||11.2||3.2||20.0||30:34||25-131||(5.3)||22-42||51.9%||212||(5)||67-343||(5.1)||(30.6)|
|Defense (All Games)||25.6||13.5||19.0||29:40||28-119||(4.2)||19-32||60.6%||227||(7.1)||60-346||(5.8)||(13.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.2||11.7||20.3||30:12||25-103||(4.1)||23-37||61.7%||255||(6.8)||62-358||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Defense Road Games||23.6||15.0||17.0||29:26||29-129||(4.4)||17-28||61.6%||187||(6.8)||57-315||(5.6)||(13.4)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.1||1.4||2.5||-1.5||14-5||37.9%||1-1||53.8%||4-73||(20.6)||2-14||(7.9)||7-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.2||13-5||37.4%||1-0||55.7%||3-68||(22.9)||21-2||(9.3)||7-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.4||1.6||3.0||-1.8||16-6||38.5%||1-1||57.1%||3-58||(20.6)||2-17||(10.4)||8-68|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.6||0.3||0.9|| ||12-5||37.2%||1-0||14.3%||3-72||(26.3)||3-38||(13.5)||8-69|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.5||1.5|| ||13-5||38.3%||1-0||47.7%||3-65||(24.7)||20-2||(9)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.8||0.4||1.2|| ||12-5||38.7%||1-0||0.0%||2-57||(25.9)||3-35||(10.9)||7-63|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+0.5||1-2||2-1||30.7||4.3||357.3||(5.5)||1.3||27.0||16.0||372.3||(5.9)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||22.0||6.6||21.4||31:46||22-79||(3.5)||28-42||66.7%||297||(7)||65-376||(5.8)||(17.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.3||11.1||19.9||30:12||26-111||(4.3)||22-36||62.1%||245||(6.8)||62-356||(5.8)||(16.7)|
|Offense Home Games||22.4||6.0||24.0||32:12||17-39||(2.3)||35-53||65.0%||349||(6.6)||70-388||(5.5)||(17.3)|
|Defense (All Games)||23.8||12.2||18.0||29:03||27-110||(4.1)||19-30||62.6%||219||(7.2)||57-329||(5.7)||(13.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||23.9||11.8||19.7||30:06||27-118||(4.3)||20-33||60.9%||230||(6.9)||61-348||(5.7)||(14.6)|
|Defense Home Games||26.2||16.2||16.4||29:35||29-106||(3.7)||17-29||57.6%||207||(7.2)||58-313||(5.4)||(12)|
|Stats For (All Games)||1.4||0.7||2.1||-1.0||13-5||41.4%||1-1||66.7%||2-51||(21.5)||2-24||(10.4)||8-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.8||2||2.5||13-5||38.5%||1-0||46.3%||3-67||(22.9)||22-2||(9.7)||6-55|
|Stats For (Home Games)||2.4||1.2||3.6||-2.2||14-5||38.6%||1-1||66.7%||3-57||(21.8)||2-19||(9.5)||7-52|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.6||1.1|| ||13-5||36.0%||1-1||60.0%||3-69||(22.2)||2-9||(5.5)||7-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.5||1.5|| ||13-5||37.0%||1-0||54.1%||3-69||(23.9)||17-2||(8.6)||6-52|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.6||0.8||1.4|| ||14-5||36.2%||1-0||66.7%||3-58||(18)||2-15||(8.1)||7-62|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PHILADELPHIA 21.5, DALLAS 22.5|
|11/5/2012||@ NEW ORLEANS||13-28||L||3||L||52.5||U||29-221||22-41-226||2||25-140||21-27-231||2|
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|12/9/2012||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/13/2012||CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||PHILADELPHIA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||@ CINCINNATI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ WASHINGTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|PHILADELPHIA: Philly has returned to a relatively balanced offensive attack, finishing middle of the pack in run/pass balance in 2011. The running game really took off after the arrival of offensive line guru Howard Mudd last season, and they're now one of the league's most effective zone-blocking teams. Head coach Andy Reid admitted that LeSean McCoy was overworked last season, so look for him to get closer to about 70 percent of the team's reps rather than the 80-plus percent he got last year. Either Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown or Chris Polk will pick up the rest. All four backs are capable of playing three downs. McCoy will get the vast majority of the team's red zone touches. The Eagles' West Coast is aggressive attacking downfield. Despite last year's issues, DeSean Jackson downfield is still this team's No. 1 option, especially when quarterback Michael Vick is able to buy time with his legs. Tight end Brent Celek emerged as a legitimate No. 2 target underneath, though Jeremy Maclin could have a bigger role now that he's entering training camp 100 percent healthy. Every once in awhile, they'll have a game plan specific to slot receiver Jason Avant, but his role will be limited as long as their top three pass catchers are healthy. They also feature McCoy and the backs heavily in the screen game. When they throw near the goal line, they look to run some sort of play-action or other misdirection and get the ball primarily to Celek. The loss of Asante Samuel hurts the Philadelphia defense, but plenty of talent remains in the secondary, most notably shutdown corners Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. There's also plenty of talent up front with DEs Jason Babin (18 sacks) and Trent Cole (11 sacks). Babin made a great decision following DL coach Jim Washburn back to Philly to play in the 'wide nine' formation, and it resulted in six multi-sack performances in 2011. Philly's blitz-happy scheme keeps defenses from doubling Babin, and the presence of Cole, one of the NFL's most consistent defensive linemen, helps open things up even more. The weakness of this defense in 2011 was the linebacking corps, which is where former Texans LB DeMeco Ryans comes in. His best years in Houston were as a 4-3 middle linebacker before the Texans switched to a 3-4 a year ago. A likely three-down 4-3 MLB in Philly, he's a solid bounce-back candidate and, as long as he can remain healthy, the productive middle man the Eagles have been lacking since Jeremiah Trotter. |
