Eagles-Cowboys II: Predictions, matchups

Week 17 has arrived and the Eagles know what stands in front of them: Beat Dallas and they win the division title and get a first-round bye; lose and they are a wild-card team and will play a road game next weekend.

Les Bowen will blog before, during and after the game from the new Cowboys Stadium, but we start your final regular-season Sunday with the staff predictions and key matchups.


Les Bowen: Cowboys, 26-24

Ed Barkowitz: Eagles, 24-20

Bill Conlin: Eagles, 27-24

Paul Domowitch: Cowboys, 21-20

Marcus Hayes: Cowboys, 24-20

Mike Kern: Cowboys, 31-27

Vegas Vic: Eagles, 27-25


Todd Archer: Cowboys, 30-20

Tim Cowlishaw: Eagles, 27-20

Gerry Fraley: Cowboys, 19-17

Rick Gossellin: Cowboys, 38-35

David Moore: Eagles, 24-23

Bill Nichols: Cowboys, 28-24

Kevin Sherrington: Eagles, 21-17

Jean-Jacques Taylor: Cowboys, 20-17


1.Eagles C Nick Cole and RG Max Jean-Gilles vs. Cowboys NT Jay Ratliff. Ratliff is an athletic NT with 6 sacks. Cole is making his first start at center and Jean-Gilles doesn't really have the feet to deal with a nose man with Ratliff's agility. Advantage: Cowboys

2. Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Cowboys LT Flozell Adams. Cole has 12 1/2 sacks, including 3 in the last 2 games. The 6-7 Adams has had a lot of problems with the high-motor Cole, who plays low and can't get under the bigger man's pads. Advantage: Eagles

3. Eagles WRs DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin vs. Cowboys CBs Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins. Newman and Jenkins held them to a combined 5 catches for 73 yards in first meeting. Since then, they've combined for nearly 1,000 yards and averaged a collective 15.9 yards per catch. Advantage: Eagles