An Unusual Year in the Cowboys-Eagles Series
The rivalry is not especially interesting this year. Dallas entered the first game at 3-5 and came away with the 38-23 win. The Eagles were also 3-5.
On Sunday, the Eagles are 3-8. The Cowboys are 5-6.
This marks the first time since 1963 that the teams will play each other twice when each team had a losing record. In fact, in the 52-year history of the rivalry, this has occurred only two times.
Below is a summary. The numbers in the parentheses indicate each team’s record entering into the game.
Dallas (1-2-1) 41, Philadelphia (1-3) 19
Philadelphia (2-8-1) 28, Dallas (4-5-1) 14
Philadelphia (0-2-1) 28, Dallas (0-3) 14
Dallas (2-7) 27, Philadelphia (2-6-1) 20
* * *
I posted this on Facebook yesterday:
The Cowboys are 5-6 for only the third time in team history if we disregard ties. In 1962, the Cowboys were 5-6-1 but finished at 5-8-1. Trivia: in what season other than 2012 did the Cowboys start 5-6, and what was the team’s final record that season?
The answer is 1987, which was the year of the replacement players. Just as they did in 2012, the Cowboys in 1987 hosted the Thanksgiving Day game at 5-5 and needed a win to stay alive in the playoff chase. Instead, the Vikings knocked off the Cowboys in overtime, and Dallas ended up missing the playoffs with a 7-8 record.