Jason Garrett will face another tough task this week as he continues to try to prove the Jerry Jones and the Cowboys organization that he should be the head coach of the Cowboys for 2011 and beyond. Garrett's Cowboys will play host to Michael Vick and the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Dallas is coming off a thrilling overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts, a win that came on the road in Indianapolis. Dallas' defense, though allowing 35 points, made key plays throughout the game, contributing to the victory. The Cowboys defense forced Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to throw four interceptions, with Sean Lee being the recipient of two of them.
The Cowboys defense will be again put to the test when they take on Mike Vick and an explosive Eagles offense. The Eagles rank seventh in passing yards per game in the NFL while still ranking fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game. Having Vick at quarterback certainly helps the Eagles rushing numbers as he's rushed for 467 yards on the season, but running back LeSean McCoy has rushed for 823 yards, averaging 4.9 yards per carry. The Eagles also have explosive weapons at wide receiver in Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, both of which possess big play ability.
Offensively, Jon Kitna will be without rookie standout Dez Bryant. Bryant fractured his ankle in Sunday's overtime win over the Colts and underwent surgery on the ankle earlier this week. Bryant will not return for the remainder of the 2010 season.
Tashard Choice figures to fill Marion Barber's role again this week as Barber is expected to miss his second straight game with a calf injury. Choice received a season high 19 carriers in the win over the Colts, rushing for 100 yards and adding a touchdown.
Kickoff for the game is set for 8:20 EST. Coverage can be found nationally on NBC.