A year ago, defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was nothing more than a role player. This season, he has emerged as the Eagles' top run-stuffer. He could prove to be the difference-maker for a defense that was steamrolled by the Cowboys' ground game last season.
Take it to the house
Isn't it about time DeSean Jackson takes back a punt return for a touchdown? We know about the receiver's indifference toward returning this season, but what better way to make a statement about his worth.
Jackson has just five catches the last two weeks and hasn't scored in three games. He was a nonfactor when the Cowboys crushed the Eagles late last year. Does he finally make his presence felt in Cowboys Stadium?
The Eagles are never going to be a run-oriented offense, but how can tailback LeSean McCoy be averaging just 14 carries a game? And, please, can we have a little more Jerome Harrison (four carries over the last three games)?
Air guitar 2?
The pregame introductions are normally rote affairs, full of stale choreography. But last year Donovan McNabb enraged some Eagles fans by playing his air guitar before getting destroyed in the wild-card game. Here's betting Michael Vick doesn't offer an encore.
Return of the King
Tackle King Dunlap, who filled in at left tackle for Jason Peters earlier this season, will step in for Winston Justice at right tackle this week, meaning he'll be protecting Michael Vick's blind side. Is the up-and-down King up for the task?
- Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari