The mid day Thanksgiving Day classic pits two NFC East rivals against one another. This game has a few implications for the NFC playoffs. First will be that both teams currently sit at 8 and 3 are hoping to take over sole possession of first place in the division. Second is that whichever team wins will still be in line to possibly take home field advantage for the NFC in the playoffs with the Green Bay Packers leading the NFC North, also at 8 and 3 and the Arizona Cardinals leading the NFC West at 9 and 2. This will also mark the first time the two teams will meet in an 18 day stretch. The next two and a half weeks will most likely decide the outcome of the NFC East with both the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants sitting at a woeful 8 and 3.
The Eagles come in to the afternoon unbeaten in the division at 2 and 0 giving them the advantage over the Cowboys who are 2 and 1 in the division. Following an injury to starting quarterback Nick Foles the Eagles turned to former New York Jets starter Mark Sanchez. Sanchez has looked decent, throwing for over 300 yards in the last three games. Also helping the Eagles is the fact that starting running back LeSean McCoy, after a very slow start this season, seems to have gotten himself back on track and put up 130 yards and a touchdown on the ground last week in the Eagles win over the Tennessee Titans. The Eagles have won three times in their last four trips to Arlington to take on the Cowboys but have also lost three of their last four road games this season.
The Cowboys have excelled this season behind the running of DeMarco Murray, the surprisingly steady play of Tony Romo, the always steady play of Jason Witten, the continued development of Dez Bryant and the shockingly good play from a defense that has no, as in zero, depth. The Cowboys continue to be the only unbeaten team on the road but are only 3 and 3 at home in Arlington. DeMarco Murray continues to lead the NFL in rushing and it's not even close with the next closest back 403 yards behind with the same number of games. Murray has also put up ten 100 yard games on the season. The Cowboys will once again be looking to feed the ball to Murray as Dallas has yet to win any games in which Murray has not crossed the century mark in rushing.
- TV: FOX
- TIME: Thursday, November 27th, 4:30 PM EST
LOCATION: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
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