In a 31-20 victory at Tampa Bay last weekend, Philadelphia allowed 351 yards to the Buccaneers and recorded an interception. The Eagles were almost beaten by a rookie quarterback in Mike Glennon, who passed for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns to keep it close until Tampa Bay allowed 10 points in the decisive fourth quarter. Bucs running back Doug Martin was held to 67 yards on 16 carries and wide receiver Vincent Jackson was the lone bright spot with 114 yards and two TDs on nine receptions.
Still, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was pleased with the defense.
"Our defense did a really good job," Kelly said. "They got pressure on the quarterback. There were a couple of third and longs there that I think we would want back, but overall we were around the ball. We kept the ball in front of us. We're getting better each week and we'll take this one and we'll grow from it and we'll go from there."
Tampa Bay was 6-of-15 on third down, while the Eagles were 7-of-14.
Eagles cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher, who had an interception Sunday, and Cary Williams have a difficult chore in trying to slow down Romo and the Cowboys' offense. Bryant has emerged as one of the more dynamic wideouts in the game and Witten can still cause problems despite losing a step. Tackling, collapsing the pocket and safety play have always been an issue with the Eagles and they hope to improve on that this week.
Safety Patrick Chung is hoping his shoulder issue is in the past and he left Sunday's win against the Bucs with the same problem. Rookie Earl Wolff will step in again if Chung can't go.
"Pat will be limited," Kelly said Wednesday. "He ran around a little bit yesterday. It really just depends on how he can handle his shoulder and what he can do from a function standpoint."
The Cowboys, who are 2-0 in the NFC East and 3-0 in the conference, won both meetings against the Eagles last season by a combined score of 76-56. The Eagle are also 2-0 in division play and 3-0 against the NFC, and have lost six of the previous nine matchups with Dallas. The Cowboys are 61-47 in the series.
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It appears Eagles quarterback Nick Foles will make his second start of the season because Michael Vick is still nursing a hamstring injury. Vick said the injury, which occurred a few weeks ago against the Giants, is worse than what he thought and will keep him from playing.
"I'm not playing this week," Vick said. "Every day I'm just working and trying to get better. I just can't rush it."
Foles, though, made his first start of the season last week in Tampa Bay and earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for completing 22-of-31 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, including two to DeSean Jackson. Foles also rushed for a score in the victory.
The offense has continued to click under Foles, who's taller than Vick and gets rid of the ball faster, too. While Vick struggles to read defenses and find an open receiver, Foles' height enables him to look around and hit his targets across the field. Philadelphia hasn't missed a beat without Vick, a dangerous weapon in the ground attack, and is third in total yards (449.8) and fourth in points scored (27.2).
Foles will try to exploit a weak Dallas secondary, which is 30th in both defending the pass (308.2) and yards allowed (413.2). Jackson is second in the NFL with 589 receiving yards and has three TDs in the last two games. The Cowboys will try to take Jackson out of his game with safety help up top.