Dallas Cowboys Trying to Fuel Rivalry with Birthday Tweet to Michael Vick?

Cody Swartz@cbswartz5Senior Writer IJune 26, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles tries to elude DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on October 30, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys sent Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a congratulatory birthday tweet, adding they “can’t wait til November.”

The tweet included a picture of linebacker DeMarcus Ware wrapping up Vick for a sack, something Ware did six times in the two contests against Philly. It was Vick who got the last laugh though, as the $100 million man led the Eagles to two big victories over the Cowboys, first a 34-7 thumping in October and then a 20-7 win on Christmas Eve in Dallas.

The Eagles—who finished the season just 8-8 after Super Bowl aspirations—still finished ahead of the Cowboys in the division race, as Dallas lost its final two contests to miss the playoffs.

Vick hasn’t lost to the Cowboys since 2006, defeating them twice last year and 30-27 in Dallas in December 2010, when Vick hooked up with Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a 91-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that iced the win.

Vick’s career numbers against Dallas: 11 touchdown passes to just three interceptions for a 111.2 passer rating, plus a 4-2 record as a starter. It’s the most touchdowns Vick has thrown against a single team.

Maybe the Cowboys are just trying to spark up the rivalry again, as the Eagles have had the edge in recent games. After sweeping the Eagles in the ’09 regular season and winning again in the playoffs, the Cowboys have lost three straight meaningful games to the Eagles—winning just a 14-13 decision at the end of 2010 when Kevin Kolb and all the backups started.

The Cowboys have made significant strides to make themselves more competitive heading into 2012.

They drafted top shutdown corner Morris Claiborne and also signed corner Brandon Carr in free agency, giving the secondary a pair of top players that should be able to match up with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

But the Eagles had a tremendous offseason of their own, extending Trent Cole, Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Todd Herremans; re-signing Evan Mathis; trading for two-time Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans; and drafting a quality group of players in Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry and Brandon Boykin.

The teams meet November 11 in Philadelphia and then again on November 29, a Sunday night matchup in Dallas that could easily make or break the playoffs for both teams