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WEEK 14
2010
IND at TEN *NE at CHI *TB at WAS *KC at SD
*CIN at PIT *CLE at BUF *SEA at SF DEN at ARI
ATL at CAR *NYG at MIN STL at NO PHI at DAL
*Updated GB at DET OAK at JAC MIA at NYJ *BAL at HOU

Prediction: PHI 27, DAL 31

This should be an excellent Sunday night game. The Cowboys are 3-1 since Wade Phillips left and almost went 4-0. The Eagles are tied with the Giants for the NFC East lead and are 4-2 on the road with two of the last three away games being losses. The Cowboys swept the Eagles last year, winning 20-16 in Philly and later 24-0 in the season finale in Dallas. The Cowboys also won their playoff game against the Eagles the next week. The Eagles should win this but the Cowboys at home will make it a game and one that hopefully will turn into a shootout.

Philadelphia Eagles (8-4))
Homefield: Lincoln Financial Field
Turf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 GB L 20-27 10 @WAS W 59-28
2 @DET W 35-32 11 NYG W 27-17
3 @JAC W 28-3 12 @CHI L 26-31
4 WAS L 12-17 13 HOU W 34-24
5 @SF W 27-24 14 @DAL --
6 ATL W 31-17 15 @NYG --
7 @TEN L 19-37 16 MIN --
8 Bye - 17 DAL --
9 IND W 26-24 - - -
Eagles Report | Statistics | Roster
PHILADELPHIA at DAL Rush Catch Pass
QB Michael Vick 50,1 - 320,2
RB LeSean McCoy 50 40 -
TE Brent Celek - 40 -
WR DeSean Jackson - 100,1 -
WR Jason Avant - 60 -
WR Jeremy Maclin - 70,1 -
PK David Akers 2 FG 3 XP -
Pregame Notes: The remaining schedule is not bad depending on how well the Eagles can handle two games with the Cowboys who would like nothing more than to ruin their playoff chances. The road game next week to the Giants is the biggest game left on the schedule and based on these next two weeks the Eagles will discover if they will win the division or hope for a wildcard.

QUARTERBACK: Michael Vick bruised his quadricep last week but has an extra three games to heal thanks to the Thursday night win over the Texans. Vick has been particularly effective passing recently with three of the last four producing 300 yard games with at least two scores in each. Vick is not only passing for touchdowns but also has scored six times on the ground in the last seven games played. There is no question here - Vick is productive no matter what. The only question is how.

The Cowboys have allowed 16 touchdowns to the six previous visitors to Dallas but the defense has played better in these last four games and hasn't allowed more than two passing scores in each though the yardage remains over 290 yards in every game no matter where. Expect big yardage and at least two passing scores and a rushing touchdown thrown in.

RUNNING BACKS: LeSean McCoy has been productive this year but more so when he is at home where he has scored three times in the last two games and turned in around 100 total yards or more in each home game. On the road he had a monster game in Detroit but since only had one rushing score and only one of the last five road games featured more than 55 rushing yards.

The Cowboys have been playing far better at home against the run lately and should hold McCoy to his normal pattern of just moderate yardage in road games. His receiving yards always maintain his value anyway.

WIDE RECEIVERS: DeSean Jackson has not scored in three games and surprisingly only had three catches against the Texans. But Jackson now faces one of the weakest secondaries in the league and should score at least once and turn in healthy yardage. The Cowboys have allowed the opposing #1 wideout to gain at or over 100 yards in virtually every game this season. Jeremy Maclin has remained productive even in recent games and he has the team lead with eight scores.

No matter what and even with the Cowboys playing better, they still allow plentiful passing yards and most of that goes to the wideouts. Maclin and Jackson are must starts who should have no worse than a good game.

