1:00 PM ET, October 20, 2013
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will be playing for first place in the NFC East on Sunday in Philadelphia, though the rivalry's usual list of playmakers suiting up is likely to be a little shorter.
The Eagles (3-3), already without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin for the season, are going into a second straight week without a definitive starter at quarterback as they look to snap an eight-game home losing streak.
Neither offense has sputtered much through six weeks.
The Eagles' third-ranked offense is averaging 449.8 yards, exactly 100 more than the Cowboys. Dallas (3-3) is second in scoring with 30.5 points per game while the Eagles are fourth at 27.7.
Fifty-one of the Eagles' 67 points the last two weeks have come with Nick Foles at quarterback after he replaced an injured Michael Vick late in the second quarter of a 36-21 win over the New York Giants in Week 5.
He played the whole game in last Sunday's 31-20 win at Tampa Bay while Vick suited up as the team's emergency quarterback to rest a hamstring injury.
"I feel really comfortable here. I feel comfortable with our personnel, our plays, everything," Foles said. "It helps when you have a great relationship with the players, the coaches, and when you go into the game you're all on the same page. ... Everybody stuck together, and it was another team win."
Foles is taking the majority of the reps in practice this week and is likely to start for a second week in place of Vick, who spoke to reporters on Thursday at the team's training complex after practice, and essentially ruled himself out.
"I don't want to push it too much and just let things happen naturally. It's going to be fun to watch. I look forward to watching Nick (Foles) play," Vick said. "I've had some great battles with the Dallas Cowboys and they've all been fun. Nick will get a chance to experience that."
Foles was named NFC offensive player of the week after throwing for 296 yards and three touchdowns while running for another against the Buccaneers.
He lost both games he played against the Cowboys last year, starting the last meeting, a 38-33 defeat at Dallas on Dec. 2.
With Maclin sidelined, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is having a resurgent season. He has 34 catches and is second in the league with 589 receiving yards. His five touchdowns are tied for sixth after he scored a total of six in the last two seasons.
The Eagles have the league's top-ranked rushing offense (178.5 per game), led by LeSean McCoy's league-high 630 yards. Despite missing the last game and a half, Vick is still in the top 20 with 307 yards. They've averaged 139.0 yards on the ground the last two weeks.
The Cowboys' 25th-ranked rushing offense (84.8 ypg) would be thrilled with that total, as Murray has 428 of their 509 yards on the ground. He left in the second quarter of the Cowboys' 31-16 win Sunday over Washington with an MCL sprain in his left knee.
"We have to be able to run the football well when DeMarco Murray is not our runner," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.
A week after throwing for 506 yards and five touchdowns in a loss to Denver, quarterback Tony Romo had 170 yards on 18 of 30 passing to direct the win over Washington.
He's thrown three interceptions in six games after tying his career high with 19 a season ago. His 70.2 completion percentage is better than any season total since taking over the starting job in 2006.
Romo is 7-6 as a starter against the Eagles.
Denver has taught both teams offense only goes so far. The Eagles allowed 52 points to the Broncos in Week 4 while the Cowboys surrendered 51 to the Broncos in Week 5.
The Cowboys are allowing 308.2 passing yards per game, ahead of only the Eagles (314.5) and Broncos (337.7).
The Dallas pass rush, already without defensive end Anthony Spencer, likely will be without Ware, who referred to himself as doubtful after straining his right quadriceps in the first quarter against Washington.
The Cowboys are 0-2 on the road, but the Eagles' home woes extend far beyond this 0-2 start.
They've lost eight in a row in Philadelphia for the first time since Sept. 20, 1936-Sept. 21, 1937. A ninth-straight home loss would set a franchise record.
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|Avg Points Allowed||22.1||28.0|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||DAL|
|Rush Yds Allowed||DAL|
Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Philadelphia leads 15-12|
|Dec 2, 2012||DAL 38, PHI 33|
|Nov 11, 2012||DAL 38, @PHI 23|
|Dec 24, 2011||DAL 7, PHI 20|
|Oct 30, 2011||DAL 7, @PHI 34|
|Jan 2, 2011||DAL 14, @PHI 13|
|Dec 12, 2010||DAL 27, PHI 30|
|Jan 9, 2010||DAL 34, PHI 14|
|Jan 3, 2010||DAL 24, PHI 0|
|Nov 8, 2009||DAL 20, @PHI 16|
|Dec 28, 2008||DAL 6, @PHI 44|
|Sep 15, 2008||DAL 41, PHI 37|
|Dec 16, 2007||DAL 6, PHI 10|
|Nov 4, 2007||DAL 38, @PHI 17|
|Dec 25, 2006||DAL 7, PHI 23|
|Oct 8, 2006||DAL 24, @PHI 38|
|Nov 14, 2005||DAL 21, @PHI 20|
|Oct 9, 2005||DAL 33, PHI 10|
|Dec 19, 2004||DAL 7, @PHI 12|
|Nov 15, 2004||DAL 21, PHI 49|
|Dec 7, 2003||DAL 10, @PHI 36|
|Oct 12, 2003||DAL 23, PHI 21|
|Dec 21, 2002||DAL 3, PHI 27|
|Sep 22, 2002||DAL 13, @PHI 44|
|Nov 18, 2001||DAL 3, PHI 36|
|Sep 30, 2001||DAL 18, @PHI 40|
The Cowboys have been splitting all five skill players out wide more frequently this season, with Tony Romo completing 75.0% of his passes out of those sets.[+]
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