You Talkin' to Me? For Eagles, it all rests on the center

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Brookover, Bob; Taylor, Jean-Jacques

Re: Matchups

All right guys, here's the question: What's the biggest matchup in this game? Jacques, you've seen every game the Cowboys have played. What scares them about the Eagles? And Brookie, same to you, from the Eagles' perspective.

From: Brookover, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Taylor, Jean-Jacques

Re: Matchups

The biggest matchup is Andy Reid's staff and scheme vs. Wade Phillips' staff and scheme. Reid might not have a ring, but he's won a lot of big games, including 10 in the playoffs and one lopsided one for a trip to the playoffs last year at the Linc. Phillips is 0-for-life in the playoff department and the gorilla on his back is three times the size of the one attached to Reid's.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Brookover, Bob; Taylor, Jean-Jacques

Re: Matchups

Dang, Brookie. Don't hold back. You think Wade is a joke, don't you? I do agree that Reid will have his guys ready to go. There's no way they will pull the reverse of 44-6. No way.

From: Taylor, Jean-Jacques

To: Fox, Ashley; Brookover, Bob

Re: Matchups

Can the new center Nick Cole handle Jay Ratliff? If he can't, the Eagles aren't doing anything on offense. If Ratliff dominates that matchup against a man who has been playing guard all season, then Donovan won't be able to step up in the pocket. He'll be running wide where Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware can make his life difficult.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Brookover, Bob; Taylor, Jean-Jacques

Re: Matchups

Yep, I agree, Jacques. That's it right there. Jason Peters can handle Ware, but I'm not sure Cole can handle Ratliff. I'm not sure anyone can. Sure, the Eagles can counter with a bunch of screens, but Ratliff could mess up the long ball for them, and that would not be good.

From: Brookover, Bob

To: Fox, Ashley; Taylor, Jean-Jacques

Re: Matchups

Don't know Wade at all. From the outside looking in, he looks like a fine man. Loved his father Bum as a kid. Bum and Wade. That's as Texas as it gets.

Jamaal Jackson's injury is a big deal for the Eagles. The matchup between Ratliff and Cole is huge.