Preview: Philadelphia at Dallas
When: 4:30 PM ET, Thursday, November 27, 2014
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
The Dallas Cowboys have a pretty short turnaround after playing the late game on the road Sunday but should not lack energy when they take on the visiting Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Thanksgiving game on Thursday. The Cowboys and the Eagles enter the weekend tied for first in the NFC East and both are coming off impressive victories. Dallas had the luxury of a bye in Week 11 before the grind of two games in five days.
The Cowboys had to battle back from a 21-10 halftime deficit and earned a 31-28 win at the New York Giants on Sunday when Tony Romo found Dez Bryant in the end zone with 1:01 left. “It’s our job as coaches to make sure we understand the physical burden that they’ve been under,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett told reporters. “…But having said that we’ve got to get their minds forward and get ready for this next challenge.” The Eagles, who lead the NFC in total offense, will represent the biggest challenge for the Cowboys defense, which is surrendering an average of 355 yards.
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Cowboys -3. O/U: 54.5
ABOUT THE EAGLES (8-3): Philadelphia fell on its face in a 53-20 loss at Green Bay on Nov. 16 but bounced right back on Sunday as LeSean McCoy ran for 130 yards and a score in a 43-24 win over the Tennessee Titans. The Eagles are undefeated within the division and earned a 24-22 win at Dallas in the final week of the regular season to lock up the NFC East crown in 2013. "We're not talking about first-place games because they don't crown a champion after Thursday's game," Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly told reporters. "We're just excited about the opportunity to go play against a really good team."
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (8-3): Romo missed that Week 17 loss to the Eagles last season after undergoing back surgery but is rounding into health after another back scare a few weeks ago and threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns against the Giants. Romo was on the field with most of his teammates for Monday’s walk-through as the team accelerates it usual practice week. Taking some pressure off Romo is running back DeMarco Murray, who had his 10th 100-yard game of the season on Sunday and leads the league in rushing.
1. Cowboys S Jeff Heath and DL Jack Crawford are both expected to undergo thumb surgery and miss the game.
2. Philadelphia QB Mark Sanchez has thrown two INTs in each of the last two games.
3. Dallas is 5-0 on the road but just 3-3 at home.
PREDICTION: Eagles 38, Cowboys 35
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