The Chris Murray Report Eagles-Cowboys Post Game Video: Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy

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Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin talks about Rob Ryan, Michael Vick,  the Eagles improving offense line and about next Monday’s  game against the Chicago Bears.

LeSean McCoy talks about the wide variety of weapons in the Eagles offense in Eagles 34-7 win over the Cowboys.

Sunday Night’s Game a Must-Win for Eagles and Cowboys

Michael Vick said the Eagles are ready for the Cowboys. Photo by Webster Riddick.

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report

Even bigger than their traditional, oft-times hate-filled rivalry or the fact they will play each other before a national television audience, the

Tony Romo believes Cowboys are getting better.

Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will engage each other Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field in a game that neither team can afford to lose.

Some observers, most notably the NFL Network, is picking the Cowboys to go on a roll and win the division. That same thing could happen for the Eagles team looking to recover from a disastrous start to the season.

For the 2-4 Eagles this is a must-win contest, bordering on an elimination game, even in a mediocre NFC East. A loss to the Cowboys and the Birds chances for the postseason will be down to slim and none with the latter being the more likely scenario.

“We have little room for error now and we understand that,” said Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said after last Friday’s practice. “The best part of it all is that we go out there and take care of business week in and week out, we’re right where we want to be. That’s the good part about it, so we’ll take it game-by-game. We understand what we have to do here and our first opponent is the Cowboys.”

But considering all of their struggles in their first six games, the Eagles, who are 12-0 after a bye week under head coach Andy Reid, are feeling like Sunday night’s game is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and a chance to get themselves back in the race for the division title.

“We’re looking at it like we’re zero and zero and this is our first game and we’re excited about it’s Sunday night,” said Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. “We’re picking up the season from here. The guys are ready to go, we had a great week of practice, it’s game on.”

Added Eagles running back LeSean McCoy: “Ever since that win down in Washington, everything is new for us. Let’s go out here and win these next couple of games.”

In addition to all the reasons this game is important to the Birds is that they are trying to end a five-game home losing streak. When asked about it, Vick said he’s not even thinking about it.

“I’m not talking about losing right now, I understand it’s a losing streak right now,” Vick said. “We’ll end it with a win.”

The enormity of Sunday’s night game is definitely not lost on a 3-3 Cowboys squad trying to jump start their season as well. Tight end Jason Witten told the Fort Worth-Star Telegram earlier this week he expects the intensity from both teams to be amped up a lot higher than normal.

“It’s going to be a battle,” Witten said. “And it’s important for us to get on a roll, build on a win with a big division game. If you are staying around .500 you are an average team. We need to step up from that. That’s our mentality.”

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo believes his team getting better with each game and that anytime they come to Philadelphia it’s a big game.

“Obviously, it’s going to be tough to win,” Romo said. “It’s a division game and all division games matter. Every week in the NFL, always feel like it’s the biggest week of all time.”

Broadcast Report:Eagles Offensive Line Ready Take On DeMarcus Ware

DeMarcus Ware is looking to disrupt the Eagles offense this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has eight sacks and will take on Eagles offensive line that has struggled against teams that like to blitz.  Eagles rookie center Jason Kelce believes the Birds line and quarterback Michael Vick have gotten better at slowing down the blitz ….Chris Murray has more in this radio report. Please click on the link below


With Win Over Washington, Birds still have a shot to win the NFC East

By Chris Murray

For the Sunday Sun and the CM Report

LANDOVER, Md.–If there is any conclusion that you can come to with the Eagles 20-13 victory over the Washington Redskins is that they not only have a pulse, but they still have a legitimate shot, even at 2-4,  at winning the NFC East.

Huh? Did I really say that?

I know optimism is not necessarily a Philly trait, but if look at the rest of the NFC East, it’s a division that’s fit for the taking provided that one of the four teams in question- the Eagles, Redskins, Cowboys and Giants don’t  shoot themselves in the foot.

That’s something that all four teams have had a tendency to do with alarming consistency so far this season.

What has to bother the Eagles and their fans about their current record is that the four games they’ve lost were winnable. Take away the turnovers, mental lapses by both players and coaches, and plain old lack of execution, the Birds could be 5-1 or 6-0 instead of 2-4.

“Every game we’ve lost so far has been because of us,” said Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who caught four passes for 46 yards. “We’ve been stopping ourselves. As long as we can come out here and not have turnovers. As long as we can stop doing that part of the game and stick with what we do best which is go out there, fly around and make plays and take advantage of what the defense gives us.”

Sunday’s win over a first-place Redskins team that doesn’t scare anybody seem to lift the spirits of a team mired in a frustrating four-game losing streak.

“We know right now how our division is as far as record,” Jackson said. “We’re actually not at a bad spot. Even though we would like to win more games than we lost, we still have a good chance to win out and just keep winning and still have a chance to control the NFC East.”

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said winning Sunday’s game will be the start of a rebirth of his team once they come out of the bye week when they host another NFC East team—the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on Oct.30.

“We’ve got to start from (Sunday) and in each and every game,” said Vick, completed 18-of-31 passes for 237 yards with one touchdown and one interception. “We’re going to enjoy this victory and this bye week and start the season all over again. We definitely feel good where we are right not. Obviously, there’s a lot of work to be done. ”

For the much maligned Eagles defense, which after being beaten up on for the first half and part of the third quarter of the loss to Buffalo, came out Sunday and intercepted Rex Grossman four times. More importantly, they held on to a lead and didn’t give up too many big plays as they have in their four-game losing streak.

“That’s progress for us,” said cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. “A lot of times you’ve seen something wrong that happens in the second half, then it’s like,’oh no, how do we respond. But today something wrong happens, you know what to do, let’s fix it.

“It wasn’t a perfect game obviously, in the second half they made a couple of plays, but after that we came through and we were able to stop them.”

Asomugha said that while the defense had a nice outing against the Redskins, they still have a lot of work to do.

“We haven’t been where we wanted to be and the fact that we got a win today is something we can build on,” said Asomugha, who had a bone-charring tackle on Redskins tight end Chris Cooley in the first half. “But at the same time, we’ve got to keep everything in perspective and play it one game at a time.”

The winner of the NFC East will be that team can avoid assisting their opponents efforts to give them a butt-whuppin.  Stay tuned.