TIGHT ENDS: Brent Celek snared four passes for 55 yards against the Texans and along with his score and 50 yards in Chicago, Celek is returning to the game plan even with Vick at the helm. The Cowboys have been only average against the position but the weakness at the corners makes it more likely that the wideouts are going to score this week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points PHI 1 9 5 26 1 4
Preventing Fantasy Points DAL 30 14 32 15 24 24
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) PHI 29 5 27 -11 23 20


Dallas Cowboys (4-8)
Homefield: Cowboys Stadium
RealGrass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @WAS L 7-13 10 @NYG W 33-20
2 CHI L 20-27 11 DET W 35-19
3 @HOU W 27-13 12 NO L 27-30
4 Bye - 13 @IND W 38-35
5 TEN L 27-34 14 PHI --
6 @MIN L 21-24 15 WAS --
7 NYG L 35-41 16 @ARI --
8 JAC L 17-35 17 @PHI --
9 @GB L 7-45 - - -
Cowboys Report | Statistics | Roster
DALLAS vs PHI Rush Catch Pass
QB Jon Kitna - - 290,2
RB Felix Jones 50 40 -
RB Tashard Choice 60,1 - -
TE Jason Witten - 80,1 -
WR Roy Williams - 50 -
WR Sam Hurd - 20 -
WR Miles Austin - 90,1 -
PK David Buehler 1 FG 4 XP -

Pregame Notes: The level of play since Wade Phillips left is bittersweet since no amount of winning can get the Cowboys out of the hole they dug themselves in. The team has scored at least 27 points in each game with Jason Garrett at the helm and the defense has played better. While not entirely stopping anyone, at least the turnovers have gone in favor of the Cowboys. Now the role left is spoiler and two remaining games against the Eagles give something for the Cowboys to look forward to playing.

I like a defensive score by the Cowboys.

QUARTERBACK: Jon Kitna has settled down into his starting role and only thrown one interception in the last three games. After posting three scores each against the Giants and Lions, he failed to score against the Saints though he had 313 yards in that game. And last week in Indy he only passed for 167 yards and one score against the Colts but with a running game and defense that did most of the scoring.

This week has Kitna back at home and not facing the best defense against the pass like the Saints. The Eagles secondary gave up 14 passing scores in their six road games and three each to the 49ers and Titans. Cutler threw four on them two weeks ago. Back at home look for a very nice game here by Kitna since this should turn into a shootout or at least a game where the Cowboys have to throw.

RUNNING BACKS: Tashard Choice did have nice timing in taking his first start against the Colts, but he also made the most of the opportunity when he gained 100 yards on 19 carries and scored for the second week in a row. Choice showed the speed and moves absent from Marion Barber and largely Felix Jones this year. Jerry Jones already gave his vote of approval for Choice who should see the season out as the other half of the backfield. Felix JOnes has been fairly consistent in moderate yardage every week but he has never scored a rushing touchdown this year.

The split in carries will prevent any big games here but Choice has a decent shot at running in one score. The Eagles have allowed nearly one rushing score per game.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Dez Bryant is lost for the rest of the season with a fractured right fibula and that promotes Roy Williams and Sam Hurd up the depth chart. Bryant had become the top receiver in Dallas but then was almost unused for two weeks and now is gone. Miles Austin has scored in recent games but his role as the speedy primary wideout has been missing since week eight when Romo left. With Bryant out, Austin has to resume his role and Roy Williams needs to start scoring again since he has not visited the end zone since week six. Losing Bryant is a change for Kitna and he'll need to adapt quickly if the offense is to keep any sense of momentum.

CB Asante Samuel is expected back this week and that should be a problem for Williams. This week is a great opportunity for Austin to resume his role as the primary target and a good chance for a score if Kitna can make the transition.

TIGHT ENDS: Jason Witten reportedly suffered a high left ankle sprain in win over the Colts but he returned to the game and caught his touchdown after the injury. Barring any later information, I will assume that he will be able to play with no real limitation and update as needed. The Eagles are one of the weakest teams against tight ends and three have already topped 100 yards against them. Expect a very nice game here from Witten.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points DAL 7 27 9 10 23 5
Preventing Fantasy Points PHI 25 21 16 28 8 9
Advantage(+) or Disadvantage(-) DAL 18 -6 7 18 -15 4

WEEK 14
2010
IND at TEN NE at CHI TB at WAS KC at SD
CIN at PIT CLE at BUF SEA at SF DEN at ARI
ATL at CAR NYG at MIN STL at NO PHI at DAL
  GB at DET OAK at JAC MIA at NYJ BAL at HOU
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