Cowboys-Eagles face-off in Desperation Bowl by Lloyd Vance

Dallas Cowboys stadium will surely be rocking on Christmas Eve as the Cowboys and Eagles square-off in a “Desperation Bowl” with huge playoff implications.  Back in Week 8, the Eagles romped over the Cowboys 34-7

Philadelphia Eagles (6-8) at Dallas Cowboys (8-6), Saturday December 24th, 4:15 PM ET on FOX

Broadcast Team: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Pam Oliver

The 102nd meeting of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will be one of the bigger games in the second-to-last week of the 2011 NFL regular season.  Both the Eagles and the NFC East division-leading Cowboys will be looking to further clear-up the NFC’s muddled playoff picture by coming away with a win in a sure-fire “Desperation Bowl”.  Of course the stage for this game could be already set after the New York Giants (7-7) face the New York Jets (8-6) meet in the1:00 PM ETslot.  The Cowboys and Giants have been locked in a season-long battle for the NFC East crown and if the G-Men are able to pull off a win versus their in-stadium rival, then both Dallas and Philadelphia will experience different feelings heading into their rivalry game.  If the Giants win at1 PM, then the Eagles will be eliminated from playoff contention and the Cowboys win or lose will have to prepare themselves for an “All or Nothing” game in Week 17 against the Giants.

For what it is worth, my gut is telling me that the NY Jets seem to be riding a much stronger sense of momentum than the NY Giants – have lost 5 of their last 6 games – so it would not shock me if the Eagles-Cowboys game really will still matter come 4:15 PM ET.  Continue reading

Loss to Cardinals Could be the start of Another Cowboys Late Season Swoon by Lloyd Vance

Could the Dallas Cowboys improbable Week 13 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals lead to another late season swoon? We know team owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett sure hope not.

Week 13 of the 2011 NFL Season was not a good one for the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (7-5).  A purely winnable game turned into a devastating loss as the Arizona Cardinals (5-7) gladly took home a close 19-13 overtime home win.  While the Cowboys were left to wonder, “What If”.  The winning margin came quickly in OT as Cardinals reserve RB LaRod Stephens-Howling turned a short pass from QB Kevin Kolb into a dazzling darting 52-yard touchdown reception.  Continue reading

Eagles Trounce Cowboys on Sunday Night Football by Lloyd Vance

It was pure dominance as the Eagles jumped back in the NFC East divisiional race with a rather “easy” 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys

In a total shocker, the Philadelphia Eagles took the “spurs” to the Dallas Cowboys in a dominating 34-7 win at Lincoln Financial Field.  The Eagles marched down the field on their opening drive and never looked back as they improved to 3-4 and are now squarely in the mix of the NFC East race.

The Eagles now are 13-0 after a bye under coach Andy Reid and snapped a five-game home losing streak  that dated to last season.  The most impressive part for the Birds had to be their dominance of the statistical scoreboard.  Philadelphia racked up 495 total yards and held the ball for 42:09 — Dallas only held the ball for a little less than 18 minutes.  And most importantly zero turnovers.

After the game, Dallas owner Jerry Jones said in the lockerroom after the humbling loss, “We just got beat tonight in every facet of the game by a good football team”. 

The stars of the game for the Eagles were QB Michael Vick, who threw two touchdown passes, DE Jason Babin (2 sacks), and of course emerging RB LeSean McCoy — a career-best 185 yards rushing and two TD’s in the big win.

After the game, Taking It to the House’s Lloyd Vance caught-up with Eagles TE Clay Harbor and DE Trent Cole to discuss the Birds rather “easy” win.

Clay Harbor

Trent Cole

— Lloyd Vance

2011 NFL Week 8: Eagles – Cowboys Preview by Lloyd Vance

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo will lead his team into Lincoln Financial Field for a crucial NFC East battle with the “desperate” Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football

 

Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-4), Sunday October 30th, 8:20 PM ET on NBC

Broadcast Team: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya (Field reporter)

The 101st meeting of the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys, just like the ghosts and goblins of the Halloween, definitely will signal the official midway point of the 2011 NFL regular season.  Sunday Night Football will be back in Philly for a game that I am calling, “Something to Prove”.  The Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) have a chance to get back into the division race with a win and the Dallas Cowboys (3-3) want to show that they are now the kings of the NFC East.  The Cowboys lead the all-time series 56-44 and have won five of the last six meetings, including embarrasing Philadelphia in the 2009 NFL Playoffs Wildcard Round.  The hated Cowboys will be bringing Eagles’ fans public enemy number one, America’s new golden boy quarterback Tony Romo, so you better get your popcorn ready for a slugfest. Continue reading

Eagles Keys To Beating Dallas: Limiting Jason Witten by Matt Lombardo

On Sunday night the Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC East game that is immensely important to both teams in the division race. As this heated rivalry is renewed, Taking It To The House will highlight one key to the Eagles winning the game each day until Sunday. Today, the Eagles ability to limit Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is put into focus. 

In recent years there hasn’t been one Dallas Cowboy player more apt at having big games against the Eagles than Jason Witten. Against an Eagles defense that seems built to choose whether to rush the passer effectively or stop the run, while not succeeding yet this season at doing both simultaneously, there may not be a more important player on the field Sunday night than Jason Witten. Slowing him down could make or break the Eagles efforts on defense. Continue reading

Eagles Keys To Beating Dallas: Winning The Turnover Battle by Matt Lombardo

On Sunday night the Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC East game that is immensely important to both teams in the division race. As this heated rivalry is renewed, Taking It To The House will highlight one key to the Eagles winning the game each day until Sunday. Today the importance of the Eagles creating turnovers on defense and protecting the ball offensively is front and center. 

Prior to Sunday night’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles will induct two pillars of their rich defensive history into their honor roll; Eric Allen and Jim Johnson. One stalwart of both legends eras of dominating defenses was the Eagles winning the turnover battle. That simply hasn’t been the case this season, and against the Cowboys Philadelphia must protect the football. Continue reading

2011 NFL Week 3 Remix by Lloyd Vance

The Baltimore Ravens (2-1) look to be back near the top of the AFC and rookie WR Torrey Smith was one of the stars from  Week 3 of the 2011 NFL Season

As the calendar changes to autumn, the NFL moves closer to the first quarter marker of the 2011 NFL season.  Week 3, which I dubbed “Separation Sunday”, definitely helped continue the 12-week process of sorting out which teams are contenders and pretenders before November and December’s playoff push.   T

One thing is apparent, no one in their right mind could have predicted the wacky start to this season.  Week 3 had an NFL record 9 games that were decided by 3 points or less.  The capricious world of the NFL was never more on display than this week as the Buffalo Bills coming off a  4-12 season impressively beat the New England Patriots 34-31 in Orchard Park, NY.  The win ended the Patriots’ 15-game regular-season winning streak over their AFC East rival.  The Bills also became the first team in NFL history to win consecutive games after trailing by 18 points or more.  Unbelievably the Bills were the last team to win in 2010, but this is a whole different season. Continue reading