Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole reacts during the first half of a 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Eagles sacked Drew Brees twice in the game but still have only 11 for the season.

Records: Cowboys 3-5, Eagles 3-5

Line: Cowboys by 2 ponts; Over/under: 44½

TV announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver (FOX)

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Forecast: Sunny. Highs in the mid-60s. South winds around 5 mph (National Weather Service).

David Weinberg's pick: Eagles continue to struggle but manage to pull out a win. Eagles 21, Cowboys 20 (season record: 3-5)

Last time met: The Eagles completed their first season sweep of the Cowboys since 2006 with a 20-7 victory at Cowboys Stadium on Dec. 24, 2011. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Brent Celek and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin each caught a TD pass. Alex Henery booted two field goals. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a hand injury on the first offensive series and did not return.

Eagles' best-case scenario: The Eagles finally end their four-game losing streak with a much-needed victory. A revamped offensive line holds up well enough for Vick to throw two TD passes. Running back LeSean McCoy rushes for 100 yards. Romo throws two interceptions and is sacked five times.

Eagles' worst-case scenario: The Eagles suffer their fifth straight loss for the first time in coach Andy Reid's 14 seasons. Vick has nowhere to hide and suffers eight sacks. He also fumbles once and throws an interception. Romo is not sacked and throws four TD passes.

Keep an eye on: Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware (No. 94). He is tied for the NFC lead with nine sacks and could increase that total significantly against an injury-riddled Eagles offensive line.

Notable numbers: Cowboys lead the series 59-47, but the Eagles have won three of the last four meetings. ... Eagles are 6-0 in their last six NFC East games. ... Eagles haven't lost more than four in a row since opening the 1998 season with five straight losses. ... Eagles have allowed 27 sacks, fourth most in the NFL. ... Vick has committed 14 turnovers. ... Cowboys have lost four of their last five games. ... Romo leads the NFL with 13 interceptions. ... Cowboys' three interceptions are fewest in the NFC.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: They continued to struggle to score against the Saints, producing one TD and going 0-for-5 in the red zone. Vick was sacked seven times, tying his career high. Right tackle Todd Herremans was lost for the season with an ankle injury. King Dunlap will move to right tackle and Demetress Bell will start at left tackle. Celek is coming off a terrible game. McCoy is 10th in the NFL in rushing with 623 yards. Henery has made 13 straight field goals.

Cowboys: Romo has been inconsistent for most of the season. They don't have much of a running game. Their offensive line is almost as bad as the Eagles' unit. Jason Witten leads all NFL tight ends with 58 receptions. Wide receivers Dez Bryant (42) and Miles Austin (41) also have more than 40 catches. Place-kicker Dan Bailey is 14-for-14 inside 50 yards.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has yet to put together a good game plan. End Brandon Graham was one of the few standouts against the Saints. End Darryl Tapp will play after missing one game to attend the birth of his first child. Tackle Mike Patterson should get a few more snaps. Rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been struggling. The Eagles recovered two fumbles against the Saints after having just one in the first seven games.

Cowboys: They have talent but have been inconsistent. It is not the same defense without linebacker Sean Lee, who is out for the season with torn ligaments in his big toe. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff is nursing a sprained ankle. Ware is among the premier pass rushers in the league. Their eight takeaways this season are the fewest in the NFC.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Reid's seat is hotter than ever.

Cowboys: Jason Garrett got a vote of confidence from owner Jerry Jones.



Eagles: They have never lost more than four in a row under Reid.

Cowboys: Another loss could put Garrett's job in jeopardy.

Other views

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

"I think Jerry still has faith in Garrett - this has been his head coach in waiting for years and Jerry has to give it some time to see if he works out. Garrett doesn't have a losing record - he's 16-16 in his two-plus seasons on the job as he has been learning how to be a head coach."

Key matchup

Ware (94) vs. Bell (77) and Dunlap (65). Ware lines up all over the field during the course of a game. Bell replaced Herremans at right tackle and was so bad that he's been moved back to left tackle. Dunlap also has been unimpressive. Vick could be in for a rough afternoon.

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