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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "Revenge Is The Order Of The Day."

Latest Cowboys headlines: "Revenge" for the Thanksgiving loss is a strong theme in today's headlines; Tony Romo's stellar season; Cowboys not hamstrung this year.

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Cowboys will beat Eagles to take control of NFC East | New York Post
I can imagine it's hard for the New York media to pick favorites in this game, but Bart Hubbuch leaves no doubt whatsoever about who he sees winning this one.

Shaky quarterback play is the last thing the Eagles need against an opponent that has had their number at The Linc for much of the decade. The Cowboys come in having won four of their past five games in Philadelphia, including a 17-3 win last year that still marks the fewest points scored in Kelly’s nearly two-year NFL coaching career.

Despite facing a Seahawks offense that had struggled to do anything even during Seattle’s recent, season-saving hot streak, the Eagles gave up 440 total yards — including a whopping 188 yards on the ground. The air is where Philadelphia’s biggest concern will be Sunday night, though. The Eagles go in ranked 26th in the NFL in pass defense and 28th in passing touchdowns allowed.

But can the Eagles expect to get to Romo as well as they did in the last meeting, when he was sacked four times? It looks doubtful, considering Romo is moving much better and Dallas’ potent offensive line — arguably the NFL’s best — isn’t a strong candidate to be embarrassed twice in less than three weeks.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, revenge is likely to be the order of the day instead.

Moore: Cowboys look for revenge in NFC East championship bout | Dallas Morning News
Tony Romo explains what the difference is between the 2014 team and the previous three teams that lost their final games games of the season - and a playoff spot.

"This team is completely different than some of those teams in years past,’’ Romo said. "We’re much better up front. We’re probably blocking better than we have in some of those other times where it wasn’t as clean as it will be now.

"I think defensively, we’ll probably get an extra stop or two that allows us to do something, and special teams will create another play. That’s why you’re 9-4 instead of 8-7 or what we were.

"That’s the difference in a team that has a chance and teams that are trying to do everything perfect to win.’’

3 Keys to the Cowboys' Revenge |
Ross Tucker argues that the performance of the Cowboys linemen, especially on offense, has been a strength for Dallas all season, which is why it was so surprising that they were dominated up front on Thanksgiving. Tucker suggests three ways how the Cowboys can turn the tables: Control the game from the beginning, don't be overly aggressive on defense, and know where Fletcher Cox is on every play.


Start 'em, Sit 'em, Smash 'em | National Football Post
Joe Fortenbaugh explains why you should start Tony Romo on your fantasy team this week.

The Dallas signal-caller is completing a staggering 69.1 percent of his passes this season (career-high) and is coming off a three-touchdown outing against the sinking ship known as the Chicago Bears. But the real upside here is twofold: First, Romo and the Cowboys are on ten days rest heading into a revenge game against a Philadelphia team that embarrassed the Cowboys in their own building back on Thanksgiving. Second, the Eagles currently rank 26th in the NFL in pass defense (258.1 yds/gm) while surrendering an average of 23.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season (second-most in NFL). The Las Vegas over/under for this rematch is set at 55.5, so expect to see some fireworks on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

Passing Leaders in ANY/A Value Added Through 14 weeks - Football Perspective
We've championed ANY/A here on BTB for a few years now, so it's nice to see that Tony Romo is ranked third in the league in this metric behind only Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

With the great season that DeMarco Murray is having, it’s easy to overlook Tony Romo. But the Cowboys quarterback ranks third in ANY/A and sixth in value added.


Bob Sturm scouts the Eagles: This talented Philly trio jumps off the screen | DMN
LB Mychal Kendricks, DE Fletcher Cox, and WR Jeremy Maclin are the players that stand out to Sturm.

Twitter mailbag: Cowboys not hamstrung this year - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Todzilla answers a reader question about what the Cowboys have done to all but eliminate soft tissue injuries.

The Cowboys altered their stretching program during the week, going through what they call a dynamic warm-up. That's helped. They have added ballet bars to the locker room walls for players to stretch, as well as other equipment. It's one thing to have players suffer structural injuries. That's football. That's going to happen. But the soft-tissue injuries are troublesome because they do seem to be a little bit more controllable. And I'll point out Miles Austin didn't have hamstring issues in Cleveland this year. His season ended because of a kidney problem.

Cowboys-Eagles key matchup: Rolando McClain vs. LeSean McCoy | Star Telegram
This 54-word article is too short to quote from, and too short to contain anything you wouldn't have guessed from the 9-word headline.

Dallas Cowboys' Josh Brent out against Philadelphia Eagles - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
The calf injury that had Brent listed as doubtful on the injury reports may be a little more serious than the injury report indicates. Archer thinks that Brent might not play again this season.

Cowboys promote DE Kenneth Boatright | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys officially called up defensive end Kenneth Boatright from the practice squad on Saturday. The move had been announced on Thursday, but was submitted to the NFL on Saturday. Boatright is not expected to be active today, prompting speculation that the promotion may have been due to the interest by another team in Boatright.

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