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[Game Preview] Week 17 - Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Philadelphia Eagles(13-2)

Dallas Cowboys (8-7) at Philadelphia Eagles (13-2)
It wasn't pretty, but at the end of the day a win is a win and the Eagles were able to pull one out against the Oakland Raiders in week 16 to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs to ensure the road to the Super Bowl comes through the City of Brotherly Love. The Eagles will look to stay undefeated at home and against the NFCE in a meaningless game against the division rival Dallas Cowboys as the roles are reversed from last season. On the the flip side the Cowboys will be playing for pride and possibly Jason Garrett's job as in the season finale. The Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention last week with a loss to the Seahawks as frustration boiled over between second year QB and veteran WR Dez Bryant after Dak's second INT of the game. Prescott has struggled recently throwing 4 INTs and zero TDs in his last two starts. The Eagles are expected to rest many starters on Sunday, but QB Nick Foles is expected to see the field in hopes of getting himself right after his extremely poor outing last week against Oakland. The team hopes to end the season on a strong note in the meaningless game as they will have a bye to start the first week of the playoffs and await their opponent.
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Date
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 19°F
Feels Like: 6°F
Forecast: Partly Cloudy. Partly cloudy until afternoon.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 49%
Wind: NW 13 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Dallas by -2.5
OveUnder: 39
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 10-5, Dallas 7-7-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Kenny Albert will handle the play-by-play duties and Ronde Barber will provide analysis. Kristina Pink will report from the sidelines.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Dallas Radio
Dallas Cowboys Radio Network Brad Sham returns for his 39th season in the Dallas Cowboys radio booth. Beloved by Cowboys fans, Sham's award winning play-by-play has provided the soundtrack to many of the most memorable moments in Dallas Cowboys history. Babe Laufenberg returns as the Network's full-time color analyst. A fixture on the sideline, veteran reporter Kristi Scales provides instant updates from the field.
National Radio
N/A
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 81 (Internet 825) SIRI 135 (Internet 808)
XM Radio XM 81 (Internet 825) XM (Internet 808)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 81 (Internet 825) SXM 385 (Internet 808)
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NFC East Standings
Team Record Pct Home Away Div Conf PF PA Strk
Eagles(XYZ) 12-3 .867 7-0 6-2 5-0 10-1 457 289 3W
Cowboys 8-7 .533 3-5 5-2 4-1 6-5 348 332 1L
Redskins 7-8 .467 5-3 2-5 1-4 5-6 332 370 1W
Giants 2-13 .133 1-6 1-7 0-5 0-11 228 378 4L
[x]-Clinched Division [Y]-Clinched 1st Round Bye [Z]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Eagles(XYZ) East 13-2
2 Vikings(XY) North 12-3
3 Rams(Y) West 11-4
4 Saints(W) South 11-4
5 Panthers(W) South 11-4
6 Falcons South 9-6
[W]-Clinched Playoff Berth [X]-Clinched 1st Round Bye [Y]-Clinched Division [Z]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (65-52)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
Points Leader
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2542-2329)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-1 against the Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 7-8 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Jason Garrett: Pederson leads series 2-1
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Cowboys: 1-3
Dak Prescott: Against Eagles: 1-2
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Dak Prescott: First meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 8-6
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Eagles lead the Cowboys: 6-4
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 4 - Cowboys No. 16
Record
Eagles: 13-2
Cowboys: 8-7
Last Meeting
Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Eagles 37 - Cowboys 9
Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Jake Elliott to a head injury, and the Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East with a 37-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in week 11.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Eagles 27 – Cowboys 13
Carson Wentz threw for 2 TDs and 245 yards in a meaningless games as the Cowboys rested starters and Tony Romo threw the final TD pass of his career in the loss.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/19/2017 Eagles Cowboys 37-9
1/1/2017 Eagles Cowboys 27-13
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/8/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27
9/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
12/14/2014 Cowboys Eagles 38-27
11/27/2014 Eagles Cowboys 33-10
12/29/2013 Eagles Cowboys 24-22
10/20/2013 Cowboys Eagles 17-3
12/2/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-33
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2017 Weekly Matchup
Week 17 - Iron Rank Matchup
Week 17 - "Expert" Picks
2017 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
2017 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 53 90 58.9 498 5 1 88.1
Wentz (IR) 265 440 60.2% 3296 33 7 101.9
Prescott 291 460 63.3% 3145 21 13 86.7
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Blount 164 729 48.6 4.4 2
Ajayi 70 408 58.3 5.8 1
Elliott 215 880 97.8 4.1 7
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 72 800 61.5 11.1 8
Bryant 66 814 54.3 12.3 6
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 9.5 37
Lawrence 14.5 35
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 88 61 27 1.0
Lee 93 63 30 0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Robinson 4 19
Heath 3 9
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
D. Jones 60 2734 62 45.6 40.6 18 5 1
C. Jones 58 2552 62 44.0 41.9 30 3 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 39/42
Bailey 19 15 78.9% 56 26/27
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Barner 9 176 19.6 27 0
Switzer 23 586 25.5 61 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Barner 24 229 9.5 76 0 15
Switzer 23 244 8.7 83 1 8
League Rankings 2017
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 375.5 4th 334.1 14th
Rush Offense 136.3 2nd 136.1 3rd
Pass Offense 239.2 12th 198.0 25th
Points Per Game 30.5 2nd 23.2 12th
3rd-Down Offense 42.9 5th 43.6 4th
4th-Down Offense 70.8 3rd 55.6 6th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 65.5 1st 60.8 6th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 306.9 5th 324.7 11th
Rush Defense 75.9 1st 106.3 11th
Pass Defense 231.0 20th 218.4 13th
Points Per Game 19.3 6th 22.1 16th
3rd-Down Defense 32.1 3rd 44.2 30th
4th-Down Defense 23.5 1st 36.4 11th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 56.8 22nd 57.1 T-23rd
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. +12 4th -2 T-19th
Penalty Per Game 7.3 T-25th 6.0 9th
Penalty Yards Per Game 60.9 23rd 58.3 18th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video – It was like a great Christmas present that was terribly wrapped. Nick Foles looked dreadful and the Eagles defense made some key mistakes in the first half, however they came up huge in the second half causing 5 turnovers including a key one late that led to a Jake Elliott 48-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to give the Eagles a 3 point lead. The Eagles defense added another late TD as Derek Barnett scooped up a fumble on a late ditch lateral and the Philadelphia Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs with a sloppy 19-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Monday night.
