Sunday, December 12, 2010
Welcome to Arlington: It's Vick vs. Ware
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- While its snowing in the midwest, we have beautiful but cool weather here as the Cowboys host the Eagles tonight. It's the first of two meetings in the last four weeks of the season between these NFC East rivals. The Cowboys have played no team more than the Eagles. This is the 103rd meeting, and the Cowboys own a 58-44 mark lifetime.
Now to what's happening.
Cowboys update (4-8): Marion Barber is out for today's game with a strained calf so expect Felix Jones to start and Tashard Choice to also get a bulk of the carries today. DeMarcus Ware has 1.5 sacks the last three weeks and none at Indianapolis last week. Out of his 74 career sacks, Ware has just half a sack against Michael Vick. Against the Eagles, Ware has 6.5 sacks. Ware said he's got to play fundamental this week because Vick will take off on him for big yards if he scrambles. If the Cowboys lose today, they are elminated from postseason contention.
Cowboys inactives: QB Tony Romo, RB Marion Barber, LB Kenwin Cummings, OLB Victor Butler, DE Clifton Geathers, C Phil Costa, OT Sam Young, OT Jermey Parnell
Eagles update (8-4): The Eagles are tied for first-place in the NFC East with the New York Giants and have to wait until Monday evening to see if they will still be tied. The Giants will play the Vikings in Detroit on Monday afternoon due to the snow storm in Minneapolis causing damage to the Metrodome (Mall of America Field). Eagles corner Asante Samuel will miss his third consecutive game with a knee injury. Joselio Hanson replaces him in the starting lineup. Also, right tackle Winston Justice is out and it's possible King Dunlap will take his place in the lineup. Vick has completed at least 60 percent of his passes the last three games and is a leading MVP candidate.
Eagles inactives: QB Mike Kafka, CB Asante Samuel, CB Brandon Hughes, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, OT Austin Howard, OT Winston Justice, TE Garrett Mills, LB Omar Gaither
Scouts scheduled to attend: New Orleans
Officials: Referee -- Terry McAulay, Umpire -- Paul King, Head Linesman -- Greg Bradley, Line Judge -- Mark Steinkerchner, Field Judge -- Terry Brown, Side Judge -- Michael Banks, Back Judge -- Greg Steed, Instant Replay -- Earnie Frantz.