While the Cowboys' offense has been humming, it's their defense that has been a revelation of late—shutting out opponents back-to-back (Washington before Philly) for the first time in the franchise's 50-season history. Dallas doubled quicksilver Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson (who dropped two passes in one drive) and kept quarterback Donovan McNabb contained in a collapsing pocket. "They got a good rush on us," said Eagles tight end Brent Celek, who insisted that Philadelphia's third effort against Dallas would go better. "I can't wait to play these guys again. After what they did to us? I wouldn't want to go anywhere else."
Said Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking, "[Eagles coach Andy] Reid and McNabb haven't had the success they've had because they don't make adjustments. You better believe that we're going to get their best shot."
Dallas, finally, appears ready to take it.
THE PICK: Cowboys 23, Eagles 13