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Eagles at Cowboys: Preview

Tonight’s MNF game features two of the best teams in the NFL and could end up being a high-scoring affair. In their last meeting, the Eagles won 10-6, but I think more points will be scored tonight.

Some thoughts on tonight’s MNF game:

1. All reports indicate that Barber is healthy and will play tonight. You should never sit him (I think he will be the top fantasy player this year, if he stays healthy), but see how many carries he gets and how his ribs hold up. It will be interesting to see who gets the carries if Barber does not carry the full load — Felix Jones looked good last week, but I think Tashard Choice will see the ball quite a bit, too.

2. McNabb and the Eagles have taken 3 of 4 from the Cowboys. Jim Johnson’s blitzing defense gives Romo troubles. But I suspect the Cowboys will be ready this time. Either way, it is unlikely that Romo will have as good of a game as he did last week.

3. I was fairly high on DeSean Jackson coming into this year, and he looked good in week 1. Although three Eagle WRs had 100+ yards, Jackson made some good catches and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. But that was against the Rams, who are awful. I would not be surprised if he was much quieter tonight. The Cowboys have good CBs, but their safeties are slow, so I expect McNabb to look to LJ Smith and Westbrook most often.

4. TO loves playing against the Eagles. But with Asante Samuel, Sheldon Brown, and Lito Sheppard, the Eagles have three of the best cover CBs in the game. Plus, Dawkins is a great safety. Look for the Eagles to pressure Romo and blanket TO, forcing Crayton and Witten to beat them.

5. Speaking of WRs, apparently Eagles WR Reggie Brown might play tonight. He is listed as questionable, but he has been looking good in practice. I would not rely on him (and hopefully you do not have to), but keep an eye on him tonight. If he is healthy, he is the clear No. 1 in Philly and should be worth a start.

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