During the 2012 season, I continuously made "previews" for the Cowboys games each week. It was a very detailed story pretty much, where I basically went through the entire game by quarter, "predicting" what would happen. Now, before the draft or free agency is even complete, I will do that for every game on the schedule right now. Granted, this fake preview is probably not accurate in the least. I have no idea how rookies and other free agent signing will impact the games. However unrealistic and detailed beyond belief this is, it is not a real preview, but it is just fun to pretend I have been to the future and seen these games.
Week 1: @ New Orleans
Week 2: vs St. Louis
Week 3: @ Detroit
Week 4: vs Green Bay
Week 5: @Philadelphia
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: @ Kansas
Week 8: vs Minnesota
Week 9: @ New York (Giants)
Week 10: vs Washington
Week 11: vs Denver
Week 12: @ San Diego
Week 13: vs Philadelphia
Week 14: vs New York (Giants)
Week 15: vs Oakland
Week 16: @ Washington
Week 17: @ Chicago
Week 13: vs Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys will be hosting the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13, without their starting QB in Tony Romo, who will be out with a concussion, resting one more game before a big game clash with the Giants in the following week. Luckily for the Cowboys, the Eagles will be without Micheal Vick, and will be starting Nick Foles, which should make it a much easier outing.
Kyle Orton, DAL: Orton is no Romo. While he may be a very solid backup, the Eagles defense will be breathing a sigh of relief knowing Romo will be on the sidelines. Orton will have to prove his worth as a 5 million dollar backup and have a big game to make up for the lack of talent in the backfield on the day.
Nick Foles, PHI: Just like Dallas, the Eagles starting QB will be sitting this one out in the Battle of the Backups. Foles did pretty well in 2012, and will have to play at a high level again. Although the Dallas offense may not be as on point, Foles will still have to make sure he limits his mistakes.
Quarter by Quarter:
Q1: The Cowboys will start with the ball. Orton will go 3 and out on his first series as the starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Nick Foles will immediately have success, as DeSean Jackson is able to burn Brandon Carr for a big game. On the next play, LeSean McCoy will get a good piece of Lee on a 5 yard carry. Lee will fracture a finger and be out for the game. McCoy will continue to beat up the weakened run defense, and run one in for an easy TD. The Cowboys will still not score on their next possession, but neither will the Eagles. With the first quarter winding down, Dallas will have the ball inside their own 10. Orton will severely overthrow Miles Austin on the next play, and Brandon Boykin will be in place to pick it off. He will easily return it for a TD, making it 14-0 as the first ends.
Q2: Orton will already be in an effort to comeback. Running the ball a bit, the Eagles defense expects it and does not let Murray get anywhere. Orton once again gets nothing going on offense. Through the second quarter, the Cowboys continue to play woefully on offense, and LeSean McCoy adds another TD. With 2 minutes left in the half, down 21-0, the Cowboys need something. It does not come, as Kenny Phillips gets to an underthrown pass to Bryant. The Eagles are unable to do anything with the possession, but will go into halftime, losing 21-0.
Q3: In the third quarter, Dallas will try to make it a ballgame again. Orton will lead a good looking drive, but it will only end up with a field goal. However, the defense limits the Eagles production on offense to give the ball back to the Cowboys. Orton gets down to the redzone, before making another bad throw. This time, going for Witten on a short hook, DeMeco Ryans tips it into the air. Kenny Phillips dives for it, and secures it, for his second pick of the game. The Eagles offense looks good again, but on a short pass to McCoy, Bruce Carter steps up, intercepting the ball and returning it to the 50 yard line. The Cowboys will have some life, as Orton leads another good drive, and finishes this time with a short slant TD to Austin. Dallas heads into the fourth quarter, down 21-10.
Q4: The fourth quarter starts off on a good note, as Barry Church brings a safety blitz and gets a clear shot at Foles, knocking the ball loose. DeMarcus Ware gets on it, and the Cowboys have the ball at the Eagles 15. Orton does a good job on the play action, and decides to take it on a scamper, getting the Eagles 10. Murray gets the first down on a run, and Orton finds Austin again, this time on a fade, to make it 21-17, in a furious comeback effort. The Eagles come back on the field, but Foles, who has a broken rib, is no longer in. The Eagles are featuring Trent Edwards. LeSean McCoy gets 5 handoffs in a row, getting a staggering 60 yards, and the Eagles are in field goal range. A short screen to Jackson gets to the Cowboys 15, with 10 minutes left in the quarter. Edwards goes for the play action, and finds Brent Celek, who gets to the Cowboys 5. The defense sacks Edwards twice in a row though, to bring up 3rd and goal from the 15. Claiborne does a good job defending Jackson, and almost intercepts a pass. Ultimately, the Eagles get a field goal, and have a TD lead with 8 minutes left. Orton takes a long drive to the Cowboys 40, burning almost 4 minutes off the clock. But Orton puts the nail on the coffin, when a pass for Bryant is intercepted by Patrick Chung. Chung gets a good return, all the way to the Cowboys 30, essentially ending all the Cowboys chances. The Eagles burn the clock down to 2 minutes, before going for the field goal. The Cowboys are given a godsend when Anthony Spencer is able to block the kick and the Cowboys have the ball at the Eagles 35, with 2 minutes left to get a TD and send it to OT. Orton is sacked on the first play. It is incomplete to Bryant on the next play. Patrick Chung drops an interception on third down, bringing up a 4th and 15. Orton drops back and after a short scramble, throws a shaky pass to Austin. Austin makes a leaping catch, but it is only for 10 yards and the Eagles get the ball back. It takes one McCoy run to take the ball down to the Cowboys 20. The Eagles burn out the clock, and the Cowboys lose their third straight, falling to 6-6.
Final Score: Philadelphia Eagles 24, Dallas Cowboys 17