QB Caleb Hanie - Dallas Cowboys
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Week 13: vs Philadelphia Eagles
Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are standing at 8-3 coming into this matchup - the teams are in a two-way race for the NFC East crown with New York and Washington out of the picture at 3-8. This is the first game of the two scheduled regular-season meetings between the clubs, at AT&T Stadium where the Cowboys are 3-3 so far this season.
Dallas comes home after a successful two-game road trip - Tony Romo threw for 18/26 for 275 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions at New York last Sunday, and 20/27 for 246 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions 'at' Jacksonville in Week 10. During that time frame, only three Cowboys have seen more than five targets: Dez Bryant (17 targets for 13/244/4 receiving), Jason Witten (13 for 9/63/2), and DeMarco Murray (10 targets for 8/53/0). Cole Beasley seems to have supplanted Terrance Williams as the 'other' wideout in the mix with Bryant, with two targets for 2/66/1 at New York and one for 1/11/0 'at' Jacksonville - Williams saw two targets for 1/18/0 receiving at New York over the last two weeks. In fantasy terms, Bryant and Witten are the main receivers for Romo heading into this divisional showdown.
The Eagles' pass D is not strong, having allowed 20/39 for 299 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception to rookie Zach Mettenberger (with five sacks taken for -46 yards) and 24/38 for 365 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions (one sack for -2 yards) to the Packers over the past two games. To date, the Eagles secondary averages 266.3 net passing yards allowed per game (30th in the NFL), with a hefty 24 passing scores given up over 11 games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and 38 sacks (second) generated so far. Dallas isn't particularly susceptible to allowing sacks, ranking 11th in the NFL with 21 sacks given up to date.
At home this week, Dallas has a great matchup in this phase of the game.
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