9:00 PM ET, November 14, 2005
Dallas (5-3) at Philadelphia (4-4), Monday 9:00 pm EST
After banishing Owens from the organization for good, the Eagles meet the Dallas Cowboys in a critical NFC East game Monday night.
With the Owens fiasco affecting them all season, the Eagles have fallen into last place after winning the division each of the last four seasons.
Last week, Owens was suspended by coach Andy Reid for conduct detrimental to the team following his comments about the organization, quarterback Donovan McNabb and for failing to apologize to the team.
Owens' tenure essentially ended with the team Monday when Reid announced the controversial receiver would not be back this season. That means that Owens will never play again for the Eagles, who will likely release him after the 2005 season.
After being banished, Owens did apologize to Reid, the organization and McNabb. But the Eagles have no interest in bringing him back.
With the Owens distraction, no running game and with McNabb playing through a variety of injuries, the Eagles already have surpassed their loss total from last season. But they are just one game behind second-place Washington and Dallas and two games back of the division-leading New York Giants.
A second-round pick out of Georgia, Brown replaced Owens in the starting lineup against the Redskins and caught five passes for 94 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown.
McNabb completed 22-of-35 passes for 304 yards with an interception but generated just one touchdown drive against the Redskins.
The Cowboys have to be happy they will not have to deal with Owens. Last November 15 in a Monday night game at Dallas, Owens had six catches for 134 yards and three TDs in a 49-21 victory.
Cowboys coach Bill Parcells made a host of moves on the defensive side of the ball in the offseason in order to compete with the Eagles.
Parcells' moves paid off in the first meeting between the teams on October 9 as the Cowboys rolled to a 33-10 victory. Dallas held a 456-129 advantage in total yards and had a 28-6 cushion in first downs.
Coming off their bye, the Cowboys will be hoping to have running back Julius Jones in the lineup. He has missed the last three games since spraining his left ankle in the first meeting against the Eagles.
Two weeks ago, rookie Marion Barber III rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to a 34-13 victory over Arizona.
Series: Dallas leads, 52-40. The Eagles have won their last six home meetings against the Cowboys since a 34-0 loss in 1998.
Next week: Dallas hosts Detroit, November 20 Philadelphia visits NY Giants, November 20
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Grounded Eagles need a win
After days of answering Terrell Owens' questions, Andy Reid, Donovan McNabb and the rest of the Eagles probably won't be able to wait to hit the field for Monday Night Football. Getting rid of Owens was a necessity, but replacing his offensive explosiveness is a near impossibility. McNabb will look to spread the wealth against a Dallas defense that has been bringing the heat all season long with 24 sacks in eight outings, including four sacks from rookie DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware.
Bill Parcells and the Cowboys will have had 15 days of their own to prepare for Monday night's trip to Philly. The extra rest was critical for previously hobbled RB Julius Jones, but only time will tell if the extra preparation was enough to prepare immobile QB Drew Bledsoe for the pressure he will face versus Jim Johnson's jailbreak defense.
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Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)
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|Oct 9, 2005||DAL 33, PHI 10|
|Dec 19, 2004||DAL 7, @PHI 12|
|Nov 15, 2004||DAL 21, PHI 49|
|Dec 7, 2003||DAL 10, @PHI 36|
|Oct 12, 2003||DAL 23, PHI 21|
|Dec 21, 2002||DAL 3, PHI 27|
|Sep 22, 2002||DAL 13, @PHI 44|
|Nov 18, 2001||DAL 3, PHI 36|
|Sep 30, 2001||DAL 18, @PHI 40|