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Friday, December 23, 2011
Cowboys get second look at Philly D

By Todd Archer



IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will get their second chance at a Juan Castillo-led defense on Saturday when Philadelphia visits Cowboys Stadium.

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Not much went right in the first meeting because the Cowboys held the ball for a season-low 17 minutes, 51 seconds and ran only 49 plays.

After seeing a Jim Johnson-type defense for years, the Cowboys hope to have a better understanding of what Castillo likes to do.

“It’s slightly different,” quarterback Tony Romo said. “They do a couple of things that are similar, but they’re overall approach is a little different. They’ve been blitzing a little more and pressuring a little more recently, so we’ll have to be prepared for that and go from there.”

Castillo does not blitz as much as Johnson and his successor, Sean McDermott did. With defensive ends Jason Babin (18 sacks) and Trent Cole (nine sacks) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (5.5 sacks), the Eagles do not have to blitz as much.

“You know how they want to attack you and the defensive ends and the pressure they create, you’ve got to be able to handle that,” tight end Jason Witten said. “It’s going to be big for the receivers, the backs and the tight ends when we get the ball in our hands to maximize that yardage because they thrive when you’re in those negative down and distances where they can pin their ears back.”