4:25 PM ET, November 11, 2012
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia tries to avoid dropping five straight for the first time under coach Andy Reid when it hosts Dallas, which has lost four of five.
Since winning three of their first four games, the Eagles' season has taken a turn for the worse. Philadelphia (3-5) saw its woes continue Monday in a 28-13 road loss to New Orleans, which sacked Michael Vick seven times thanks to a dismal display from the Eagles' depleted offensive line.
"I've just got to believe in the guys in front of me and do whatever it takes to get the ball out whether I've got to slide or move, break contain," said Vick, who will continue to start under center. "Regardless, I just have to continue to maintain trust in them. That's part of my job as a quarterback and I have to keep believing. Keep believing."
Already without left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and right guard Danny Watkins, Philadelphia suffered another big blow when Todd Herremans suffered a dislocated bone and ligament damage in his right foot. The right tackle was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.
Herremans' absence could make things all the more difficult on Philadelphia, which can't afford to slip any further in the standings. The Eagles are in a second-place tie with Dallas, 2 1/2 games behind division-leading New York.
Philadelphia hasn't been handed five straight losses since opening 0-5 in 1998 -- the season before Reid took over.
"We've got to find a way to win a football game," said Vick, who completed just 22 of 41 passes for 272 yards with a touchdown and an interception against the Saints. "We miss that feeling of winning and it's been a long time since we've had one, so it's important to come out this week, have a great week of practice, a great week of preparation and get ready to play a good football game."
The Cowboys (3-5) are in a similar situation, knowing another loss Sunday could prove too much to overcome.
"We've dug ourselves a hole and we just got to keep fighting," defensive end Jason Hatcher said. "We've got the right guys to do it, we just have to go out there and believe and do it, stop talking about it and be the team that we're supposed to be."
Dallas is coming off Sunday night's 19-13 loss at undefeated Atlanta, giving up a season-high 453 yards of total offense. The Cowboys settled for field goals on their first two drives and scored their only touchdown with 5:21 remaining in the game.
"There have been too many different things," said tight end Jason Witten, who hauled in seven catches to become the team's all-time leader with 754, surpassing Michael Irvin. "(Teams) that are good in this league are consistent. That's not what we've been.
"Each week it's different, and you've got to eliminate it and get it fixed. ... The results have got to come. They've got to come soon."
While Tony Romo threw for 321 yards with a TD, the Cowboys managed just 65 yards on the ground. Dallas is averaging 83.4 rushing yards to rank 29th in the league and could have a hard time running the ball again with DeMarco Murray (sprained foot) missing a fourth consecutive game.
The Cowboys, though, are hoping to have linebacker Dan Connor available after he sat out last week with a neck injury.
"A desperate football team? I wouldn't say that at all," coach Jason Garrett said. "You've heard me use the word urgent a lot around here. We believe in urgency 365 days out of the year. That's where we are right now. We have to be urgent in our preparation ... getting ready for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday."
The Cowboys are looking to avoid a third consecutive loss in this series after dropping both matchups last season by a combined 54-14. Vick threw for 572 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in those games, improving to 3-0 as a starter against Dallas since 2010.
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|Avg Points Allowed||22.7||24.6|
Team Averages & NFL Ranks
|TEAM OFFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|TEAM DEFENSE||TEAM||PER GAME AVERAGE|
|Pass Yds Allowed||DAL|
|Rush Yds Allowed||DAL|
Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
|Philadelphia leads 14-11|
|Dec 24, 2011||DAL 7, PHI 20|
|Oct 30, 2011||DAL 7, @PHI 34|
|Jan 2, 2011||DAL 14, @PHI 13|
|Dec 12, 2010||DAL 27, PHI 30|
|Jan 9, 2010||DAL 34, PHI 14|
|Jan 3, 2010||DAL 24, PHI 0|
|Nov 8, 2009||DAL 20, @PHI 16|
|Dec 28, 2008||DAL 6, @PHI 44|
|Sep 15, 2008||DAL 41, PHI 37|
|Dec 16, 2007||DAL 6, PHI 10|
|Nov 4, 2007||DAL 38, @PHI 17|
|Dec 25, 2006||DAL 7, PHI 23|
|Oct 8, 2006||DAL 24, @PHI 38|
|Nov 14, 2005||DAL 21, @PHI 20|
|Oct 9, 2005||DAL 33, PHI 10|
|Dec 19, 2004||DAL 7, @PHI 12|
|Nov 15, 2004||DAL 21, PHI 49|
|Dec 7, 2003||DAL 10, @PHI 36|
|Oct 12, 2003||DAL 23, PHI 21|
|Dec 21, 2002||DAL 3, PHI 27|
|Sep 22, 2002||DAL 13, @PHI 44|
|Nov 18, 2001||DAL 3, PHI 36|
|Sep 30, 2001||DAL 18, @PHI 40|
From Elias: The Eagles and Cowboys are both 3-5 this season and will meet on Sunday. It will be the first time since October 28, 1990 that these teams have met when both teams had losing records -- they've met 43 times since the last time they met while BOTH were under .500. That's the second-longest streak among divisional opponents in NFL history -- the Redskins and Eagles had a 45-game streak from 1971 to 1993. When that streak ends Sunday, the longest active streak will belong to the Dolphins and Patriots, who have played 40 times since they last met while both had losing records (November 10, 1991).
Michael Vick has thrown an interception once every 25.6 attempts against four or fewer pass rushers this season, the third-worst rate in the NFL this season. Against five-plus rushers, however, Vick has one pick in 100 attempts, the best rate in the NFL.[+]
Michael Vick by No. of Pass Rushers - This Season
No quarterback has been sacked or put under duress at a higher rate than Michael Vick this season, which has led to a league-high 17 thrown-away passes. The Cowboys have sacked or put opposing quarterbacks under duress 24.9 percent of the time this season, the fifth-highest rate in the NFL. Duress is defined as being forced to move or alter throw due to pressure.[+]
Tony Romo has thrown a league-leading 13 interceptions this season, but it could actually be worse. Romo has had four potential interceptions dropped by defenders, tied for most in the NFL this season.
The Eagles have allowed opponents to go 6-of-8 on throws 15 yards or more downfield since firing Juan Castillo (31.0 comp pct in first six games). Tony Romo has yet to throw an interception on such throws on the road this season and has completed nearly 58 percent of those passes.[+]
Tony Romo Passing 15+ Yards Downfield - This Season
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