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Monday, September 15, 2008
Taking you inside tonight's game


Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

IRVING, Texas -- As most of you know, Donovan McNabb and the Eagles love to take shots downfield. McNabb is the master of the "waggle," which allows him to get about three or four yards deeper in the pocket than most quarterbacks and take advantage of his big arm.

From what I've been told, the Cowboys plan to let McNabb nickel and dime them all evening. You'll see them line up in Cover 3 quite a bit, and they'll keep everything in front of him. For an aggressive cornerback like Adam Jones, it's more important than ever to be patient and not become frustrated when Brian Westbrook and L.J. Smith catch a lot of short passes.

The Cowboys want to "tackle the catch" instead of "contesting the catch" in tonight's game. They don't want McNabb taking potshots at their cornerbacks. In the past, safety Roy Williams has gotten hurt by racing up and trying to contest catches. In this game, he'll be off the field in a lot of passing situations. I think the Cowboys will match up cornerback Anthony Henry on L.J. Smith in a lot of packages. Jones will end covering DeSean Jackson most of the night.

But the biggest priority of all for the Cowboys will be slowing down Westbrook. They'll try to take away the running game early and make the Eagles one-dimensional.

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