Because of last week's meltdown in Big D the Eagles get a chance to do it all over again this week, but this time there is no second chance should they lose again.
It is hard to figure out what went so horribly wrong in that first game other than the fact that the Cowboys seemed to want it a heck of a lot more than the Eagles did.I certainly do not expect that to be the case again this week, but they are going to have to find a way to match Dallas's intensity level right from the start as they cannot afford to fall behind early. They need to come out firing on all cylinders and find a way to put some points on the board to take the crowd out of the game.
From what I saw last week the Cowboys are a much better team than they were earlier in the season, or at the very least they are playing that way. They are running the ball with authority and playing shutdown defense.
The one thing they haven't faced in the last three weeks is adversity. From the first play of the game to the final gun the Eagles have to go out and punch these guys in the mouth. Not literally, because that would add up to quite a few 15 yard penalties, but figuratively in their actions.
They need to hit Tony Romo hard and often instead of letting him sit in the pocket with his smug little grin.
They need to stuff Marion Barber at the line and tackle him to the ground.
They need to make Miles Austin pay for any ball he catches over the middle, instead of trying to jump the route.
Most importantly they need to burn Dallas deep for six points to let them know they can easily be scored upon.
I'm counting on Andy Reid to have this team ready to play this week as his streak of seven consecutive first round postseason wins is on the line as well as this team's pride and dignity.