This post pains me . .. and even though the Giants have only their pride and dignity to play for (if even that) football will still go on:( with that being said lets get down to business at hand . .the NFC East .. and week 17 .. the road to the big one.
Last meeting Dallas won 20-16 at Philadelphia on Nov. 8, After that the Cowboys went 4-3 after that, while Philly went 6-1 and then led the NFC East. Sunday's winner gets the title and perhaps a bye in the first round of the postseason.
Both teams are playing good ball right now.
Iggles are 11-4 and the Boys are 10-5
Go back a year ago to the wild-card race, Dallas went into Philadelphia and the Igs put their lights out 44-6. Sunday the game is in Dallas.
If Philadelphia wins, they will get a first round bye and a guaranteed home playoff game. If Dallas wins, they will host a home game, but will need lots of help to get the bye.
Can the Cowboys answer to last years dismiss? Will the Eagles reign? Who wants this one more?
This should be a huge game . . so who you got?
Oh, yeah! Go Cowboys!
The Dallas Cowboys are not the same as last year or the most part of this year. lol, the 'Boys seem to have a new attitude since the New Orleans Saints game. They know they are playing for the head coaches job for one thing (players like him) and some players may not be back next year.
I am hoping for a Cowboy victory and think we can.We beat them in Philly, and the defense and Romo are playing well, so....I will say Philadelphia-20 Dallas-24
I gotta go with the Eagles. Both them and the boys are playing great football right now. But the Iggles really seem to be on fire . GO CHARGERS !
Sorry Tony but Im going with Michael on this one . . and taking the Cowboys. . .and the way I see it . it all starts with Romo Romo, and right now he has taken complete control of his game. And that alone makes the Cowboys dangerous.
And Philadelphia had another OL injury. They lose their starting center. That is a big loss and will allow Dallas' pass rush another avenue to go after McNabb.
I still can't believe they didn't pick this for the Sunday night game.
This game has more impact than any other game on any day this weekend. This should be nationally televised. I hope I can see it this Sunday.
I dont think they really have the choice. . . i think it has to with the contract agreements.. .and this week goes to the AFC game...
bengals jets . .which also should be a great game..and with all the hype that Ocho is trashing up . .how could it not be a good one!
No, they have a choice. And the Bengals not only will be playing for nothing by gametime, the Bengals and Jets will be playing again in the wildcard. So there's very little chance it will be anything more than a preseason game.
Exactly! I would be surprised to see the Bengal starters in the 2nd half even. It will turn into a "preseason type" game before it is over.
Eye . when i said they dont have the choice it is because it goes alot deeper than just the flex schedule. .
Look into the way "flexible scheduling" works and it only is to the viewers advantage when everybody involved, namely the different networks who broadcast games, are on the same page. FOX knows they will probably get huge ratings for the Eagles and Cowboys and they dont want to give that up to NBC. And I am sorry I do not agree with you about the Bengals and the Jets playing for nothing.
If the Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night, the Jets will be the fifth seed and will almost certainly face the Bengals in the wild-card round the next weekend. Rematches are not that unusual in the playoffs. It has happened nine times since 1990, most recently in 2004, when the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos played on successive weekends. In the 2001 season, the Jets played the Oakland Raiders in the regular-season finale and then played again in the wild-card round. Jets fans may not want to remember the outcomes, though.
If the Bengals lose to the jets it would most likely make them the fourth seed even if the New England Patriots lose Sunday to Houston.
That would leave the Patriots and the Bengals tied at 10-6, but New England holds a comfortable lead in the strength of victory tie breaker. There is only a very small chance the Bengals could overtake the Patriots in strength of victory.
The variables can go on and on . .and we can talk about this more Monday but....my question is it conceivable that the Bengals will sit their starters and allow a Jets win in order to face the Jets again in the more important playoff game the following week?
Thy absolutely have a choice. The networks are not allowed to protect any games in week 17, specifically so the most important game can be scheduled as the Sunday night game. And it benefits the viewer most if the best game is available to everyone who wants to watch it. Fox's great ratings aren't gonna make me feel any better if I didn't get to watch the game because the local affiliate was required to carry the Lions game instead.
Since the Patriots are going to beat the Texans and the Bengals will know that they already are the fourth seed regardless of what they do against the Jets, all of that will be irrelevant and the fact that the Bengals and Jets are going to play again the next week is all the more reason the Bengals will want to play as if it is a preseason game.
The Eagles and Cowboys are playing for the NFC East championship no matter what happens in the other 15 games. If the Giants win, the Eagles can be either a No. 2 seed or a No. 6 seed depending on whether they win. If Green Bay also wins, then both of them are playing for either the 2 or 6 seed. There's not one aspect of the Bengals-Jets game that even begins to compare to the Eagle-Cowboys game.