Cowboys - Video – Dak Prescott's struggles finally caught up with him as the Cowboys as their 3 game winning streak and playoff hopes ended in a loss to Seattle Sunday. Dak Prescott threw two interceptions and the Dallas offense didn't score a touchdown despite the reunion with his backfield mate. Coleman gave Seattle a 14-9 lead in the third quarter when he reached down to catch Prescott's badly overthrown pass to Elliott and ran untouched 30 yards for a touchdown. The TD put Seattle in front for good and the Seahawks won a playoff elimination game against Dallas, beating the Cowboys 21-12 on Sunday in Ezekiel Elliott's return from a six-game suspension.
Connections
Eagles RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a native of Haltom, TX and went to Haltom High School. Vaitai played collegiately at TCU in Fort Worth, TX
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Eagles LB Jordan Hicks played collegiately for Texas.
Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson played for the Eagles during the 1994-95 season.
Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but was released before the season began.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Many Cowboys fans were born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia Area, however have no ties to Dallas nor have ever been to the city.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was born in Abington, PA, located roughly 15 miles north of Philadelphia
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Eagles OT Lane Johnson is from Groveton, TX and has family who are Cowboys fans including his grandmother who has told “Shut up, if you want to see 75” while she was routing for the Cowboys.
Eagles WR Mack Hollins and Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer played WR together at University of North Carolina the last 4 seasons.
2018 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
OT Lane Johnson OT Tyron Smith (Starter)
QB Carson Wentz (Starter) C Travis Fredrick
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) OG Zach Martin (Starter)
G Brandon Brooks (Starter) DE Demarcus Lawrence (Starter)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter)
FS Malcom Jenkins
C Jason Kelce (1st Alt)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt)
CB Jalen Mills (3rd Alt)
K Jake Elliot (2nd Alt)
ST Kame Grugier-Hill (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: John Parry
Philadelphia owns the best record in the NFL this season at 13-2. The Eagles’ 13 wins are tied for the most in single-season franchise history (also 2004, 13-3)
In Week 14 at L.A. Rams, Philadelphia clinched its 10th NFC East title and 25th all-time postseason appearance. The last time the Eagles clinched the division crown in Week 14 or earlier was in 2004 (clinched in Week 12).
In Week 15 at N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia secured a first round bye in the playoffs, marking just the sixth instance since 1970 that they accomplished the feat.
Philadelphia secured home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with their Week 16 win against Oakland.
Only five NFL teams have won 14+ games since 2008: 2016 Patriots (14-2), 2015 Panthers (15-1), 2011 Packers (15-1), 2010 Patriots (14-2) and 2009 Colts (14-2)
Philadelphia is 7-0 at home for the first time since 2004. The last time the Eagles finished the season 8-0 at home was in 1992. Overall, Philadelphia has gone undefeated at home just four times in franchise history, doing so in 1992 (8-0), 1949 (6-0), 1948 (6-0) and 1945 (6-0).
Philadelphia has scored 457 points (30.5 points per game), which ranks 2nd all-time in single-season franchise history, trailing only 2014 (474 points). Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Eagles are just 18 points shy of setting a new club record.
Philadelphia is aiming to go undefeated in NFC East games for the first time since 2004.
Philadelphia has scored 36 TDs on 55 red zone drives to lead the NFL in red zone TD efficiency (65.5%)
Philadelphia ranks 2nd in the NFL in total points scored (457), trailing only L.A. Rams (465).
Philadelphia ranks 2nd in the NFL in point differential (+168), behind L.A. Rams (+170). The Eagles are the first NFL team to score 450+ points (457) while allowing less than 290 points (289) since the 2012 Broncos (481-289).
Philadelphia owns the NFL’s 2nd-ranked rushing offense (136.3), trailing only Jacksonville (145.3). The Eagles have rushed for 2,000+ yards (2,045) for the first time since the 2013 campaign (2,566).
Philadelphia is just the sixth team in NFL history to record 2,000+ rushing yards and 38+ passing TDs, joining the 2011 Saints (2,127-46), 1999 Rams (2,059-42), 1998 49ers (2,544- 41), 1991 Bills (2,381-39) and 1987 49ers (2,237-44).
Philadelphia has converted 17 of 24 fourth downs, ranking 3rd in the NFL in fourth-down conversions (70.8%), trailing only New Orleans (85.7%) and Jacksonville (76.9%).
Philadelphia leads the NFL in rushing defense (75.9). The Eagles have allowed just 1,138 rushing yards this season, which is the club’s best mark since 1991 (1,136).
Philadelphia is just the seventh team in NFL history to register 2,000+ rushing yards while allowing no more than 1,200 rushing yards in a season, joining the 2010 Steelers, 2007 Vikings, 1969 Cowboys, 1964 Bills, 1946 49ers and 1940 Bears.
Draft Picks
Eagles Cowboys
DE Derek Barnett DE Taco Charlton
CB Sidney Jones CB Chidobe Awuzie
CB Rasul Douglas CB Jourdan Lewis
WR Mack Hollins WR Ryan Switzer
RB Donnel Pumphrey S Xavior Woods
WR Shelton Gibson CB Marquez White
LB Nathan Gerry DT Joey Ivie
DT Elijah Qualls WR Noah Brown
DE Jordan Carrell
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Cowboys
WR Torrey Smith OG Byron Bell
WR Alshon Jeffery OG Jonathan Cooper
DE Chris Long
DT Timmy Jernigan
RB LaGarrett Blount
CB Patrick Robinson
G Chance Warmack
QB Nick Foles
S Corey Graham
CB Ronald Darby
K Jake Elliott
LB Dannell Ellerbe
OT Will Beatty
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Cowboys
CB Nolan Carroll QB Tony Romo
DE Connor Barwin OG Ronald Leary
DT Bennie Logan OG Emmett Cleary
QB Chase Daniel DT Jack Crawford
CB Leodis McKelvin DT Terrell McClain
WR Dorial Green-Beckham CB Brandon Carr
DE Marcus Smith CB Morris Claiborne
RB Ryan Mathews SS Barry Church
FS JJ Wilcox
Milestones
QB Nick Foles (7251) needs 247 yards to move up to 9th all-time on the all-time Eagles Passing Yards list Norm Van Brocklin
QB Nick Foles (51) needs 4 TDs to move up to a tie for 9th all-time on the all-time Eagles Passing TDs list Norm Van Brocklin
TE Brent Celek (4,985) needs 15 more yards to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
TE Brent Celek (395) needs 5 more receptions to reach 400 career receptions.
