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Moving On To The Eagles

A fan holds a jersey indicating his displeasure with Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens,

Alright everyone, take a deep breath. Romo is all signed up and talking about who is next to be locked up is a bit premature, after all there are still 9 games left to play. The bye week is out of the way, and the Eagles game will be here before the off season. This game might very well be the next most important game of the season.


Lets not forget that this is a division game, and not just a game of a 6 and 1 team going against a 3 and 4 team. This is the Eagles, the same team who seemed to be out last year when McNabb went down with yet another injury, but managed to not only make it to the playoffs but win the division again giving them the NFC East division title for fifth time in 6 seasons. The very same Eagles that have won 12 of the last 16 games against Dallas with Andy Reid as head coach. Oh yeah, and did I forget to mention the same team that cheered when Michael Irvin went down with what was a very serious career ending injury. There is certainly no love loss between the two teams.


Also lets take this into consideration, the Cowboys are tied with the Green Bay Packers for top of the NFC. A loss this week by either team would leave the other as the sole leader. In the NFC East the NY Giants are only one Cowboys loss away from being tied for number one in the division. The Cowboys owning the tie breaker because of their win in week one, but they play the Giants again in week 10. Then there is also the fact, if you listen to the critics, the Cowboys have failed to beat a good team this season. Certainly a loss to the Eagles would only increase that talk.


Back to the Eagles though. McNabb may have had a slow start this season, but his stats don’t reflect that. McNabb is 6th in the NFL in passing yards, and owns a 90 quarterback rating. Tony Romo had his worst game last season against the Eagles completing only 14 of 29 passes for just 142 yards. He also threw two interceptions in that game. While the Eagles offense didn’t improve much over the off season, the defense has. They rank 7th in the league in points allowed per game (16.7), 9th in yards allowed per game (300.7), 8th in rushing yards allowed per game (90.4), and they have the most sacks in the NFL (24).


So, while it’s great that Tony Romo got his new deal, it’s still too early to worry about other deals. There are games still to play, and that includes an always resilient Eagles team coming this Sunday. One can only hope that Romo shows everyone, including Jerry Jones, why his big payday was the right move to make.

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