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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:55 AM

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Further preview: Inside Eagles-Cowboys

Andrew Koob, Daily News Staff Writer

Posted: Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12:23 AM


GAME 12: EAGLES (3-8) at COWBOYS (5-6)

Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Sunday, 8:20 p.m.

TV: NBC10

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

Weather: Cloudy, 60 degrees

Game line: Eagles +10.5

Over/Under: 43

Three Keys to an Eagles win

1. Pressure Romo: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is known for sharing the ball with the offense and defense. This year, Romo has thrown 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

2. Run, run, run: Andy Reid did a good job of feeding the hot hand of Bryce Brown and letting Nick Foles throw short, easy passes. With an actual pass rusher in DeMarcus Ware on the other side of the ball, the offensive gameplan shouldn't change too much from Monday's.

3. Secondary play: If Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman play the way they did Monday night, Dallas wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin will have a field day.

Spotlight on ... Trent Cole

Position: Defensive end

Height/Weight: 6-3 / 270

Age: 30

Birthdate: Oct. 5, 1982

Hometown: Xenia, Ohio

College: Cincinnati

Acquired: Fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2005 draft (146th overall)

Stats vs. the Panthers: four tackles

Career: In eight seasons, Cole has 445 total tackles (344 solo, 101 assisted) with 70 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and an interception for a touchdown (against the Giants in 2006)

Did you know? Cole is an avid hunter, even going boar hunting with Patriots offensive linemen
Logan Mankins and Matt Light during his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2008.


Who's hot

BRYCE BROWN: Although two fumbles didn't help, Brown (getting his first start since his senior year at Wichita High School East) stepped up big with 178 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

ALEX HENERY: The second-year kicker has been one of the few consistent players on the team. His three field goals give him a streak of 19 consecutive and he is now 20-for-21 on the season.


Who's not

SECONDARY: Panthers receivers had plenty of space as they ran behind the entire Eagles secondary. The two big plays: Greg Barnidge's 24-yard touchdown catch (his first career) and Brandon LaFell's 43-yard touchdown catch. Overall, Panthers QB Cam Newton averaged 10.3 yards per pass.

BRANDON BOYKIN: His 44-yard kickoff return with 4 1/2 minutes left would have put the offense in a good position to tie the game if he had actually held on to the ball. No surprise the defense had trouble stopping the Panthers in the final minutes.

Obscure fact

The last time the Eagles lost two regular-season games to the Cowboys was the 2009 season, when Dallas won in November (20-16) and January (24-0). The Eagles also lost to the Cowboys the following week in the wild card (34-14).

Daily News picks

Ed Barkowitz: Dallas, 27-13

Les Bowen: Dallas, 27-15

Bob Cooney: Dallas, 31-17

Paul Domowitch: Dallas, 31-13

Marcus Hayes: Dallas, 30-24

John Smallwood: Dallas, 24-13

Vegas Vic: Dallas, 37-14



Andrew Koob Daily News Staff Writer