Reid breaks down matchup with Cowboys

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The NFC East Division championship, momentum going into the playoffs — and, for the Philadelphia Eagles, the chance to avenge a loss from earlier in the season — are all factors that will play into the regular-season finale between the Andy Reid-coached Philadelphia Eagles and the host Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Reid, a Glendale Community College alumnus, addressed the media on Wednesday on the magnitude of the contest, as well as specific aspects of the matchup.

“We look forward to the challenge of playing the Dallas Cowboys,” Reid told reporters in comments published on philadelphiaeagles.com. “Exciting venue here with going down to Dallas, their new stadium, NFC East Championship on the line, all of that stuff, that’s all good. The bottom line is we’ve got to go through our preparation to take care of that. We know that they’re a very good football team. Obviously they got after us the last time so we have to make sure that we prepare ourselves.”

Reid spoke on the subject of key players from both sides, including Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, receiver DeSean Jackson, running back Brian Westbrook and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

“He’s done a great job with the young guys and rallying those guys, teaching those guys, keeping them active in the game and a huge part of the game plan,” Reid said of McNabb. “He spreads it around to all of them and at the same time is still strong with the vets that are in there.”

Jackson will aim to make up for a two-catch, 29-yard outing in the Eagles’ 20-16 loss to the Cowboys in Week 9, while Westbrook is looking to continue his comeback from post-concussion syndrome, which began with his return to the field last week after a five-week absence.

“[Jackson] plays the same speed every game, so I put that back on the coverages that they used against him and the things that we had in. We’ll do a little better job there,” Reid said. “[Westbroook] went through the walkthrough this morning and he’ll be out there at practice today. He feels pretty good. We’ll just see how things go, take it day by day.”

Romo passed for 307 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting between the two teams.

“He is dangerous,” Reid said. “He has great pocket presence. He moves around and he makes plays. That’s what you see him do.”

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Written by Gabriel Rizk

December 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Posted in Sports

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