DALLAS COWBOYS (1-0) at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-1)
Sunday, September 20, 2015 – 4:25pm ET
Lincoln Financial Field
Announcers: Joe Buck / Troy Aikman / Erin Andrews
The Cowboys will be without their star WR, Dez Bryant, after he suffered a broken bone in his foot that will leave him out for 4-6 weeks, at the very least. They also suffered losses to their offensive and defensive lines when OG Ronald Leary suffered a groin injury that could see him miss up to three weeks; and DE Randy Gregory suffered a high ankle sprain that could keep him off the field for 4-6 weeks.
Out of the injuries suffered on Sunday night, Gregory looks to be the biggest loss. While the Cowboys cannot replace the production and impact of Dez Bryant – who had 3 TDs in the last match up with the Eagles – they have play makers on offense who can help lessen the blow and continue to be efficient in his absence.
To replenish the depth at WR, the Cowboys traded a conditional pick to Oakland for WR Brice Butler. Butler, a 6’3″, 215 LB specimen, may be active on Sunday as the Cowboys feel he is NFL ready. From 2013-2015, Butler held a stat line of 63-of-95 (66.3%), 872 YDs, 13.84 YPC, 8 TDs in both preseason and regular season games with Oakland. If Butler is on the Cowboys roster for six games, the Cowboys will swap Oakland their fifth round pick for OAK’s sixth.
Gregory, on the other hand, could easily be pointed to as the Cowboys best pass rusher on Sunday. Before leaving the game with an ankle injury, he was – for lack of a better word – annihilating Giants LT Erik Flowers. With the depth at DE thinning, look for the Cowboys to activate rookie DE Ryan Russell on Sunday. Russell had a good preseason, and will have a nice opportunity to show what he’s got.
The Cowboys lead the series 60-48, winning 4 of their last 5 with Romo at QB. Jason Garrett’s Cowboys are 5-5 vs Philadelphia while Chip Kelly holds a 2-2 record vs Dallas.
Tony Romo has won 4 of his past 5 starts vs. PHI. In those 5: 109-of-160, 68.1% for 1,293 yards with 9 TDs + 4 INTs with a 100.9 rating. Romo has also won his last 3 games @ PHI, posting a stat line of 69-of-103, 66.9%, 829 YDs, 6 TDs and 2 INTs with a 102.77 passer rating.
Jason Witten, who had a 2 TD performance last week, has had 5 games of 100 YDs vs PHI. Sean Lee had 11 tackles and 1 INT in his last game vs PHI. In the last meeting with PHI, Jeremy Mincey logged 2 sacks. Tyrone Crawford, who logged a sack last week, has 3 sacks and a forced fumble in the last two meetings with PHI. JJ Wilcox had a FF and INT in the last meeting with PHI.
Sam Bradford is 0-1 vs DAL, going 29-of-48, 60.4%, for 240 YDs and 1 TD. In the last 2 meetings with DAL, Jordan Matthews has 4 catches for 51 YDs and 1 TD. Connor Barwin had a sack in the last meeting vs DAL. Fletcher Cox had a sack and a fumble recovery in the last two. Vinny Curry has had 1 sack in each of the last two meetings with DAL.
DeMarco Murray, who left in free agency to join the Eagles, rushed for just 9 yards on 8 attempts on Monday night vs the Falcons. He did manage 1 rushing TD and 1 receiving TD in the game, but his 9 yards was the lowest by a reigning rushing champ in a season opener since the NFL/AFL merger.
Joseph Randle got the start against the New York Giants and rushed for 65 yards on 16 attempts and snagged 3 passes for 42 yards. The RBBC of Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar combined for a total of 212 yards from scrimmage; 22 carries for 81 yards as well as 12 receptions and 131 yards receiving.
2015 SEASON STATS
DAL: 436 YDs
PHI: 399 YDs
DAL: 289 YDs Allowed
PHI: 395 YDs Allowed
T. Crawford (1)
F. Cox (1)
C. Jones: 53.5
D. Jones: 45.2 2015
Bailey: 9 (3/3 PAT; 2/2 FG)
Parkey: 6 (3/3 PAT; 1/2 FG)