|DALLAS: Although new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan comes in with a reputation as one of the better zone blocking coaches, he does have experience coaching power schemes as well. The Cowboys have gotten younger and more athletic on the line, and they're capable of mixing in zone stuff, but don't expect wholesale changes in Callahan's first year. As far as the running back rotation, DeMarco Murray will take almost all the snaps on first and second down, while third down will likely belong to Felix Jones. This is still an aggressive Air Coryell offense. They worked out of a three-receiver base last year, though whether they do again will depend on the development of Kevin Ogletree as Laurent Robinson's replacement. It's a pick-your-poison offense of top-to-bottom reads, where Dez Bryant is often the first look. The double teams he drew are what opened up room for Robinson and Romo's security blanket from a year ago, tight end Jason Witten. Miles Austin still has a big role as well, as they'll put him in motion to create mismatches in the middle of the field. He'll slide to the slot when they play three WRs. The screen game is a weapon they use with some frequency, mostly when Felix Jones is on the field. The Cowboys are still pass-heavy in the red zone, where Dez Bryant is their preferred target. Austin also has a big role, and Witten is used on play-action near the goal line. The Cowboys know they need to improve on defense, and drafting the top DB in college, Morris Claiborne, was a good first step in the right direction. OLB DeMarcus Ware (19.5 sacks in 2011) will always keep Dallas near the top of the sack charts, and he was also second in the league in non-sack pressures (40.5 knockdowns and hurries). Sean Lee showed off some impressive ball skills in intercepting four passes from the linebacker position. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-DALLAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Murray expected to play)
*Eagles-Cowboys Preview* ========================
By SANTOSH VENKATARAMAN STATS Senior Writer
As bad as things are going for the Dallas Cowboys, it's that much worse for the Philadelphia Eagles.
These injury-plagued NFC East rivals meet Sunday night at Cowboys Stadium, with the Eagles out to avoid their longest losing streak in 44 years.
Dallas (5-6) is tied for second place in the division with Washington, two games behind the Super Bowl champion New York Giants. The Cowboys went 6-10 two years ago and 8-8 last season, and haven't shown any improvement in 2012.
"I knew that we were in a league that has a lot of competition, but I thought we'd be better," owner Jerry Jones said.
At least Dallas still has playoff hopes, with the last wild-card team in the NFC currently holding a 6-5 record.
The same can't be said for Philadelphia (3-8), which has lost seven straight for the longest slide of coach Andy Reid's tenure. Reid is doing his best to avoid speculation that he will be fired.
"I'm coaching to get ready to get after the Cowboys," Reid said. "That's what I'm coaching to do and I don't go beyond that."
Reid once again won't have his full complement of stars as Philadelphia seeks to avoid its longest losing streak since an 0-11 start in 1968.
Michael Vick has missed the last two games with a concussion and LeSean McCoy sat out Monday's 30-22 home loss to Carolina as he tries to recover from a concussion. DeSean Jackson was placed on injured reserve after he sustained multiple rib fractures against the Panthers.
With Vick out, rookie Nick Foles will likely make his third straight start. Foles has thrown for 542 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in three games since replacing Vick during a 38-23 home loss to the Cowboys on Nov. 11.
"The big thing is you just look at games and I feel like we've run the offense well and we've just got to eliminate mistakes," said Foles, who had two turnovers in the first meeting with Dallas.
Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox injured his tailbone and offensive lineman King Dunlap sprained his knee Monday. Neither practiced Wednesday.
The Eagles signaled that change may be underway when they released two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin on Tuesday. Younger players like former high draft picks Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham are expected to get more playing time now.
Dallas has also endured plenty of injuries, although running back DeMarco Murray returned to practice Wednesday, and Jones says it "looks like" he'll play Sunday. Murray has missed the last six games with a sprained right foot, and the Cowboys rank last in the league with 78.7 rushing yards per game.
"It shouldn't matter who's back there," offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau said. "We should be able to make it clean for them to make the read and hit the holes."
Now the Cowboys' defense has sustained another injury, with linebacker Bruce Carter out for the season with a dislocated left elbow. Carter was a replacement for Sean Lee, out for the year with a big toe injury.
Veteran Dan Connor will now call the plays for a defense that will also be missing cornerback Orlando Scandrick, out with a broken right hand.
The Eagles' defense, meanwhile, has allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw for 13 touchdowns and no interceptions over the last five games. Tony Romo had two touchdowns in the first meeting and needs one Sunday for his 166th to break a tie with Hall of Famer Troy Aikman for the most in franchise history.
While Philadelphia faces a short week to get ready, Dallas has not played since turning in one of its worst defensive efforts in last Thursday's 38-31 home loss to Washington. The Cowboys allowed rookie Robert Griffin III to throw for four touchdowns - the first time a quarterback has done that against them since Rex Grossman accomplished the feat two years ago, also with the Redskins.
The Cowboys once again struggled at home. They have faced deficits of 24, 23, 13 and 25 points in their last four games at Jones' $1 billion stadium.
"I think we're not consistent," Jones said. "You have to create some consistency really at any part of what you're doing, special teams as well as offense and defense."
Dallas allowed its second-highest rushing total of 149 yards on Thanksgiving, but may not catch a break if McCoy is out. Bryce Brown was one of the few bright spots Monday for the Eagles with a club rookie record of 178 yards rushing and two scores in his first career start.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:46:10 AM EST|