GameDay: Predictions, matchups

The hours are counting down to the big Monday Night Football showdown in Texas between the Eagles and the Cowboys. Here is how members of the Daily News staff see the game:

Les Bowen: Cowboys 17, Eagles 13 (For Les' expanded pick, click here)

Ed Barkowitz: Cowboys 24, Eagles 20

Bill Conlin: Eagles 24, Cowboys 17

Paul Domowitch: Cowboys 13, Eagles 10

Marcus Hayes: Cowboys 24, Eagles 16

John Smallwood: Cowboys 24, Eagles 21

Vegas Vic: Eagles 21, Cowboys 17

By the way, all eight reporters in the Dallas Morning News picks took the Cowboys.


Here are some key matchups to watch:

Eagles SLB Chris Gocong and FS Brian Dawkins vs. Cowboys TE Jason Witten: Gocong and Dawkins likely will spend the most time with Witten, who had 96 receptions last season. Advantage: Cowboys.

Eagles RDE Trent Cole vs. Cowboys LT Flozell Adams: Adams has struggled with the smaller Cole, who probably also will be chipped by a running back or tight end. Advantage: Eagles.

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson vs. Cowboys CB Anthony Henry: Henry is no match for Jackson's downfield speed, but has the size to slow him up at the line of scrimmage. Advantage: Eagles.


Here is an interesting take from Jean-Jacques Taylor, of the Dallas Morning News, about how important this game is to the Cowboys: "To beat the Eagles and take some of their confidence away would be a big positive for Dallas. The season doesn't ride on this game – we all know that – but if Dallas doesn't win, it's psyche will be damaged no matter how the owner, coach and players attempt to spin it afterward." More from Taylor.