Scouting Report: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m.

Eagles rookie running back Bryce Brown rushes for a touchdown against Carolina in last Monday night’s game in Philadelphia. Brown scored twice but also fumbled twice in a 30-22 loss.

Records: Eagles 3-8, Cowboys 5-6

Line: Cowboys by 10½ points; Over/under: 43

TV announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya (NBC)

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Radio: 97.3, 94.1 FM, 610 AM

Forecast: Retractable roof expected to be closed.

David Weinberg's pick: Eagles' troubles continue with eighth straight loss. Cowboys 24, Eagles 14 (season record: 5-6)

Last time met: The Cowboys scored three touchdowns in a span of 2 minutes, 35 seconds to rally for a 38-23 victory at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 11. Eagles quarterback Michael Vick left the game in the second quarter with a concussion. Rookie Nick Foles threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin but also had an interception and a fumble returned for touchdowns by the Cowboys.

Eagles' best-case scenario: Foles and rookie running back Bryce Brown help the Eagles break their seven-game losing streak. Foles throws two touchdown passes to Maclin and has no interceptions. Brown has another great game in place of injured LeSean McCoy. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha returns a Tony Romo interception for a touchdown. Defensive end Brandon Graham gets two sacks.

Eagles' worst-case scenario: The Eagles lose eight in a row for the first time since 1968. Foles throws two interceptions and no TDs. Brown fumbles twice. A makeshift offensive line allows seven sacks, all by linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant team up for three TDs. Eagles place-kicker Alex Henery misses two field goals.

Keep an eye on: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (No. 82). He is having the best season of his career. Witten leads the NFC with 82 receptions to go with 710 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Notable numbers: Cowboys lead series 60-47 and have won five of the last eight meetings. ... Cowboys are looking to sweep the Eagles for the second time in four years. ... Eagles are 2-2 at Cowboys Stadium and have won their last two games there. ... Eagles are 52-40 in regular-season, prime-time games, including 1-2 this season.

Assessing the offenses

Eagles: The offense is hurting. Vick will miss his third straight game with a concussion. McCoy (concussion) also will miss the game. Leading receiver DeSean Jackson was placed on injured reserve with broken ribs. Center Dallas Reynolds (sprained ankle) is hampered by an injury. If he doesn't play, guard Evan Mathis will move to center. Brown rushed for a team rookie-record 178 yards against Carolina but also fumbled twice. Henery has made a franchise-record 19 straight field goals.

Cowboys: Romo leads the NFL with 15 interceptions but also has thrown 16 touchdown passes. They do not have much of a running game. Felix Jones is their leading rusher with 335 yards. Witten is their top offensive playmaker, but Bryant and wide receiver Miles Austin are also dangerous.


Assessing the defenses

Eagles: They've been awful since Todd Bowles replaced Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator. They released defensive end Jason Babin, who led the team with 5.5 sacks, this past week. Brandon Graham will start in his spot, but rookie Vinny Curry also will get a lot of snaps. They have not forced many turnovers. Their 10 takeaways are fewest in the NFC. The secondary has really been struggling.

Cowboys: Their defense will be without two of its top players in linebackers Sean Lee (sprained toe) and Bruce Carter (dislocated elbow). Lee has been out for a while, but Carter got hurt in the Thanksgiving loss to Washington. Ex-Eagles linebacker Ernie Sims and Dan Connor are now the starters. Ware is among the best defensive players in the NFL. He is fourth in the NFL with 10 sacks. Linebacker Anthony Spencer (6 sacks) and nose tackle Jay Ratliff are also impact players.


Assessing the coaches

Eagles: Reid has almost no chance of staying.

Cowboys: Jason Garrett likely will hang on.



Eagles: Maybe Babin's release will wake them up.

Cowboys: They're still in the playoff hunt.


Other views

Brandon George, Dallas Morning News:

"To get into the playoffs, the Cowboys will likely have to finish with nine or 10 wins. That means Dallas has to win at least four of its last five games. But Santa Claus hasn't been kind to the Cowboys of late.

"Instead of a jolly ho-ho-ho, it's been more like ha-ha-ha for Dallas in Decembers. Since the Cowboys won their last Super Bowl to end the 1995 season, they've had only two winning Decembers."

Key matchup

Asomugha (24) vs. Bryant (88). Asomugha has yet to have a big game since joining the Eagles before last season. Bryant, who has both speed and size, is 10th in the NFL with 65 receptions and has caught six TD passes.

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