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DALLAS COWBOYS (9-4) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-4)
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Garrett: 4-5||Kelly: 2-1|
|LAST WEEK||W 41-28 at Bears||L 24-14 vs. Seahawks|
|LAST GAME||11/27/14: Eagles 33 at Cowboys 10. Philadelphia RB LeSean McCoy rushes for 159 yards & TD. Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin has 8 receptions for 108 yards.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/20/13: Cowboys 17, Eagles 3. Dallas WR Terrance Williams catches 6 passes for 71 yards & TD. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant adds 8 receptions for 110 yards.|
|BROADCAST||NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Ross Tucker (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Dal.), 92 (Phi.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Dal.), 226 (Phi.).|
|PASSING||Romo: 242-350-2923-25-8-108.8 (2L)||Sanchez: 121-195-1500-10-7-88.0|
|RUSHING||Murray: 320-1606 (1L)-5.0-9 (T1L)||McCoy: 259-1068 (2C)-4.1-4|
|RECEIVING||Bryant: 73-1034-14.2-10 (T2C)||Maclin: 74-1109-15.0-10 (T2C)|
|SACKS||Melton: 5||Barwin: 13.5 (1C)|
|INTs||4 tied: 2||Jenkins: 3|
|KICKING||Bailey: 103 (40/40 PAT; 21/24 FG)||Parkey (R): 125 (1C) (44/44 PAT; 27/29 FG)|
COWBOYS: Are 6-0 on road, best record in NFL…QB TONY ROMO ranks 2nd in NFL with 108.8 rating. Has 125 rating on road. Aims for 6th road game in row with 100+ rating…RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 1,606 rush yards. Has 100+ rush yards in 11 of 13 games, incl. 179 yards last week. Tied HOFer EMMITT SMITH for most 100-yard rush games by Cowboy in season…WR DEZ BRYANT has 1,000+ yards (1,034) & 10+ TDs (10) for 3rd consecutive season, tied for longest streak in team history. Since 2012, leads NFL with 35 rec. TDs. TE JASON WITTEN needs 4 catches for 11th consecutive season with 50+ receptions. WR COLE BEASLEY had career-high 2 TDs last week…CB ORLANDO SCANDRICK had INT last week. In past 2 at Phi., CB BRANDON CARR has 2 INTs (1 TD). DE GEORGE SELVIE had 2 sacks in last game at Phi. S BARRY CHURCH leads team with 76 tackles & LB ROLANDO MC CLAIN is 2nd with 72… EAGLES: QB MARK SANCHEZ has won both career starts vs. Dal…RB LE SEAN MC COY has 290 rush yards (145 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 meetings. Had 159 yards & TD in Week 13. RB DARREN SPROLES has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 PR) in past 4 at home…WR JEREMY MACLIN had 8 catches for 108 yards in Week 13. Has 47 catches for 664 yards (94.9 per game) & 6 TDs in past 7. Rookie WR JORDAN MATTHEWS has 5 TDs in past 6, incl. TD in Week 13. TE ZACH ERTZ had TD last week…Phi. has 9 players with return TD, tied for most in season in NFL history. LB CONNOR BARWIN leads NFC with 13.5 sacks. Has 11.5 sacks in past 5 at home. Aims for 6th in row at home with sack. DE FLETCHER COX has sack in 3 of past 5. LB TRENT COLE has 3 sacks in past 5. DE VINNY CURRY had sack in last home game vs. Dal. Has 8 sacks in past 10. CB CARY WILLIAMS & S NATE ALLEN each had INT in Week 13.
|DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||DE Jeremy Mincey (not injury related), QB Tony Romo (back), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||CB Tyler Patmon (knee, ankle)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||S Jeff Heath (thumb), DE Demarcus Lawrence (chest), LB Rolando McClain (knee), DE George Selvie (thumb)|
|OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)|
|Wednesday||QB Nick Foles (collarbone)|
|LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||K Cody Parkey (right groin), RB Chris Polk (ankle)|
|FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE|
|Wednesday||LB Emmanuel Acho (groin), TE Trey Burton (hamstring), WR Josh Huff (hip), DE Cedric Thornton (groin)|
DeMarco Murray established career highs in carries (32) and catches (nine) in the Cowboys’ 41-28 win against the Bears, continuing a trend of heavy use the entire season but coach Jason Garrett doesn’t see Murray slowing down, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
“DeMarco is a guy who has shown he can handle the workload, both as a runner and a receiver,” Garrett said. “He wants more. He never wants to come out of the game. At different times, we’ve done a good job of getting the other guys in there and they’ve taken advantages of their opportunities and we’ll continue to do that, but he’s a bellcow player and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down at all to me. He feels great. He says he feels great and really looks like he’s playing at a very high level.”
Garrett said the use had more to do with Chicago’s scheme than a specific plan to get Murray the ball that much.
“That used to happen a lot with Emmitt [Smith] back in the day,” Garrett said. “When you’d go play the Giants, they play a lot of Cover 2 and Emmitt would carry the ball a lot and they’d be trying to take the outside receivers away and we’d dump the ball down a lot. That was a little bit of the game the other night, whether it was all Cover 2 or not, there was a softness to their coverage where they weren’t going to give up a lot of big plays and Tony [Romo] did a good job of checking the ball down.
A week after a tough Thanksgiving Day loss to the Eagles, the Cowboys were back to their winning ways in what was basically a must-win on Thursday, as Dallas topped the hapless Bears 41-28 in Chicago.
It was a big night for the Cowboys stars on offense, as Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes and running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 179 yards and another score in the win.
Romo finished the night 21-for-26 for 205 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Cole Beasley, who helped the team take a 14-7 halftime lead and quickly build it to 28-7 in the third quarter. At one point the Cowboys scored three times on eight offensive plays.
The Cowboys with the win push their mark to 9-4 on the year, and it was a huge win as they stay just 1/2 game behind the Eagles for the lead in the NFC East. The Eagles will play the Seahawks at home Sunday afternoon.
Dallas allowed 21 points in the fourth quarter but never trailed as Murray lugged the ball 32 times and went over 1,600 yards rushing on the season.
The Bears (5-8), who lost receiver Brandon Marshall to a rib injury in the first half, got a pair of touchdown passes from Jay Cutler (32-for-45 for 341 yards) and a dozen receptions for 84 yards and a TD by tight end Martellus Bennett.
It didn’t matter as the Cowboys did just about whatever they wanted on offense, going up 35-7 after scoring on six straight drives between the second and third quarters.
The Cowboys struck first after a scoreless opening period when Murray capped a 51-yard drive set up by a partially blocked punt with a 1-yard dive on fourth down.
The Bears answered on their next possession, also converting on a fourth down before Cutler found Bennett open in the end zone from 12 yards out, but Romo connected with Beasley on a 13-yard scoring pass with eight seconds left in the half to give Dallas a 14-7 lead.
The Cowboys appeared to break things open in the third quarter as Romo found Beasley from 24 yards and tight end Gavin Escobar on an easy toss from 6 yards before Joseph Randle scampered for a 17-yard score to make it 35-7.
Chicago answered with scoring runs by Matt Forte and Cutler following a 27-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.
The Cowboys will have their biggest game of the year next Sunday night December 14th in Philadelphia against the Eagles.
Here’s the full list of inactives for the Bears:
– K Robbie Gould
– CB Terrance Mitchell
– LB Khaseem Greene
– LB Darryl Sharpton
– G Eben Britton
– DT Jeremiah Ratliff
– DE Cornelius Washington
Here’s the full list of inactives for the Cowboys:
– QB Dustin Vaughan
– CB Tyler Patmon
– S Jeff Heath
– LB Dekoda Watson
– T Tony Hills
– T Donald Hawkins
– DE DeMarcus Lawrence