Monday, December 19, 2011
Eagles have had Cowboys number in December
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Philadelphia has failed to meet the “dream team” expectations many had for it when the season started, but the Eagles are not dead.
They will come to Cowboys Stadium on Saturday with real playoff hopes, even at 6-8.
If Philadelphia wins its last two games and the New York Giants lose to the Jets and beat the Cowboys, then the Eagles will win the NFC East.
Be afraid. Be very afraid.
The Eagles punished Rex Ryan’s New York Jets on Sunday, 45-19, for their second straight win. They tore apart the Jets the way they tore apart the Cowboys and Rob Ryan’s defense on Oct. 30 at Lincoln Financial Field.
And there’s this: Andy Reid has lost only once to the Cowboys in December in seven games as Philadelphia's head coach. That came in 1999, his first year. Since then the Eagles’ six victories have been by an average margin of 17 points. Reid has a 37-15 record in December as a head coach.
But the calendar means nothing, as Jason Garrett has reminded us, so let's point out the fact that the Cowboys have beat the Eagles in their last two rematches. They shut out Philadelphia, 24-0, in 2009 and won at Lincoln Financial Field last season, 14-13, in January regular-season games.