Trent Cole vs. Flozell Adams
After going through a four-game stretch in which he did not register a sack, Eagles defensive end Trent Cole had 21/2 sacks in the team's last two games. He's going to need more if the Eagles are to have any hope of pulling off a major upset today.
Adams, a 10-year veteran who many thought was on the decline after tearing a ligament in his right knee six games into the 2005 season, has come back strong in 2007, anchoring a Dallas offensive line that has exceeded expectations.
The Eagles badly need to put pressure on Tony Romo, who was not sacked in the first meeting between the teams, when he picked apart the Eagles' secondary for 324 yards and three touchdowns. Cole is the Eagles' best chance to apply that pressure.
Cole also has a chance to lead the NFL in sacks with a couple of big games. With 111/2 sacks, he's tied for fourth in the league, but just two behind leader Patrick Kerney of Seattle. Clyde Simmons, in 1992, was the last Eagles player to lead the league in sacks, with 19.