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Li-TO and T.O.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Monday that it was too early to tell how he planned to defend Terrell Owens on Monday night. In last year's second meeting - a 10-6 Eagles win - Johnson put Lito Sheppard on Owens, who finished with just two receptions for 37 yards.

Li-TO and T.O.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said Monday that it was too early to tell how he planned to defend Terrell Owens on Monday night.

In last year’s second meeting – a 10-6 Eagles win – Johnson put Lito Sheppard on Owens, who finished with just two receptions for 37 yards.

“They’re moving T.O. around a little bit more than last year,” Johnson said in what is sure to not be the last time this week he is asked about Owens.

Owens had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening win over Cleveland on Sunday.

Of course, the Eagles did much better against T.O. in the second meeting last year than in the first.

Owens had 10 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 38-17 win at the Linc. Owens followed the game with this gem: “There’s a lot of love n those boos … The fans love me here.”

Going back to 2006, Owens’ first season in Dallas, he had three receptions for 45 yards in his first game in Philly, a 38-24 Eagles win, capped by Sheppard’s 102-yard interception return in the closing moments.

At Texas Stadium, Owens had two catches for 37 yards in the Eagles’ 23-7 win on Christmas Night.

Add it all up and the Eagles are 3-1 against the Cowboys since Owens moved to Texas. That, of course, will mean nothing come Monday night.

And speaking of Sheppard -- but not to Sheppard, who still has not spoken to reporters since last week after leaving the locker room before the media was allowed in after Sunday’s game -- Johnson said Asante Samuel was on for 41 plays against the Rams, Sheldon Brown 34 and Lito Sheppard 31. According to Daily News figures, Sheppard was on the field for 28 of the Eagles' 40 defensive plays, including 20 with Samuel and Brown in nickel (five defensive backs) and dime (more than five) packages, and eight in which he replaced Brown at right cornerback in their base defense.

From today's Daily News ...

* Check out Les Bowen's Further Review.

* Sam Donnellon writes on the Eagles' frame of mind after the blowout win in the opener.

* Darren Howard might have played his best game as an Eagle.

* DeSean Jackson's debut got us thinking about other great opening acts in Philly sports history.

* And from the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys expect Marion Barber to be ready for Monday night.

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