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Posted 10 November 2012 - 04:51 AM


Further Preview: Inside Eagles-Cowboys

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012, 1:23 AM

By Andrew Koob

Daily News Staff Writer


Lincoln Financial Field 4:25 p.m.

TV: Fox

Radio: WIP (94.1-FM, 610-AM); WTTM (1680 Spanish)

Weather: 63, sunny

Injury Report: Page 34

Game line: Cowboys -1 1/2

Over/Under: 44 1/2

Three Keys to an Eagles win

1. Get Vick out of the pocket: With the offensive line in shambles and the Cowboys featuring one of the best pass rushers in DeMarcus Ware, Michael Vick will have almost no time if he sits in the pocket.

2. Force turnovers: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo leads the league with 13 interceptions thrown. Only against the Panthers in a 19-14 victory on Oct. 21 did he not throw one pick.

3. Give Shady the ball: The running game worked very well for the Eagles and, frankly, Vick needs a break from finding himself on the ground once every three dropbacks.

SPOTLIGHT ON ... Brandon Graham

Position: Defensive end

Height/Weight: 6-2 / 265

Age: 24

Birthdate: April 3, 1988

Hometown: Detroit

College: Michigan

Acquired: First-round pick (13th overall) by the Eagles in 2010 draft

Stats vs. the Saints: Two tackles (one solo, one assisted) and a forced fumble/fumble recovery

Career: In his first two seasons in the NFL, Graham dealt with the lingering effects of a torn ACL. Now completely healthy, he has 14 tackles (11 solo, three assisted) and has been one of the few bright spots on an often-criticized defensive line.

Did you know? Graham loves doing flips in gymnastics, and says he can do about 10 in a row.


Rushing attack: Both LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown impressed with some long runs and, along with Vick, rushed for 156 yards in the first half. The total could have been more, but a 21-3 deficit going into the second half saw more passes from Vick.

DeSean Jackson: The speedy wide receiver did most of his damage on a 77 -yard touchdown catch where there wasn't a defender within 10 yards of him, but his hustle to beat the final two defenders kept the Eagles in the game and away from the red zone.


Red-zone offense: The Eagles went 0-for-5 in the red zone and missed opportunities from the 4, the 5, the 5 again and the 15 against the Saints. The offense made what was supposed to be one the league's worst defenses look like one of the best.

Brent Celek: Celek had five catches for 47 yards, but his tipped ball into the hands of Patrick Robinson for what could have been a 14-point swing and his fourth-quarter fumble gave away both momentum and the game to the Saints.

OBSCURE FACT: Sunday will be the 107th meeting between these teams. The Cowboys lead the overall series, 59-47.