You Talkin' to Me? High stakes all around - and differing views on who wins

Posted: January 03, 2010

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Taylor, Jean-Jacques; McLane, Jeff

Re: Big D

All right, fellas. Big game today. A lot at stake. The division title. For the Eagles, a first-round bye and a home playoff game. For the Cowboys, respect and redemption. Remember 44-6? I'm sure both teams do. Also on the line: momentum heading into the second season.

How do you see it shaking out? Who wins, by what score, and why?

From: McLane, Jeff

To: Taylor, Jean-Jacques; Fox, Ashley

Re: Big D

I really think this kid you might have heard about - DeSean Jackson - is going to have a big game. D-Jax was held to just two catches for 29 yards in the first meeting and he seems like the type of fella to use past performances as motivation. Plus, Mike Jenkins offered up some fodder with his "We're not going to let Jackson get behind us, period" comments.

From: Taylor, Jean-Jacques

To: Fox, Ashley; McLane, Jeff

Re: Big D

No way the Cowboys lose. It's just not going to happen. Not at home. Not just weeks after a signature win over New Orleans, then the biggest, baddest team in the NFL. And no way they lose with an opportunity at redemption after the most gutless - without a doubt - performance in franchise history.

Hey, Jerry Jones came out with the super-duper vote of confidence for Wade Phillips this week, so he has to lead the Cowboys to victory. The Eagles have the better offense; the Cowboys the better defense. Enough said. "Defense wins championships" is what we've been told forever.

Besides, the Cowboys own all of the intangibles. Tony Romo ends all of the questions about his ability to win big games in the fourth quarter when he rallies the Cowboys to a 20-17 win and their second NFC East title in three seasons.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Taylor, Jean-Jacques; McLane, Jeff

Re: Big D

Wow, Jacques. Wasn't it just a few short weeks ago that you were down and out on this team? I heard you on the radio here in Philly talking about how pathetic the Cowboys were (or something like that). And now all of a sudden they're world-beaters? What, are they going to the Super Bowl now, too?

Forgive me, but I don't see it. They very well might win this game, because the Eagles aren't going to have an answer for Jay Ratliff or DeMarcus Ware. But I don't see the Cowboys holding Jackson to two catches this time, and they're going to struggle with Brent Celek, too. I agree it will be close, but more in the range of 27-24 Eagles.

You talk of intangibles, well, how about this one: The Eagles will be playing for a first-round bye. You think that won't motivate them to play hard? Think again. That's an awfully big carrot to dangle in front of them.

From: McLane, Jeff

To: Taylor, Jean-Jacques; Fox, Ashley

Re: Big D

Ash, I have to eat some crow, as well. I didn't think this Eagles team was playoff-bound at 5-4. But this six-game win streak has made a believer out of this cynic. Cowboys, 30-23.

From: Fox, Ashley

To: Taylor, Jean-Jacques; McLane, Jeff

Re: Big D

I have no problem with that, Jeff. It was looking bleak. And if the Eagles lose, they will be 0-4 against playoff teams heading into the playoffs, which doesn't exactly make them world-beaters.

This injury to Jamaal Jackson is going to end up being bigger than the one to Stewart Bradley, and that one was huge. It might be too much to overcome in such a short amount of time. Nevertheless, they should beat the Cowboys. Might not happen, but I wouldn't bet against them.

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