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December 22, 2011

Cowboys may have no reason to fear Philly



This year's division standings got scrambled when the Eagles lost four of their next five games after beating Dallas, which later swept through four November games undefeated. The Giants lost the division lead by dropping five of their last six games, the only win coming two weeks ago at Cowboys Stadium.

NFC rushing leader LeSean McCoy had a career-high 185 yards with two touchdowns for Philadelphia in that Sunday night rout earlier this season. Vick threw two TDs as Philadelphia piled up 495 total yards and held the ball more than 42 minutes after new Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had referred to the Eagles before the season as the "all-hype team" and predicted his squad would thoroughly dominate them.

"I think it'll be a lot different because they're a better team. Each year, teams progress and they get better and better as the year goes on," receiver Jason Avant said. "They've been playing winning football. Even in some of the games that they've lost, they've played really well. The old game that we had is definitely out the window, we have to come out and play a different team, with a different mindset."

Philadelphia is coming off a dominating victory over the Jets, who are coached by Ryan's twin brother, Rex. But the Eagles are now big fans of the New York team in the AFC.

"We all are for the right reasons," Vick said.

While Jones is excited about what good could happen for the Cowboys, there is still that uneasy anticipation.

"Because it is the Eagles, after the butt-kicking they gave us up in Philadelphia, I'm scared," the owner said during one of his regular radio appearances this week. "I have that kind of feeling about the respect turns into being afraid of what they can do to you if you have some breakdowns out there. You can put that scared in there if you want to. I think sometimes I do the best when I'm scared."

Then again, Jones and the Cowboys might not have anything to worry about.

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