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Week 7 NFL picks - JimmyK,
The Cowboys are missing 3 starters along their defensive line, which is obviously not ideal against the Eagles' #1 ranked run game. They also need to be able to get pressure from their front 4 to make their Tampa 2 defense work, and the Eagles have blocked 4-man rushes well this season. The Cowboys are a good early season team, but struggle when they need to rely on their depth, which is often non-existent. This could be the week their weakened "no-name" DL is exposed.

Detailed Game Review – PHI 31, TB 20 - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
Big win. That wasn’t a great performance, but it will do for now. The Eagles showed they could handle a struggling team in beating the Giants. The Bucs were a new challenge. They were better than the Giants, although still struggling. And the Eagles were coming off a comfortable win. Not all teams handle success well. How would the Eagles respond to a favorable situation?

From the Wide 9 to the 2-Gap 3-4 - The Chip Wagon
Oh what a transition it has been. Many are still frustrated with the 2013 version of the Philadelphia Eagles defense so far. I can definitely agree with the frustration, but I think it's a different kind of frustration. In order to temper things down a bit, it needs to be realized just what a massive scheme and alignment change this defense is going through. It's one thing that we don't have the ideal personnel to run a 2-gap 3-4, but a major issue is that these players are having to learn a completely new scheme, and most notably new technique.

All-22: The Art Of the Screen Play - Tim McManus, Birds 24/7
Brian Westbrook, one of the great screen running backs in the history of the league, continues to be a guiding voice in the ear of LeSean McCoy. It probably came as little surprise, then, that McCoy had a message waiting for him on his phone following the Tampa game on Sunday. "He texted me after the game and said, ‘Come on, bro. You’re supposed to score on that play.’ "

Getting used to new scheme, Cox begins to thrive - Jeff McLane,
It may seem like a minor thing, and to Jerry Azzinaro it was, but when Fletcher Cox was required to line up directly opposite the tackle rather than over the guard's outside shoulder, he said he let it affect him. "It probably was the new thing," Cox said of the Eagles' new system on the defensive line. "I've just got to relax. Now I'm relaxed, I'm having a lot of fun."

NFC East Predictions for Week 7 - FanSpeak
The Dallas Cowboys will travel to Philly to take on a rejuvenated Eagles team. Dallas swept the Eagles last year, but the Eagles are already more than halfway to last year’s win total (4). Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense will surely take advantage of a hurting Dallas defense and the Cowboys will look to do the same when lining up against a floundering Philadelphia defense. With all the signs pointing to the dynamic speedster Michael Vick being sidelined, the Eagles will look to air the ball out with Nick Foles, but look for Dallas’ cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick to be up to the challenge. The Cowboys are also sure to see a ton of touches from LeSean McCoy to ease the pressure off Foles. Sean Lee will be responsible for containing McCoy, but don’t expect the NFL’s leading rusher to be an easy task for the middle linebacker.

Dallas receivers present daunting task for Eagles - CSN Philly
Kelly mentioned two other receivers -- Miles Austin and Terrance Williams -- as part of the problematic pass-catching equation the Eagles must solve. Austin, who has been a big part of the Cowboys’ offense in the past, has dealt with a hamstring injury for much of the season. As a result, he’s played only in parts of four games, and he hasn’t caught more than three passes since Week 1 against the Giants. With Austin mending, Williams has gotten more work, grabbing 18 receptions on 21 targets for 309 yards and two touchdowns.

Vick, Foles Share Special Relationship - Alex Smith,
The duo spoke to the media together, a sign of how much respect they have for one another. It is hard to imagine any other team’s top two signal-callers standing side-by-side and having a great time with a huge NFC East matchup right around the corner. At times Foles and Vick joked with reporters about their relationship, but they were very serious when speaking about doing whatever it takes to win football games.

Foles-Vick Joint Presser

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