Cowboys vs. Eagles for NFC East Title
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will meet for the second time in two and a half weeks this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The NFC East Division will be riding on the line as both teams enter the contest at 9-4 with just three games to go in the 2014 NFL regular season.
The cheapest available Eagles vs. Giants tickets at TicketCity currently start at $198. The cheapest lower level tickets start at $240, making this the most expensive game of Week 15.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Eagles defeated Dallas handedly, 33-10, in a game that Tony Romo and the Dallas offense struggled to gain any semblance of consistency. The Philadelphia defense sacked Romo four times on the day and intercepted him twice. Offensively, Mark Sanchez was precise and efficient, completing twenty of twenty-nine passes for over 200 yards and a touchdown. LeSean McCoy added 159 yards rushing, including a 38-yard touchdown scamper in the middle of the third quarter than essentially put the game out of reach.
With the previous meeting taking place in Dallas, the Eagles will get to host the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field. They are an early 3.5 point favorite and if they can win, they would be one game up on Dallas with two games to play. However, since they would have beaten them twice in a row, the Eagles would hold the tiebreaker and would need to go just 1-1 in their two final games of the season (at Washington and at New York Giants) to clinch the NFC East.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys would be in dire straits with a loss, but a win would put them in control of their own destiny. They have a bit of a tougher schedule to close out the season with a home date against the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts followed by a road game against Washington. But a win in Philly would put them on the right track to a division title and their first postseason appearance in a few years.
The NFC playoff contender group is quite crowded at this point with six teams at 9-4 and better. And with the woeful AFC South guaranteed a playoff spot, one of those six teams will not be making the playoffs. A loss for either of these teams will put them in a much more difficult position and will most likely require help from some other teams. The Eagles may be in a bit of a better position than the Cowboys, but right now neither can rely on a wildcard spot.
It will be a critical game and the fans in Philadelphia will certainly be loud and raucous. If Romo can get the offense running better than on Thanksgiving, they will have a chance to take this one home and win the NFC East. But if Philadelphia can control the tempo of the game as they did two weeks ago, and more importantly control the line of scrimmage, there will be a lot of happy people leaving Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday evening.