Are You Ready For Some Football? Eagles-Cowboys Preview

Pierre MorissetContributor ISeptember 12, 2008

The boys are back in town. After dismantling the much talked about Browns in Week One, the Cowboys square off against the division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Confidence is high in Philly after their absolute beat down of the St. Louis Rams. I haven’t seen a beat down that impressive in quite some time. Sure the Rams are terrible, but if McNabb plays like his 2004 self, 31 TDs 8 INTs, the Eagles might just be serious contenders. Now if they could just get Asante Samuel to hold onto an interception….

Enough about Week One, its time to focus on Week Two’s best match up. This game has everything an NFL fan could want: intense rivalry, big stars, good teams and best of all it’s on Monday night football, surely there’s no better theatre for a game of this caliber.

Oh and I forgot to mention, this is the final home opener at Texas Stadium, before moving to the monster $1 billion plus stadium next year. Now, while this isn’t quite as sentimental as the last season of another famous stadium, Yankees’ Stadium, it is still a heart filled moment for all Cowboys fans and will surely add to the drama of Monday’s game.

Now, let’s get down to the analysis of the game itself. This is going to be an offensive slug fest; points will be scored as both offenses are very good. For the Eagles, everything is going to depend on McNabb, as usual.

If the Eagles want any chance of coming away with a win, McNabb must be on his A-game because he’s done facing the Rams’ defense, this is a whole other league.

Expect the Eagles’ receivers to struggle against the Cowboys’ secondary, especially against Newman. Plus that defense can get serious pressure on McNabb who, let’s face it, is not the mobile quarterback he was a couple years ago. Being injured every year definitely takes its toll.

The Cowboys offense almost seems like a fantasy team. Romo, Witten, Jones, Barber and Owens. And you know that Owens is going to want to stick it to his old team, so get ready to see him bring his A-game to the field, and if you don’t believe me check out one of his games against the Eagles last season: 10 catches 174 yards one TD. That’s what TO can do when he’s properly motivated. Kind of scary isn’t’ it?  

Many people are talking about Jessica Simpson and how she’s calling out the Eagles and about the Simpson curse……I’m not going to go there because quite frankly it would be a waste of my time as well as yours.

Finally, I will end with my prediction…..the Cowboys in what will be an offensive feast for the eyes. Enjoy the game.