TE Zach Ertz (3640) needs 7 yards to move up to 14th on the Eagles all-time receiving list all-time passing WR Jason Avant
DE Brandon Graham (38.5 – 7th) needs 1 sacks to move up to a tie for 6th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DT Andy Harmon.
DE Fletcher Cox (34 - 10th) needs 1.5 sacks to move into a tie for 9th all-time on the Eagles sack list with William Fuller.
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player. Jenkins is the only Eagles player to have a pick 6 in 3 straight seasons.
DE Demarcus Lawrence (23.5) needs 3.5 more sacks to move up to a tie for 10th on the Cowboys all-time sack list with Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher.
QB Dak Prescott (44) needs 2 TDs to move up to 7th on the Cowboys all-time passing TD list moving ahead of Eddie LeBaron.
RB Ezekiel Elliott (2511) needs 218 rushing yards to move up to 11th on the Cowboys all-time rushing yards list passing Felix Jones.
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge

WDB Matchups (CAPS = Shadow Coverage)

Eagles WRs vs. Cowboys DBs
Tm Name Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% TaRt C% YPRC Gr Adv
PHI Alshon Jeffery LWR 75 218 4.48 577 45 16 39 20 50 1.44 80.6 4
DAL Jourdan Lewis RCB 70 170 4.54 432 6 7 86 15 59 1.01 76.9
PHI Torrey Smith RWR 72 205 4.41 465 38 17 45 14 61 0.99 42.3 -45
DAL Chidobe Awuzie LCB 73 202 4.43 175 76 4 20 15 68 0.7 80
PHI Nelson Agholor Slot 72 198 4.42 502 7 86 7 19 67 1.58 79.8 29
DAL Anthony Brown Slot 71 196 4.33 488 67 20 13 15 58 1.12 53.7
Cowboys WRs vs. Eagles DBs
Tm Name Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% TaRt C% YPRC Gr Adv
DAL Dez Bryant LWR 74 220 4.52 541 49 23 28 24 56 1.65 74.7 10
PHI Ronald Darby RCB 71 193 4.38 232 6 3 91 21 58 1.5 81.6
DAL Cole Beasley Slot 68 180 -100000 417 5 88 7 15 62 0.83 65.9 -11
PHI Patrick Robinson Slot 71 191 4.46 464 6 80 14 18 55 1.28 90.7
DAL Terrance Williams RWR 74 210 4.52 431 39 9 52 18 71 1.41 52.2 -23
PHI Jalen Mills LCB 72 191 4.61 609 87 3 10 18 60 1.14 71
TE Matchups
Tm Name Pos H Wt Rt Bl% I% S% W% TaRt% F/R Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
DAL Jason Witten TE 78 263 571 11 37 54 9 16 0.3 77 1.11 50.5 -12
PHI Malcolm Jenkins S 72 204 261 8 0.15 64 0.48 83.9
PHI Zach Ertz TE 77 250 477 7 42 41 17 23 0.45 72 1.81 85.6 2
DAL Byron Jones S 72 199 159 11 0.14 29 0.33 81.9
OL/DL Matchups
Note: Pressure Rate and Yards Before Contact are projected numbers based on the starters' grades and are adjusted for injuries. All other stats are based on this season's data
Tm Pr% SCon YBCo Runs ins. 5 yd ln/gm TD ins. 5 yd ln% Pass B % Run B %
DAL (OL) 4.3 14 1.97 1.1 44 -12 12
PHI (DL) 7.2 19 1.37 0.6 33
PHI (OL) 4.4 16 1.69 1 31 -7 17
DAL (DL) 6.7 13 1.75 1 25
Matchups to Watch
Nick Foles vs. Competency
Just as we all expected the defense carried Nick Foles in a great defensive show down with the Raiders. Last weeks performance was largely the opposite of Week 15 leaving fans of the other NFC playoff teams salivating at the chance to play Nick Foles. If there is one word used to describe Foles in his career it would be inconsistent. The Giants and Raiders games are the two games you could point to when you want to describe what Nick Foles is capable of since there is usually no in between. The starters will play in this meaningless game against the Sean Lee led Dallas Sean Lee's and this is a good thing - at least for the offense. Foles needs all of the live reps he can get to be ready for the postseason. No one expects him to go out on the field and look like Carson Wentz. All we need Foles to do is to go out on the field in the post season and not look like Dak Prescott. Fact is, there were several plays open all game to different receivers for Foles to hit against the Raiders and he missed nearly all of them. No one wants to pile on a poor performance, but if Foles plays like he did against the Raiders in the playoffs the Eagles will be one and done faster than the 2016 Cowboys. This is the matchup to watch in this game. Continuity and familiarity will help Foles. Being used to the elements will help Foles. Sunday's game against Dallas will be very cold. While that is an effective equalizer for the Eagles moving forward it doesn't help if their own QB doesn't handle the elements well either.
