Eagles vs. Cowboys, Head to Head

Who wins the all-important Sunday battle? If Philadelphia pulls it off, they're within striking distance of taking the NFC East.

Quarterbacks

DAL: Tony Romo played terribly on Thanksgiving, but is it fair to say that it was an abberation on an otherwise quality season?

PHI: Mark Sanchez played in control against the Cowboys, but found himself aggressively boxed in versus the Seahawks.

ADVANTAGE: Cowboys

Running Backs

DAL: DeMarco Murray's hard running sets him 500 yards away from Eric Dickerson's 30-year-old single-season record.

PHI: Despite a bad day against Seattle, LeSean McCoy is back to form, sitting well over 1000 yards following a few big performances in November.

ADVANTAGE: Push

Wide Receivers

DAL: Dez Bryant made one big catch on Thanksgiving, and was held in check mostly otherwise; Terrance Williams was invisible in that game.

PHI: Jeremy Maclin torched Brandon Carr and others in the midst of his best season; Jordan Matthews continues coming into his own.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Tight Ends

DAL: Jason Witten is in the midst of a regressive season; Garvin Escobar hasn't exactly stepped up in his stead.

PHI: Zach Ertz has cooled off after a strong start to the year; Brent Celek is used far more as a blocker than true pass catcher, but is effective.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Offensive Line

DAL: The great running blocking unit found itself dented and battered on Thanksgiving; Zack Martin does boost them as a whole.

PHI: Jason Peters once more is having an All-Pro season; Evan Mathis and Jason Kelce are back in primo form following injuries.

ADVANTAGE: Push

Defensive Line

DAL: A heavy rotation is at its best with time to substitute; Tyrone Crawford brings many hurries, while Henry Melton is the sack leader with five.

PHI: Fletcher Cox may be the best 3-4 end in the game not named J.J. Watt; Cedric Thornton quietly stuffs the run on the opposite end.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Linebackers

DAL: Rolando McClain's startling comeback is the story of the group; he's needed with Sean Lee and Justin Durant done for the year.

PHI: Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, and Mychal Kendricks prove to be vital in Bill Davis' pass rush, flying in from all sides.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

Secondary

DAL: Brandon Carr is as good as toast; Barry Church isn't perfect but makes plenty of plays for a mostly weak group.

PHI: Bradley Fletcher is Carr in green; Malcolm Jenkins' production has slipped in recent weeks, with Cary Williams carrying the unit.

AVANTAGE: Push

Special Teams

DAL: Dan Bailey remains mostly reliable, hitting 21 out of 24 field goal tries; Dwayne Harris has yet to break one this year.

PHI: Cody Parkey's gone 27 of 29 in his rookie campaign; Darren Sproles, Chris Polk, and Josh Huff have shown home-run potential as returners.

ADVANTAGE: Eagles

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