Eagles-Cowboys: Our (cough) expert predictions

Eagles-Cowboys: Our (cough) expert predictions

Eagles-Cowboys predictions

October 20, 2013, 8:00 am
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Riley Cooper hauls in a touchdown pass during the Eagles' 38-23 loss to the Cowboys in Week 10 of last season. (AP)

Nick Foles shined in his first start of the season, accounting for four touchdowns in the Eagles' 31-20 win over the Buccaneers in Week 6 (see last week's predictions).

Now, Foles looks to lead the Eagles into first place of the NFC East when the Birds take on the Cowboys (see story).

Here are our predictions:

Geoff Mosher
On Friday, I predicted on "Eagle Eye" that the Cowboys would win a shootout (see video). I have since changed my mind. Mark this down: LeSean McCoy will rush for 200 yards and the Eagles will get that elusive home victory.

Eagles 41, Cowboys 20

Reuben Frank
The Cowboys can't stop the Eagles. The Eagles can't stop the Cowboys. Nobody can stop anybody. This should be fun.

Two high-voltage offenses will face two shaky defenses Sunday at the Linc, but the matchup between the Eagles' defense and the Cowboys' offense is the one that scares me the most. The Cowboys have some high-profile injuries, and Tony Romo has his faults, but I just don't see how this defense is going to slow down Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and friends.

This isn't a hobbled RG3. This isn't a bumbling Eli Manning. This isn't wide-eyed Mike Glennon. This is one of the NFL's hottest QBs, and I have Romo outracing Nick Foles and the Eagles in today's battle for the NFC East lead.

Cowboys 38, Eagles 31

Ray Didinger
It is nice to have an Eagles-Cowboys game that actually has some relevance. Too often in recent years one team or the other simply didn't matter and the Eagles' fans had to really work to get the old rivalry juices flowing, and even then it wasn't the same. Not this week. This is a big game. It looks like one of these teams will win the NFC East so the head-to-head matchups are huge.
 
At full strength, I think the Cowboys are the better team but they aren't at full strength this week. The Cowboys are stretched thin across the defensive line and if Chip Kelly comes out running his up-tempo offense (and why wouldn't he?), the Cowboys will be gassed by halftime. Tony Romo and the Dallas receivers will hit some big plays against the Eagles' defense, but they will come up short in the end.

Eagles 31, Cowboys 28

Derrick Gunn
The Eagles nor the Cowboys have beaten a team with impressive credentials. Dallas comes in banged up. The Cowboys' top running back, DeMarco Murray, is doubtful to play, defensive lineman Anthony Spencer is out, pass-rush specialist DeMarcus Ware is also doubtful and wide receiver Miles Austin still hasn’t fully recovered from a hamstring injury. But Dallas still has plenty of offense and so do the Eagles, and both can score.

I still don’t trust the Eagles' defense and it will be interesting to see how it defends wide receiver Dez Bryant and tight end Jason Witten. If the Dallas defense commits to stopping the run and LeSean McCoy, that will free up DeSean Jackson in one-on-one coverages. These two teams could easily combine to put up over 70 points in this game. The Birds haven't won a home game since Sept. 30 of last year. I hope my hunch is wrong, but something says to lean the Cowboys' way.

Cowboys 33, Eagles 30

John Gonzalez
Both teams are 3-3. Both teams score a ton of points. Both teams have defensive deficiencies. The Cowboys haven't won a road game this year. The Eagles haven't won a home game since last year. Close game. Tough call.

Birds win -- just barely.

Eagles 35, Cowboys 34

Andy Schwartz
Is this the week Nick Foles comes down to earth? Or is this the week Foles proves he deserves serious consideration as the Eagles' QB of the future?

Is this the week the Eagles show they're actually worthy of being considered a playoff contender? Or is this the week they again remind us that they're a rebuilding team under a new head coach?

Dallas' D is banged up. Its running game is too. Will the Eagles' suspect but improving secondary hold up against Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Jason Witten and rookie Terrence Williams? Or will the Cowboys take sole possession of first place in the NFC East and show they indeed are worthy of being considered a contender in the NFC?

This certainly is a winnable game for the Eagles, but they haven't beaten a decent team at home since the last time they won at home -- 19-17 over the Giants on Sept. 30, 2012.

Since then, they've lost eight straight at the Linc. Will they snap the streak? I won't believe it until I see it.

Cowboys 27, Eagles 24

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