Eagles Snap Counts vs. Necessity
There isn't really much to watch for in this game other than Nick Foles and the offense, but Pederson has come out and said that the starters will play in this game. Obviously, if the Eagles lose this nothing changes but we should be watching how the team plays, who plays, the amount of snaps they play, and if they make it through the game cleanly. I wouldn't expect the defensive line to see the full workload they are used to but we will see them play snaps. I think it'll be important for guys like Ellerbe and Darby to continue to get snaps and make sure they are still in game shape. There is also the possibility Sidney Jones will play. If there is a situation where you can get him meaningful snaps without having to worry about a games consequences this is it. Maybe the Eagles give some snaps to reserve tackle Will Beatty to ensure that he has some work under his belt in the event it is needed. Wisniewski could certainly use some snaps since he has missed the last two and a half games. All there is to watch is how long the usual cast of characters plays.
Doug Pederson vs The Future
Jimmy Kempski struggled with his key matchups in this game but did mention that it'll be interesting to see how Pederson calls this game. He's playing the starters; do you call a game to win? I think he'll need to be smart and not reveal anything too deep in the game plan that he'll use for Foles in the playoffs. This is really a stretch since there is no silver lining to Foles starting moving forward. Pederson should be smart about what he does Sunday so as to not tip their hand when the games count again.
Eagles vs. Expectations
This has been a magical roller coaster season for the Eagles. Many fans expected the team to improve and challenge for a playoff spot despite the more pessimistic projections from national writers and worthless redditors alike. Carson Wentz took the next leap to greatness this season and established himself as one of the upper tier QBs in the league. Doug Pederson proved he knew what he was doing despite a lot of skepticism from fans and writers alike. Dak Prescott stinks. There was room for optimism after last season. The Eagles went 7-9 with their most difficult schedule since NFL realignment. This doesn't take into account the number of teams the Eagles faced coming off a bye - consecutively - then playing a Falcons team coming off 10 days rest. That strength of schedule percentage doesn't take into account naming Wentz starter a week before the start of the season after trading Bradford. It doesn't take into account he was a rookie with a rookie head coach and a new staff and scheme. Yet, here the Eagles are. Through all the adversity this team has faced this season they sit 13-2 and the number 1 seed in the East. There is a chance that the Eagles could set the franchise record for wins if they beat the Cowboys on Sunday. The postseason was always going to be a challenge even with Wentz given the depth of the NFC but has become even more difficult to navigate without him. I would imagine there is less expected of this Eagles team from the outside since Wentz's injury than from before. The team should be used to that by now. The Eagles still have everything to play for and will need its best players to raise their level of play moving forward. The coaching staff will need to bring its very best in order to win moving forward. Week 17 is meaningless... but how the team prepares and carries itself isn't.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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[Game Preview] Week 17 - Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-2)

Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) vs. Dallas Cowboys (13-2)
The Philadelphia Eagles will close out the 2016 campaign when they host the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC East divisional contest at Lincoln Financial Field. Since the Week 8 matchup between the two teams, the Eagles and Cowboys have taken different paths. That first meeting in Arlington, Texas, under the bright lights of Sunday Night Football, was a back-and-forth effort that ultimately saw Dallas come away with the win in overtime. The loss dropped the Eagles to 4-3, and it would be the first of seven losses in an eight-game span. For the Cowboys, though, it was the sixth win in a row as part of a streak that eventually reached 11 games. Now 13-2, Dallas has locked up a first-round bye and homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
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Date
Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Temperature: 50°F
Feels Like: 51°F
Forecast: Warmer - Partly Cloudy
Humidity: 50%
Chance of Precipitation: 12%
Cloud Coverage: 45%
Wind: NE 5 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia by -6
OveUnder: 42.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 7-8, Dallas 10-4-1
Where to Watch on TV
FOX - will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Kevin Burkhardt will handle the play-by-play duties and John Lynch will provide analysis. Pam Oliver will report from the sidelines.
TV Map - Week 17 TV Coverage Map
Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (40th season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
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NFC East Standings
Team W L T Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Cowboys 13 2 0 0.867 408 279 129 48 7-1 6-1 3-2 0.600 9-2 0.818 4-0 2W 4-1
Giants 10 5 0 .667 291 274 17 34 7-1 3-4 3-2 .600 7-4 .636 3-1 1L 3-2
Redskins 8 6 1 0.567 386 364 22 42 4-3 4-3-1 3-2 0.600 6-5 0.545 2-1-1 1W 2-3
Eagles 6 9 0 .400 340 318 22 34 5-2 1-7 1-4 0.200 4-7 .364 2-2 1W 1-4
Series Information
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (65-50)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
September 30th, 1960 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. Dallas Cowboys 25 - Philadelphia Eagles 27
Points Leader
The Dallas Cowboys lead the Philadelphia Eagles (2520-2265)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-1 against the Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 7-6 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Jason Garrett: Garrett leads 1-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Cowboys: 0-1
Dak Prescott: Against Eagles: 1-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Dak Prescott: Prescott leads 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead the Eagles: 8-5
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Eagles lead the Cowboys: 5-4
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 24 - Cowboys No. 2
Last Week
Eagles: W 24-19 vs. New York Giants
Cowboys: W 42-21 vs. Detroit Lions
Last Meeting
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016
Cowboys 29 - Eagles 23
Dallas WR Dez Bryant has 4 catches for 113 yards & TD. Cowboys TE Jason Witten has GW 5-yard TD catch in OT.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday Sept 20, 2015
Cowboys 20 - Eagles 10
Dallas LB Kyle Wilber returns blocked punt 26 yards for TD. Cowboys WR Terrance Williams has 84 rec. yards & TD.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
10/30/2016 Cowboys Eagles 29-23
11/08/2015 Eagles Cowboys 33-27 OT
09/20/2015 Cowboys Eagles 20-10
12/14/2014 Cowboys Eagles 38-27
11/27/2014 Eagles Cowboys 33-10
12/29/2013 Eagles Cowboys 24-22
10/20/2013 Cowboys Eagles 17-3
