Led by first-year coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles offense has flourished, leading the league in rushing yards and coming in at ninth in passing yards, while averaging 27.9 points per game, good for second in the NFL.
While Kelly's system has brought the franchise back from desolate times, he is far from the only one who can be credited for the Eagles' high-powered offense. Quarterback Nick Foles has been having a breakout season in his second year in the league and first as a starter. The young signal caller has thrown for 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions since taking over as the starter, good for a 118.8 QB rating.
While Foles has dominated in the air hitting targets like DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper, LeSean McCoy has excelled on the ground, leading the league in rushing yards with 1,476.
The Eagles will look to their fast pace offense to get things going early and often if they hope to bounce back from a disappointing 17-3 loss to the Cowboys earlier in the season. It was a rough afternoon for everyone in Lincoln Financial Field that day, as the Birds were flightless.
While that loss was the beginning of two dreadful weeks for the Eagles offense, the defense was finally rounding into form. In their last 11 games, the Eagles defense has held opponents to just 19.2 points per game under the guidance of defensive coordinator Billy Davis, and they look to be at an advantage this week.
Dallas comes limping into the season finale, having lost two of their past three and suffering from a rash of injuries. While they were able to pull out a win against Washington in the closing seconds last week, the Cowboys lost their starting quarterback in the process, as Tony Romo suffered a herniated disk resulting in surgery.
With Romo out, the Cowboys will turn to Kyle Orton, who hasn’t started since 2011. While this likely weakens the quarterback position for Dallas, it could cause them to finally turn to running back DeMarco Murray.
It’s all on the line Sunday night. The Eagles look to be favored on paper, but that’s why they play the game.
By: Kyle Babcock
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