The Cowboys and Eagles have played 112 times. For Eagles fans, those rank as 112 of the biggest games in team history.
Eagles fans love to hate the Cowboys.
“I’m learning quickly that there’s not a lot of love lost between the two sides,” said Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who arrived from St. Louis in an offseason trade. “I think a couple of guys were at a charity event [Tuesday], and they had some choice words for Dallas. Obviously, our first or second practice, they had the banner flying over the stadium. So obviously we know this is a big game for both teams.”
Ah, the banner.
The Eagles have not forgotten the banner that Cowboys fans, along with a $300 donation from Cowboys suspended defensive end Greg Hardy, flew over their practice during training camp. The banner, which circled Lincoln Financial Field, read: WE STILL DEM BOYZ #SACKS COMING.”
“From the fans standpoint, I know how big it is. It’s a rivalry,” Eagles linebacker Marcus Smith said. “All Eagles fans hate Dallas. I hate Dallas. I think all of us hate Dallas. And you definitely want to win that game. But as football players, you have to treat it as a regular game. You don’t want to make it bigger than what it is, because if you make it bigger than what it is, you kind of tend to get out of your game a little bit.”
The Eagles have not beaten the Cowboys in Philadelphia since 2011. They lost 38-27 to Dallas in 2014, 17-3 in 2013 and 38-23 in 2012. Their last victory at home against the Cowboys was a 34-7 blowout on Oct. 30, 2011.
“I don’t know [why that is], but we’re going to get it figured out this Sunday, though,” Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin said. “That’s the plan. But I don’t know what’s happened and why and what’s happened in the past, and we’re not really worried about that. All that matters is the game this Sunday and making sure we fix the mistakes from last week and play well.”