12/02/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-33
11/11/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-23
12/24/2011 Eagles Cowboys 20-7
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2016 Weekly Matchup
Week 17 - Iron Rank Matchup
Week 17 - "Expert" Picks
Week 17 - Sporting Charts Matchup
2016 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
2016 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 352 564 62.4% 3537 14 14 78.2
Prescott 307 451 68.1% 3630 23 4 105.7
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Mathews (IR) 155 661 50.8 4.3 8
Sproles 85 406 29.0 4.8 2
Elliott 322 1631 108.7 5.1 15
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Matthews 73 804 57.4 11.0 3
Bryant 50 796 15.9 66.3 8
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Cox 6.5 31.0
Mayowa 6 34.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 101 69 32 2
Lee 145 93 52 0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
McLeod/Hicks/Jenkins 3 14
Church 2 9
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB FC BP
D. Jones 59 2688 72 45.6 40.5 20 6 15 0
C. Jones 54 2466 63 45.7 40.6 22 4 16 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Sturgis 38 33 86.8% 55 27/28
Bailey 30 25 83.3% 56 45/45
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Barner (IR) 9 277 30.8 61 0
Smallwood (IR) 9 261 29.0 86 1
Huff (Released) 7 252 36.0 98 1
Agholor 5 92 18.4 27 0
Whitehead 15 354 23.6 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 17 224 13.2 66 0 12
Whitehead 22 172 7.8 39 0 6
League Rankings 2016
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Offense 336.8 21st 388.8 4th
Rush Offense 113.3 10th 155.1 2nd
Pass Offense 223.5 25th 233.7 19th
Points Per Game 22.7 17th 27.3 4th
3rd-Down Offense 37.6 21st 42.4 11th
4th-Down Offense 50.0 T-12th 88.9 1st
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 49.0% 25th 67.3% 2nd
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Total Defense 352.6 18th 343.8 12th
Rush Defense 105.5 19th 81.5 1st
Pass Defense 247.1 18th 262.3 27th
Points Per Game 21.2 12th 18.6 4th
3rd-Down Defense 39.9 18th 38.8 13th
4th-Down Defense 44.4 T-13th 69.2 T-27th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 44.9% 3rd 54.0% 15th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Cowboys Stat Cowboys Rank
Turnover Diff. +4 10th +7 6th
Penalty Per Game 7.2 21st 6.6 12th
Penalty Yards Per Game 58.9 19th 56.2 15th
Notable Moments
January 11, 1981 - Video - After losing to the Cowboys in all but 3 games from 1967–79, the Eagles finished first in the NFC East in 1980 due to tie-breaking procedures and thus claimed the number one overall seed. It was also called the "Blue Jersey Game", on the account that the Eagles, having the choice as the home team, made the Cowboys wear their seemingly cursed blue jerseys (a stigma that dated back to Super Bowl V). Eagles defeated the Cowboys 20-7.
1987 Season - Video - With many of the Cowboys players crossing the picket line during the strike, Dallas humiliated the replacement-laden Eagles 41-22. Buddy Ryan accused Tom Landry of running up the score, and Ryan had his heart set on revenge. With little time remaining and the Eagles up by ten, Randall Cunningham faked a kneel down and tossed a long pass into the end zone, resulting in a pass interference call. With the Eagles at the one, a final touchdown sealed the revenge for the Eagles, 37-20.
1991 Season - The Eagles began the 1991 season by pounding the Cowboys 24-0 (Video) in Texas Stadium in Week 3. Riding a three-game winning streak, Dallas entered Veterans Stadium in Week 16 with a chance at a playoff berth, their first since 1985. The Cowboys benefited from Eagles QB Randall Cunningham being injured, and rode a Kelvin Martin punt return for a touchdown to a 25-13 victory. The loss jolted the Eagles from the playoff picture.
December 28, 2008 - Video - The Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Philadelphia with a wild card playoff berth on the line. The winner would claim the sixth and final wild card spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. This situation was brought about by losses earlier in the day by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears, which kept the Eagles playoff hopes alive. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity, and took a 27-3 halftime lead on their way to a 44-6 blowout of the Cowboys. It was Terrell Owens' last game as a Cowboy. The Eagles went all the way to the NFC Championship before losing to the Arizona Cardinals.
January 3, 2010 - The Cowboys (10-5) hosted their regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) in a regular season-sealing claim for the NFC East crown. The Cowboys would win the day, shutting out the Eagles, 24-0. With the victory, the Cowboys would once again reclaim first place in their division and improve to 11–5 to top off their regular season. Despite the loss, the Eagles claimed the #6 seed in the NFC, while the Cowboys claimed the #3 seed, setting the stage for a rematch in the first round of the playoffs. For the third time that year, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles, with a final score of 34-14. The Cowboys and Eagles combined to set an NFL record for the most penalty yards in a playoff game, ever. The two teams were penalized 23 times for 228 yards. With the win, not only did the Cowboys improve to 12–5, they finally won their first postseason game since 1996. This was the last game with the Eagles for QB Donovan McNabb.
December 29, 2013 - Video The Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Dallas for the de facto NFC East Championship. The winner would thus claim the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity, as they won 24-22. Brandon Boykin intercepted a pass by backup quarterback Kyle Orton to Miles Austin with 1:43 remaining to seal the victory.
Connections
Eagles RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a native of Haltom, TX and went to Haltom High School. Vaitai played collegiately at TCU in Fort Worth, TX
Eagles S Jalen Mills was born in Dallas and grew up in DeSoto, TX and went to Desoto High School.
Eagles QB Chase Daniel is originally from Southlake, TX.
Eagles LB Jordan Hicks played collegiately for Texas.
Cowboys Safeties Coach Greg Jackson played for the Eagles during the 1994-95 season.
Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles but was released before the season began.
Cowboys Assistant Director of Video Stephen Gagliardino began his NFL career in 1995 as a ball boy with the Philadelphia Eagles when he was 16 years old, working training camp and game days at Veterans Stadium. He did that for four seasons before moving over to the Eagles video department in 1999, where he worked full time as an intern for three seasons (1999-2001).
Cowboys DT Cedric Thornton signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent in 2011 and started 45-of-61 games along the defensive line, recording 233 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and five pass deflections in five seasons with the team.
Cowboys QB Mark Sanchez started 10 of his 13 games with Philadelphia from 2014-15
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was born in Abington, PA, located roughly 15 miles north of Philadelphia
Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Cowboys QB Dak Prescott played together at Mississippi State University when Prescott was a red shirt freshman.
