The 2004 Eagles are back in the spotlight thanks to Terrell Owens, who come to think of it helped them get into the spotlight back then, too.
The now-Dallas wide receiver said Thursday that the 2008 Cowboys are “way more talented” than that Eagles team, which went to the Super Bowl, winning 13 games in the regular season (starting 13-1 and then resting the starters in the last two regular-season games), scoring an average of 24 points per game and allowing an average of 16 points per game.
Asked about Owens’ comments, Eagles safety Brian Dawkins said: “I don’t even think about it in that way. Those are his opinions about his team. Quite frankly, he’s supposed to have high expectations and high hopes for his team. 2004 was a great year for this Eagles organization. We made a great run; we didn’t finish it. That’s where it ends. I can’t worry about what someone else is saying about whatever. My focus is completely and totally on this football team — the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Owens’ comments made us want to stack up the lineup of the 2004 Eagles vs. the lineup for this year’s Cowboys, who come into Monday night’s showdown with the Eagles off a 28-10 win over Cleveland. The Cowboys put up 487 yards in total offense against the Browns, second-most in the league in Week 1 behind the 522 that the Eagles posted in their 38-3 win over St. Louis.
Here is how it breaks down, although we had to adjust on defense since the Eagles play a 4-3 and the Cowboys are a 3-4. By the way, eight players who started for the 2004 Eagles are expected to start Monday night, five on offense, two in the secondary on defense and kicker David Akers. Let us know which team you think is more talented.
WR -- Terrell Owens vs. Terrell Owens
LT – Tra Thomas vs. Flozell Adams
LG – Artis Hcks vs. Cory Procter
C – Hank Fraley vs. Andre Gurode
RG – Jermane Mayberry vs. Leonard Davis
RT – Jon Runyan vs. Marc Colombo
TE – L.J. Smith vs. Jason Witten
WR – Todd Pinkston vs. Patrick Crayton
QB – Donovan McNabb vs. Tony Romo
FB – Josh Parry vs. Deon Anderson
RB – Brian Westbrook vs. Marion Barber
LE – Jevon Kearse vs. Marcus Spears
NT – Corey Simon vs. Jay Ratliff
RE – Darwin Walker (right DT) vs. Chris Canty
SLB – Dhani Jones vs. Greg Ellis
MILB – Jeremiah Trotter vs. Bradie James
MOLB – Derrick Burgess (right DE) Zach Thomas
WLB – Mark Simoneau vs. DeMarcus Ware
LCB – Lito Sheppard vs. Terence Newman
RCB – Sheldon Brown vs. Anthony Henry
FS – Brian Dawkins vs. Ken Hamlin
SS – Michael Lewis vs. Roy Williams
P – Dirk Johnson vs. Mat McBriar
K – David Akers vs. Nick Folk
KR – J.R. Reed vs. Felix Jones
PR – Dexter Wynn vs. Adam Jones
John Smallwood has more on TO's remarks in today's Daily News.