Why this is their biggest game of the year

Dallas Cowboys (3-5) at Eagles (3-5), Sunday, Lincoln Financial Field

Even with four straight losses, the Eagles are still not out of playoff contention. At 3-5, they are tied with the Cowboys and Washington Redskins for second place in the NFC East, 2½ games behind the New York Giants. If they want to stay in contention, however, they need to beat the Cowboys to at least regain some confidence.

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Evaluating the Eagles

(Observations from the 28-13 loss at New Orleans)

Running back Bryce Brown: Finally broke loose

Wide receiver Riley Cooper: Terrific acting on kickoff return that didn’t count

Defensive end Brandon Graham: Only defensive bright spot

Tackle Todd Herremans: Could be sidelined for a while with ankle injury

Safety David Sims: Get well soon, Nate Allen

Quarterback Michael Vick: Took a beating

Evaluating their offensive line

Vick took a beating, enduring seven sacks and absorbing countless other hits. An already porous offensive line got worse when Herremans left in the first quarter with a strained ankle tendon. That leaves left guard Evan Mathis as the only Eagles’ offensive lineman who has not missed any plays because of injury this season. Demetress Bell took over for Herremans at right tackle and was awful. Rookie right guard Dennis Kelly looked overmatched for most of the game.

3-and-out with Andy Reid

(Quotes provided by team)

Q: What was the problem with the tackling on Monday?

A: One of the things that we have stressed here over the years is that you run through your tackles. Make sure that you keep your eyes up and put yourself in a safe position to make the tackle.

Q: What happened to the offense in the red zone?

A: It started with me. I look at the play calls and the design of the plays for the secondaries that we’re seeing in the pass game and the run game.

Q: How is (injured) tackle Todd Herremans feeling?

A: Todd is sore. I had a chance to talk to him, and he’s still sore and on crutches.

David Weinberg, 609-272-7186


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