Pro Bowlers
Eagles Cowboys
OT Jason Peters (Starter) QB Dak Prescott (Starter)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) RB Ezekiel Elliott (Starter)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt) C Travis Fredrick (Starter)
FS Rodney (1st Alt) OG Zack Martin (Starter)
PR Darren Sproles (1st Alt) OT Tyron Smith (Starter)
C Jason Kelce (2nd Alt)
ST Chris Maragos (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: Walt Coleman
The Eagles have not beaten the Cowboys in Philadelphia since 2011 when they posted a 34-7 victory over Dallas. In the last seven games between the two teams at Lincoln Financial Field, the Cowboys are 6-1.
According to ESPN, Dak Prescott will start, attempting to set the NFL record for wins in a season by a rookie quarterback. Romo and Mark Sanchez are expected to play, but it has not been determined how long they will do so. It's expected that Sanchez will see most if not all of the playing time.
Romo has not played in a regular-season game since a loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving last year when he suffered a broken left collarbone for the second time in the 2015 season. In the Aug. 25 preseason meeting against the Seattle Seahawks this year, he suffered a compression fracture in his back that forced the Cowboys to start Prescott.
The Dallas Cowboys (13-2), who defeated Detroit 42-21 on Monday Night Football, clinched the NFC East division and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. It marks the 13th time in the past 14 seasons that one or more teams went from last or tied for last place to a division championship the following year. NFC East teams account for 6 of those 13 teams.
The Eagles and Cowboys have split their last six regular season games, 3-3 (.500), including back-to-back overtime affairs on the road in Dallas (1-1, .500).
The Eagles have won 21 games straight at home when scoring 21 1st Half points. The last loss was in 1999 against the Arizona Cardinals (25-24). It was Doug Pederson's first start as the Eagle QB
Eagles
Last week, S Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Eli Manning twice, returning the first for a touchdown, in the Eagles’ 24–19 home win over the Giants. Jenkins is the first Philadelphia player to have two interceptions including a pick-six since Dimitri Patterson, at Washington in November 2010. The last Eagles player to do that against the Giants was Gil Steinke (3 INT, 1 TD) at the Polo Grounds in November 1946 in a game that New York still managed to win, 45–17.
S Terrence Brooks's interception againts the Giants was the Eagles' first interception in the final 30 seconds of 1-possession game since CB Lito Sheppard picked off QB Jake Delhomme in the End Zone at 0:24 up 3 points over the Carolina Panthers in 2006.
QB Carson Wentz has thrown at least 1 interception for 6 straight weeks. The last Eagles player to do that was QB Ty Detmer during the 1996 season.
In RT Lane Johnson's 1st drive back from suspension, the Eagles gained 47 yds on 3 rushes to the right side after averaging 28.3 yds/3.8 YPC during his suspension.
WR Nelson Agholor had a touchdown catch last week.
WR Jordan Matthews has 30 career catches against the Dallas Cowboys, the third-highest total for any single opponent (Washington and New York are tied for first at 31). His four touchdowns against Dallas are his most against any single team.
The Eagles' Special Teams leads the NFL in kickoff return average (27.9) and punt return average (12.9) in 2016. The Eagles rank 2nd in opponent kickoff return average (19.1), trailing only Carolina (18.1).
The Eagles' Special Teams owns the NFL’s best average starting field position after kickoff (27.5) this season, in addition to the best opponent starting field position after kickoff (22.4). The Eagles rank 5th in average starting field position, trailing only Oakland (31.8), New England (30.5), Carolina (30.5) and Minnesota (30.4).
The Eagles' Offense is tied for the 2nd-most 10+ play drives (34) in the NFL this season, trailing only Dallas (35). The Eagles rank 3rd in 5+ minute drives (30) as well, behind Dallas (35) and Detroit (32).
The Eagles' Defense ranks 3rd in the NFL in opponent red zone TD efficiency (44.9%) in 2016, trailing only N.Y. Giants (39.0%) and Carolina (44.2%). The Eagles also rank 2nd in opponent yards per play in the red zone (2.26), behind Minnesota (2.24).
The Eagles' Offense ranks 5th in the NFL in percentage of rushes gaining 4+ yards (45.8%) in 2016, trailing only Buffalo (51.5%), Tennessee (50.3%), Pittsburgh (47.2%) and San Francisco (47.1%). Philadelphia also ranks 6th in 10+ yard rushes (54), behind Buffalo (74), Dallas (70), San Francisco (58), Tennessee (56) and Miami (55).
The Eagles are one of only four NFL teams with at least 5 non-offensive TDs this season, joining Kansas City (7), Minnesota (6) and Atlanta (5).
Eight Eagles' Defensive Players will start all 16 games for the Eagles for the first time since 1994. DE Connor Barwin, CB Nollan Carroll, DT Fletcher Cox, DE Brandon Graham, MLB Jordan Hicks, S Malcolm Jenkins, and S Rodney McLeod have all started 15 games going into Sunday.
Cowboys
The Cowboys' Offense ranks 1st in the NFL in average time of possession (32:10) in 2016, with the Eagles Offense (32:03) in 2nd place. The Eagles lead the league in second-half average time of possession (16:56).
The Cowboys' Offense is the NFL’s 2nd-ranked rushing offense (155.1 YDS/G) this season, trailing only Buffalo (170.8 YDS/G).
QB Dak Prescott leads all NFL rookies in pass yards (3,630), touchdowns (23) & rating (105.6). In 7 career road games, Prescott has 12 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions for a 105.0 rating.
QB Dak Prescott, who has started every game for Dallas this season, has tied QB Ben Roethlisberger (13–0 in 2004) for the most wins by a rookie starting quarterback in one season.
RB Ezekiel Elliott leads NFL with 1,631 rush yards and ranks 3rd with 15 rushing touchdowns. Elliott ranks 3rd all-time among rookies with 1,631 rush yards.
