A matchup of two 8-3 battling it out for first place in the NFC East takes place in Dallas Texas on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys will be playing their second consecutive game vs. a division opponent after they defeated the Giants last weekend 31-28 in a highly competitive game. The Giants got off to a fast start and had a 21-10 halftime lead. The Cowboys responded with a 14 point third quarter that gave them a 24-21 lead entering the fourth quarter. To start the fourth the Giants had their best drive of the season, a 94 yard march down the field that ended in a touchdown to give the Giants a 28-24 lead with 3 minutes remaining in the game. The Cowboys went on a quick drive that end with a Dez Bryant touchdown catch with 1:01 remaining in the game and a Cowboys 3-28 lead. The Giants appeared to convert a fourth down play on the ensuing drive but the play was reviewed and the call on the field of a first down was inexplicably reversed and the Cowboys escaped New Jersey with a win. Demarco Murray continued his MVP type season with 24 carries for 121 yards. Bryant had 2 touchdown grabs on the night amongst his 7 catches for 86 yards. Romo went 18/26 passing for 275 yards and 4 touchdowns. He appears to be fully healed form his back injury.
The Eagles are a team known for their offense and it showed in last weeks 43-24 win over the Titans. The scored 17 points in the first quarter in route to 27 in the first half. They started out as quick as possible when Josh Huff returned the opening kickoff 107 yards and they never looked back. They were coming off getting blown out by the Packers and they responded with the bounce back type of game that they needed. Quarterback Mark Sanchez had 2 more interceptions, which reminds many of his time as the Jets quarterback, however he also threw for 307 yards, which shockingly ties a team record with 3 consecutive 300-yard games. They also appear to have gotten running back Lesean McCoy back on track after a slow start to the season. He had 21 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown.
This game is for sole possession for first place and one has to argue how fair it is for the Cowboys to have played the Sunday night game and then have to play a
approximately 90 hours later. The Eagles also played Sunday but at least they played in the afternoon. It’s only a few hours difference, however when you include the traveling back to Texas from New York those 4-6 hours make a big difference. It will be interesting to see how Sanchez plays with the pressure of a national television audience and first place on the line. How well he performs should be a good indicator as to how he will be able to perform come playoff time.
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