The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys are annual participants in one of the most enduring rivalries in all of the National Football League (NFL). They are also members of the East Division in the National Football Conference (NFC). And, most importantly, they are two teams struggling to find their identity and a winning formula.
Prior to the start of the current 2015-2016 Season, analysts believed that the Cowboys, this weekend’s home team, would easily win divisional honors and move on to postseason play. Those same analysts also thought that the Eagles, a squad that has had a huge makeover with lots of changes in personnel, would mount a challenge to the anticipated supremacy of the team from “Big D.”
To date, however, neither team has managed to live up to its pre-season expectations. The Eagles, under the leadership of quarterback Sam Bradford, have had trouble scoring in many games and difficulty in defending, as well. After seven games, the squad from “the city of brotherly love” has managed to win just three of seven games.
The Dallas Cowboys have also played seven games and have won only two of them. America’s team can point to injuries as the reason for its disappointing on-field performances. The team’s franchise quarterback, Tony Romo, was injured in the first game of the season and remains “on the shelf” as the Cowboys prepare to play their eighth game of the year.
Dallas has also had to compete without its superstar wide receiver, Dez Bryant. He missed six games as the result of an injury and finally returned to the gridiron last weekend in a very limited role.
While it is certainly true that injuries affect all teams in the National Football League and that coaches expect back-up players to “step up and fill the void,” few squads can withstand the injuries to key players that have so far dismantled the season for the Cowboys.
That said, Dallas has a very solid defense. Tony Romo has resumed practicing, but will not be available this weekend. And Dez Bryant, with one game under his belt, should be ready to dramatically improve his performance.
For its part, Philadelphia remains something of an enigma. It plays well at times, but performs poorly far more frequently. The massive overhaul of player personnel seems to have impacted this squad in a negative fashion.
Of course, the Eagles still have many good players and are capable of elevating their game at any time. This Sunday’s contest between these two long-time divisional rivals is probably the most important game each will have played so far this season.
A win is critically important for both squads if they want to reach the postseason. It is impossible to predict which squad will prevail. But the home field advantage may prove helpful to the team from the Lone Star state.
Courtesy of Maguzz.com