RB Ezekiel Elliott rushed 55 yards for a touchdown late in the first quarter of the Cowboys’ win on Monday Night Football. It was Elliott’s second touchdown run of at least 50 yards this season (he scampered 60 yards in a win over the Bengals on October 9), tying the team record. RB Duane Thomas (in 1971), RB Tony Dorsett (as a rookie in 1977), and RB Emmitt Smith (1991) also had two 50-yard rushing touchdowns in a season.
WR Dez Bryant's two receiving touchdown put him at 67 career receiving touchdowns and allowed him to surpassed HoF Michael Irvin (65) for the second-most in Cowboys' franchise history.
WR Dez Bryant had two touchdown receptions and also threw a 10-yard pass (1st career pass/1st career TD pass) to TE Jason Witten for a score. Bryant is the fifth player in NFL history to account for two touchdowns receiving and one passing in a game. The others were WR David Patten (2001), HB/FB Keith Lincoln (1965), LE Don Hutson (1943), and HB Johnny "Blood" McNally (1937). Additionally, Bryant is the 1st Cowboys Non-QB with a touchdown pass since FB Richie Anderson (also threw it lefty) in 2004 at the Redskins - also on Monday Night Football
LB Sean Lee is the third player in team history with three, 100-tackle seasons (145).
The Dallas Cowboys are the 1st team in NFL History to have a rookie Quarterback with 20 Touchdown passes and a rookie running back with 15 rushing touchdowns.
Milestones
QB Carson Wentz (3,537 - 17th) can make a move up to 16th place on the Eagles' All-Time Passing Yards list with 189 more passing yards. He will pass QB Sam Bradford (3,725 - 16th) along the way.
QB Carson Wentz (3,537 - 7th) can set the Eagles franchise record for most passing yards in a single season with 380 more passing yards passing out QB Donovan McNabb's (3,916 - 1st) 2008 record.
QB Carson Wentz (540 - 4th) can move to the top of the Eagles' Single Season Passing Attempts list with 32 more passing attempts. He would pass QB Randall Cunningham 1988 - (560 - 3rd) and QB Donovan McNabb 2000 - (569 - 2nd) & 2008 - (571 - 1st).
QB Carson Wentz (339 - 3rd) can move to the top of the Eagles' Single Season Pass Completions list with 8 more completions. He would pass QB Donovan McNabb 2008 - (345 - 2nd) and QB Sam Bradford 2015 - (346 - 1st).
QB Carson Wentz currently owns every major Eagles' Franchise Rookie Record for a Rookie Quarterback except for Best QB Rating, Season (min 75 atts.). Wentz (78.5 - 3rd) could make the jump to 1st place with a good game against the Cowboys, but QB Mike Boryla 1974 - (78.9 - 2nd) and QB Nick Foles 2012 (79.1 - 1st) stand in front of him.
QB Carson Wentz (352) is only 3 completions shy of claiming the NFL rookie completions record (354) set by QB Sam Bradford in 2010.
WR Jordan Matthews (225 -12th) has the 12th most receptions in NFL history by a player in their first 3 seasons. With 7 more receptions, he could move as high as 7th place.
TE Brent Celek (4,859) needs 141 more yards to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
RB Darren Sproles (18,975 - 8th) is 8th on the NFL's All-Time All-Purpose Yards list. He can move into 7th place with 93 more yards. However, WR Steve Smith Sr. (19,067 - 7th) is currently in 7th place and is still active in the NFL. Sproles (18,975) is 25 All-Purpose Yards away from 19,000 Career All-Purpose Yards.
DE Connor Barwin (30.5 - 15th) is in 15th place on the Eagles All-Time Sack List. Barwin can move into 14th place with 1 more sack joining DE Juqua Parker (31.5 - 14th). Barwin is also 0.5 sacks away from reaching 50 career sacks!
DE Brandon Graham (29.0 - 17th) needs 1.0 Sacks to pass DT Jerome Brown (29.5 - 16th) on the Eagles All-Time Sack List. 1.0 Sacks will also give Graham 30 Career Sacks
DE Fletcher Cox (28.5 - 18th) needs 1.5 Sacks to pass DE Brandon Graham (29.0 - 17th) and DT Jerome Brown (29.5 - 16th) on the Eagles All-Time Sack List. 1.5 Sacks will also give Cox 30 Career Sacks
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player. Jenkins is the only Eagles player to have a pick 6 in 3 straight seasons
K Caleb Sturgis (33 - T-1st) is 1 Field Goal Made away from breaking the Eagles Franchise Record for most Field Goals Made in a single season. Sturgis is currently tied with K David Akers (33 - T-1st) who set the record during the 2008 season.
RB Ezekiel Elliot (15 - 4th) is 3 rushing touchdowns away from moving into a tied for 3rd place on the Cowboys' Single Season Rushing Touchdown List. RB Emmitt Smith currently holds 1st (25 - 1995), 2nd (21 - 1994), and 3rd place (18 - 1992).
RB Ezekiel Elliot (1631 - 5th) needs 215 more rushing yards to move into 1st place on the Cowboys' Single Season Rushing Yard List. RB Tony Dorsett - 1981 (1,646 - 4th), RB Emmit Smith - 1992 (1,713 - 3rd), RB Emmit Smith - 1995 (1,773 - 2nd), and RB DeMarco Murray - 2014 (1,845 - 1st) stand in front of him.
RB Ezekiel Elliot (1631) would need 178 more yards to break RB Eric Dickerson's (1,808) rookie rushing yard record.
RB Alfred Morris (4,944) is 56 rushing yards away from 5,000 career rushing yards.
TE Jason Witten (1,088) is 12 receptions away from 1,100 career receptions.
TE Jason Witten (1,088 - 7th) can move into 4th place on the NFL's All-Time Receptions list with 15 more receptions. Witten will pass WR Tim Brown (1,094 - 6th), WR Cris Carter (1,101 - 5th), and WR Marvin Harrison (1,102 - 4th).
TE Jason Witten (11,878) is 122 receiving yards away from 12,000 career receiving yards.
WR Dez Bryant (462) is 38 receptions away from 500 career receptions.
