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December 22, 2011

Cowboys may have no reason to fear Philly

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ARLINGTON, Texas —

Plus, if the Giants lose to the Jets, who lost 45-19 to Philadelphia last week, Dallas would have the opportunity to wrap up its 18th NFC East title before the home fans instead of having to worry about what happens New Year's Day at MetLife Stadium.

So there could be a lot of scoreboard watching for both sides during pregame warm-ups at Cowboys Stadium, when the Giants and Jets will be playing their game.

Or maybe not.

"We don't think anything other than just playing these guys this week. It's literally nothing less or more than that," Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said. "We're out here to beat the Eagles. That's all we can control."

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick figures he will at least have an eye on the Giants-Jets score.

"But you try to stay away from watching it," Vick said. "You can't get too wrapped up in it."

Regardless of what happens in the New York game, the Cowboys have a chance to avenge their most-lopsided setback in a season otherwise filled with close losses. Their other five losses are by an average margin of four points, the largest a six-point overtime loss.

When Philadelphia wrapped up that rout at home against the Cowboys on Oct. 30, both teams were 3-4 and two games behind the Giants.

"We just didn't play well. We know we have to play better and execute," linebacker Bradie James said. "For a fan and a competitor, this is a game you want to play in. We have things on the line. This is what it's about."

Especially after last season, when like Philadelphia this year, the Cowboys started with Super Bowl expectations only to falter early.

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