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Who's picking the Eagles?

Some quick notes before we get to the picks. Philly.com's Eagles section has all of today's preview stories and columns from The Inquirer and Daily News. And like I mentioned yesterday, I'll be hosting a live, in-game chat during tonight's contest. Also, last week we introduced a "gametracker" feature so be sure to check that out. And finally, I listed some prop bets for tonight's game in a post yesterday. Now on to the game. This is a roundup of who people are picking. My pick is tacked on to the bottom. Feel free to chime in with your predictions. Eagletarian blogger and Daily News beat writer Les Bowen picks the Cowboys, 17-13. The Daily News' Paul Domowitch picks the Cowboys, 13-10. SI.com's Peter King likes the Cowboys, 28-23: I pick Dallas because I think Dallas is the best team in the NFC right now. But what's important in this game, as Bill Cowher used to tell his Steelers, is to withstand the early barrage of emotion from the Cowboys and noise from the fans. By late in the first quarter, it will be a football game, not a frenzied pit bull attack. McNabb's the kind of player who can ignore all the stuff swirling around at the start of the game, settle his team down and be sure that the best team wins. That's the most troubling thing for the Cowboys tonight, that the stage won't be too big for the other quarterback. The folks on ESPN's Sunday Countdown are split on tonight's game. Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Chris Mortensen like the Eagles. Cris Carter and Tom Jackson like the Cowboys. The same can be said for the rest of ESPN's "experts." Four out of seven pick the Cowboys. Three of six CBSSports.com experts pick the Eagles. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com likes the Cowboys, 36-28: The Eagles appear to be back on track after a so-so 2007 season. Donovan McNabb was sharp against the Rams. But this is a road Monday night game. Those are brutal on teams. Dallas looks to be the best team right now, and they show it off some more. Look for their big line to handle Jim Johnson's blitz packages, allowing big plays in the passing game. Cowboys take it in a shootout. CBSSports.com's Harmon Forecast picks the Cowboys, 28-20. All eight USA Today experts pick the Cowboys. All eight staff picks from the Dallas Morning News go with the Cowboys. My pick Monday night record: 2-0 I haven't been in Philadelphia for an entire Eagles season since 2000. Sure, I've followed the team from afar and have often returned for football weekends, but I missed out on the general buzz leading up to a big game. That's been fun this week. But like everyone else, I've had my fill of T.O., Jessica Simpson and Pacman Jones and am ready for the actual game to begin. While the Eagles won't match last week's offensive output, I expect them to be able to move the football pretty efficiently. Donovan McNabb was not sacked in Week 1 against the Rams. I did some research and discovered the last time McNabb played pretty much a whole game and wasn't sacked was Week 11 of the 2003 season. See the game logs for yourself. Defensively, it will be interesting to see how Jim Johnson attacks Tony Romo and the Cowboys' playmakers. Obviously, getting to Romo and forcing turnovers could decide the game. Maybe the excitement has gotten to me, but I'm going with the Birds, 24-21. The pick: Eagles (+6.5)

Who's picking the Eagles?

Some quick notes before we get to the picks.

Philly.com's Eagles section has all of today's preview stories and columns from The Inquirer and Daily News.

And like I mentioned yesterday, I'll be hosting a live, in-game chat during tonight's contest. Also, last week we introduced a "gametracker" feature so be sure to check that out. And finally, I listed some prop bets for tonight's game in a post yesterday.

Now on to the game. This is a roundup of who people are picking. My pick is tacked on to the bottom. Feel free to chime in with your predictions.

Eagletarian blogger and Daily News beat writer Les Bowen picks the Cowboys, 17-13.

The Daily News' Paul Domowitch picks the Cowboys, 13-10.

SI.com's Peter King likes the Cowboys, 28-23:

I pick Dallas because I think Dallas is the best team in the NFC right now. But what's important in this game, as Bill Cowher used to tell his Steelers, is to withstand the early barrage of emotion from the Cowboys and noise from the fans. By late in the first quarter, it will be a football game, not a frenzied pit bull attack. McNabb's the kind of player who can ignore all the stuff swirling around at the start of the game, settle his team down and be sure that the best team wins. That's the most troubling thing for the Cowboys tonight, that the stage won't be too big for the other quarterback.

The folks on ESPN's Sunday Countdown are split on tonight's game. Mike Ditka, Keyshawn Johnson and Chris Mortensen like the Eagles. Cris Carter and Tom Jackson like the Cowboys. The same can be said for the rest of ESPN's "experts." Four out of seven pick the Cowboys.

Three of six CBSSports.com experts pick the Eagles. Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com likes the Cowboys, 36-28:

The Eagles appear to be back on track after a so-so 2007 season. Donovan McNabb was sharp against the Rams. But this is a road Monday night game. Those are brutal on teams. Dallas looks to be the best team right now, and they show it off some more. Look for their big line to handle Jim Johnson's blitz packages, allowing big plays in the passing game. Cowboys take it in a shootout.

CBSSports.com's Harmon Forecast
picks the Cowboys, 28-20.

All eight USA Today experts pick the Cowboys.

All eight staff picks from the Dallas Morning News go with the Cowboys.

My pick

Monday night record: 2-0

I haven't been in Philadelphia for an entire Eagles season since 2000. Sure, I've followed the team from afar and have often returned for football weekends, but I missed out on the general buzz leading up to a big game. That's been fun this week. But like everyone else, I've had my fill of T.O., Jessica Simpson and Pacman Jones and am ready for the actual game to begin.

While the Eagles won't match last week's offensive output, I expect them to be able to move the football pretty efficiently. Donovan McNabb was not sacked in Week 1 against the Rams. I did some research and discovered the last time McNabb played pretty much a whole game and wasn't sacked was Week 11 of the 2003 season. See the game logs for yourself. Defensively, it will be interesting to see how Jim Johnson attacks Tony Romo and the Cowboys' playmakers. Obviously, getting to Romo and forcing turnovers could decide the game. Maybe the excitement has gotten to me, but I'm going with the Birds, 24-21.

The pick: Eagles (+6.5)

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