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Eagles News: Philadelphia could cause some matchup problems for Dallas

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/19/15.

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Eagles face a must-win game against the Cowboys - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #113). This episode features a preview of the Eagles' big game against the Cowboys.

Your Comprehensive Week 2 NFL Picks - Grantland
EAGLES (-5) over Cowboys - The Eagles feel like a very bad matchup for the Cowboys as presently constructed. As we saw against Atlanta, the best way to stop Philly is going to be to generate a steady pass rush and force Sam Bradford into rushing his throws. The Cowboys may not have that rush, given that they lost Randy Gregory to a high-ankle sprain and won’t have Greg Hardy back for a few more weeks. The Cowboys are also built around their dominant offensive line, but Philadelphia is one of the few front sevens deep and athletic enough to match up with Dallas’s front five.

Eagles vs. Cowboys Predictions - PhillyVoice
I'll keep this short and sweet. The Cowboys are missing their best player (Dez Bryant), their best defensive back (Orlando Scandrick), their best pass rusher (Greg Hardy), another dynamic pass rusher (Randy Gregory), their starting middle linebacker (Rolando McClain), and possibly their starting left guard (Ronald Leary). If the Eagles can't take care of business with all those guys out, they're in big trouble. I do think they'll win. They better win. Let's call it 27-24.

For Eagles, it's a good time to face the Cowboys - CSN Philly
Maybe timing isn’t everything, but it’s important. The Eagles started slow last week and the secondary didn’t play particularly well, but it’s early. There are 15 games remaining in the regular season. So much can happen. Drop a game like that late in the year and there’s cause for concern. But stumble just as things get underway and there’s plenty of time to course correct. And now, as the Eagles attempt to right themselves and push forward, the Cowboys limp into town for a division game without some of their best personnel.

Breaking down the dumbest picture of Dallas Cowboys fans that you’ll ever see - The 700 Level
If you google "Dallas Cowboys fans who look and smell like garbage" you'll get tons of results, but none as incredible as this one.

Eagle Eye: Sean Lee's Impact On Dallas 'D' -
After being one of the worst defenses over the past couple of seasons, I came away pretty impressed with Dallas against New York. Sure, the Giants' offense wasn’t exactly firing on all cylinders, but the longest pass play Dallas allowed came on the final play of the game in a prevent defense. They’ve added pieces here and there, and despite the fact that some of their best players won’t suit up on Sunday (Orlando Scandrick is on Injured Reserve; Randy Gregory is injured; and Rolando McClain and Greg Hardy are both suspended), they’re a well-coached unit with talent at all three levels. Along the defensive line, I thought Gregory flashed in his first game last week against New York. When he and Hardy return, they’ll have a pretty good rotation with DeMarcus Lawrence, Jeremy Mincey and rookie Ryan Russell. A former starter at defensive end, Tyrone Crawford, slides inside to defensive tackle this season, and he had a big impact on the game against the Giants.

All-22: Why the Eagles Abandoned the Run - Birds 24/7
When asked by a reporter yesterday about the performance of his offensive line, Chip Kelly categorically dismissed criticisms of the unit's run blocking. "Well, we didn't call many runs. So I think it's a misconception to say that we didn't run the ball very well," Kelly said. "It's tough to evaluate the run if we are not running it." Although he makes a fair point about having a small sample size, it's not tough at all to evaluate how effective Philadelphia's 16 running plays were. The Eagles averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, which for comparison's sake, would place them in the bottom third of the NFL in last season's team rushing rankings. You could also see their struggles from the start of the game—not to mention talking to the players themselves.

5 things for Eagles to worry about vs. Dallas Cowboys -
Home Field Advantage: In two years, under Chip Kelly, the Eagles are 10-7 at Lincoln Financial Field (they are the same 10-7 on the road). More pressing is the fact they are 0-3 in "big'' games at home, losing to New Orleans in the 2013 wild-card game and losing late-season games with playoff implications at home to Dallas and Seattle in 2014. It's too early in the season to call this real big, but it is a game the Eagles really need to win. And it's time they do that at home.

Chris Christie isn’t a Dallas Cowboys super fan. He’s an Eagles sleeper agent. - SB Nation
Are the New Jersey Governor, a large bird of prey and a referee conspiring to guarantee the Eagles a win over the Cowboys this week? The truth is out there, sheeple.

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