I'll go with Cowboys, they are playing at home and I think Ware and Cowboys pass-rush will harass McNabb. I don't think Eagles can get into the Superbowl, their offense is on fire now, but still it's too one-dimensional.
this is out of the topic, but I wish Steelers will show more what theyve got, more wins..
as for Dallas and Eagles difficult to have a choice
I prefer Eagles to win,
Eagles are playing solid right now, but it's an away game for them. Cowboys offense is on-off (much like the Eagles, but more extreme), so they are hit-or-miss.
The Eagles finish well , but then again they know they're already in the playoffs no matter what. The Cowboys have much more to lose and will be playing their hearts out during this game.
My prediction: Eagles will win, plain and simple. Then again, I'm an Eagles fan
the only thing on the line is the division and 1st round bye from playoffs.
Well I am disappointed with the way the Eagles performed on both sides of the ball. But does it make next weeks game against the Cowboys more worthwhile? I sure hope so. Things just got interesting in my opinion.
jobister ~ I'm disappointed too...just couldn't execute. we'll get 'em next week!
jobs . .drej . .
but if the Boys keep playing the way they have been . .. Im not so sure bout that one . ..
I think the Boys in Dallas have found their groove.. their swagger .. call it whatever .. fact is they got it and they got it at the right time.
I'm being optimistic...The cow'girls' look good and deserve to be the NFC East champions. However, there is one factor that may be valid. It's the Romo factor. He has never performed well in the playoffs...until he proves otherwise, it is still relevant.
Of course, now that I said that, he will end up having an amazing game! I love inserting foot in mouth!
shoulda coulda but didnt
its was nice to see the Rex Ryan MarK Sanchez era begin.......even if they go no further. . .Rookie Sanchez has lots to be proud of. .. I see some good chemistry...
Eye . . its the NFL and post season is now at its beginning... its anyone bowl at the end of the tunnel:)
expect the unpredictable
I'm not totally sold on Sanchez. Yeah Jets got into the playoffs, but it's hardly because of him. I don't know why do people every time a rookie QB has season that is not disaster, think that he will become a star. Sanchez had 160 yd per game, threw 20 picks (12TD) and had passer rating of 63. That's not any better than Joey Harrington did as a rookie. And Sanchez had good receivers, good offensive line and very good RB tandem.
He played well in the first 4 or 5 games and then he completely fell apart. The Sanchez era will be very short if he plays like he did in the second half of the season next year.
The Jets got into the playoffs because the Colts and Bengals all but forfeited their last two games.
p.s. isnt there something that says . .defense wins championships???
so 'they' say...
I've always said that if I were to start a football team, I would get the best 2 corners in the league and build around them...I get ridiculed for this statement because people tend to think the quarterback is the most important position. Hrmmm...
I am a fan of good defense and running game, but let's be objective, there is not a single position in football that can have as much impact on the game as QB. This does not mean that you must have an outstanding QB to win games, but superstar QB will help you win games more than superstar on any other position. And yeah, he does need O-line, running game and receivers to be effective, but so does any CB need solid pass-rush or he will eventually get burned.
I mean common, seriously, you can't tell me that you would rather have D.Revis or C.Bailey instead of P.Manning or T.Brady???
I think the Eagles defense played conservative in the first half and their offense could not connect on the big plays. In the second half it was the offense that started playing conservatively (maybe they knew their fate and put all their trick plays on the shelf for next week).
I think the Cowboys played well, but they exposed all of their plays and Romo isn't going to start throwing the ball to Roy Williams anytime soon. I hope the Eagles learn from their mistakes this week and capitalize when it really matters.
I'm not completely sold on the Eagles' running attack and in with that said, the Cowboys have the upper hand.
With that said, I think the team with that can generate a pass rush and apply pressure to the other team's quarterback will win this one.
Being a Giants fan, I of course dislike both teams Since I hate Jerry Jones, I'll go with the Seagulls in this one (despite the fact that swept us this year).
Donovan McNabb deserves a ring
Prediction: Eagles 31 Cowboys 28
Thank you both. As an Eagles fan that was exactly the pick-up I needed!
Maybe they really were just playing conservatively so that they didn't show their bag of tricks to the cowboys.
I was just upset I couldn't watch the game because our local fox station showed the deadskins...again...when no one really cared about their season.
Anyway, I agree- McNabb and Reid deserve rings. I am just not sure they'll make it all the way with many of their star players being relative noobies in the NFL (in their 1st-3rd year). The playoffs are where the veterans step it up under the pressure and come through.
drej, I've tried the whole video game build a team with the PS2 and did exactly that... start with the CB/DB's first. It appears to work in fantasy land, I donno why it wouldn't in reality!
dohn.... a Gman!! Awesome, didn't know. I agree that the Igglypigglies will destroy the Boys.... McNabb being the difference maker. Romo... he needs ... I donno what he needs.. maybe he should drink a few "Ovechkins" before the game or something.
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