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Cowboys vs. Eagles: Two teams on the brink

The two long-time NFC East rivals come into their first meeting of the season with identical 3-5 records as well as an embattled head coach and QB.

Tom Pennington

There aren't many teams who have had a more disappointing start to the season than the Cowboys, but the Eagles are probably one one of them.

Both Dallas and Philadelphia are 3-5 after tough losses on national TV. The winner of Sunday's game might be able to sneak back into the playoff picture, but the loser, for all intents and purposes, will be eliminated.

As a result, this might be the last time that Tony Romo and Michael Vick square off behind center and it might the last time Jason Garrett and Andy Reid "match wits" as head coaches.

But while the struggling passing games get most of the publicity, the ground game will be just as important. The Cowboys may get star RB DeMarco Murray back after he missed the last three games. On the other side of the field, the Eagles will try to get more out of RB LeSean McCoy. Since I own him in fantasy, I can assure you that he is not being used enough.

In all likelihood, the QB that makes the fewest mistakes will leave Philadelphia the victor, as both Romo and Vick have struggled mightily with turnovers this year.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.