WR Dez Bryant (67) is 3 receiving touchdowns away from 70 career receiving touchdowns. Additionally, Bryant (69) is 1 total touchdowns away from 70 career touchdowns
K Dan Bailey (189) is 11 Field Goal Attempts away from 200 career attempts.
The Dallas Cowboys (13-2) tied with their franchise record for wins in a season (13 in 1992 and 2007). A win over the Philadelphia Eagles would set their new franchise record for wins in a season at 14-2.
QB Tony Romo (247) is 3 passing touchdowns away from 250 career touchdowns. Additionally, 5 more passing touchdowns would move Romo (247 - 21st) into 20th place on the NFL's All-Time Passing Touchdown List. He would pass QB Drew Bledsoe (251 - 20th)
Matchups to Watch
RB Ezekiel Elliott Vs. LB Jordan Hicks
Elliott has been everything that Dallas hoped for, and more, when they selected him fourth overall in last April’s draft. He leads the league in rushing yards with 1,631 and his 15 rushing touchdowns rank third. He broke off a couple of big runs against the Eagles earlier this season, but the Eagles kept him out of the end zone. In an attempt to do that once against this time around, expect middle linebacker and playmaker Jordan Hicks to see Elliott early and often on Sunday. (If he plays)
WR Dez Bryant Vs. CB Jalen Mills
After missing time earlier this season due to a foot injury, Bryant has bounced back in a huge way with 796 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s coming off a game in which he caught two touchdowns and threw another. It’s uncertain how much he (or any Cowboys starter) will play, but when Bryant is out there, keep an eye on where Jalen Mills is. In the crunch time of last week’s win, Jim Schwartz played a “box and one” defense, with Mills shadowing Odell Beckham Jr. while the rest of the defense played zone. Mills has gotten beat at times this season, but he’s shown promise as a corner at the NFL level.
RB Byron Marshall Vs. LB Sean Lee
Over the past few weeks, the Eagles have suffered blow after blow at the running back position. With Ryan Mathews, Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood all officially finished for the season, expect to see a healthy amount of Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall on Sunday. Marshall is the real name to watch. The Eagles know exactly what they have in Sproles, but it’s not clear exactly what kind of player Marshall could be. Don’t be surprised to see the undrafted rookie out of Oregon get most of the carries for the Eagles this week.
LB Nigel Bradham vs. TE Jason Witten
In their first meeting, Witten caught just two passes for 16 yards, but one of those two receptions was the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Bradham has done a nice job against tight ends most of the season and gets one more test in the final.
RG Brandon Brooks vs. DT David Irving
The Cowboys use Irving both inside and outside, but he's been really good as an inside pass rusher the past few weeks. Brooks, who has had a nice season, will get tested Sunday. Irving has three sacks and a forced fumble in last two games.
Game Preview Retirement
Hey everyone! After some serious thought, I just wanted to let everyone know that this is likely the last season I'll be making up my game previews. My kids are getting older and are involved in different sports and activities and I won't have the same amount of time to devote to creating a weekly thread.
I want to thank everyone for their support and interaction over the last 5 seasons of game previews/threads.
Happy New Year and Go Birds!
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[Game Preview] Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (8-3)

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Philadelphia Eagles (8-3) at Dallas Cowboys (8-3)
Following a 19-point victory over the Tennessee Titans in Week 12, the Eagles will return to action on Thursday as they travel to Arlington, TX, to square off against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday's game features a battle of the NFC East Heavyweights, as both teams enter the contest with an 8-3 record and in the thick of the playoff hunt.
Notable Moments
January 11, 1981 - After losing to the Cowboys in all but 3 games from 1967–79, the Eagles finished first in the NFC East in 1980 due to tie-breaking procedures and thus claimed the number one overall seed. It was also called the "Blue Jersey Game", on the account that the Eagles, having the choice as the home team, made the Cowboys wear their seemingly cursed blue jerseys (a stigma that dated back to Super Bowl V). Eagles defeated the Cowboys 20-7.
1987 Season - With many of the Cowboys players crossing the picket line during the strike, Dallas humiliated the replacement-laden Eagles 41-22. Buddy Ryan accused Tom Landry of running up the score, and Ryan had his heart set on revenge. With little time remaining and the Eagles up by ten, Randall Cunningham faked a kneel down and tossed a long pass into the end zone, resulting in a pass interference call. With the Eagles at the one, a final touchdown sealed the revenge for the Eagles, 37-20.
1991 Season - The Eagles began the 1991 season by pounding the Cowboys 24-0 in Texas Stadium in Week 3. Riding a three-game winning streak, Dallas entered Veterans Stadium in Week 16 with a chance at a playoff berth, their first since 1985. The Cowboys benefited from Eagles QB Randall Cunningham being injured, and rode a Kelvin Martin punt return for a touchdown to a 25-13 victory. The loss jolted the Eagles from the playoff picture.
December 28, 2008 - The Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Philadelphia with a wild card playoff berth on the line. The winner would claim the sixth and final wild card spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. This situation was brought about by losses earlier in the day by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears, which kept the Eagles playoff hopes alive. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity, and took a 27-3 halftime lead on their way to a 44-6 blowout of the Cowboys. It was Terrell Owens' last game as a Cowboy. The Eagles went all the way to the NFC Championship before losing to the Arizona Cardinals.
January 3, 2010 - The Cowboys (10-5) hosted their regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles (11-4) in a regular season-sealing claim for the NFC East crown. The Cowboys would win the day, shutting out the Eagles, 24-0. With the victory, the Cowboys would once again reclaim first place in their division and improve to 11–5 to top off their regular season. Despite the loss, the Eagles claimed the #6 seed in the NFC, while the Cowboys claimed the #3 seed, setting the stage for a rematch in the first round of the playoffs. For the third time that year, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles, with a final score of 34-14. The Cowboys and Eagles combined to set an NFL record for the most penalty yards in a playoff game, ever. The two teams were penalized 23 times for 228 yards. With the win, not only did the Cowboys improve to 12–5, they finally won their first postseason game since 1996.
December 29, 2013 - The Eagles and Cowboys faced off in Dallas for the de facto NFC East Championship. The winner would thus claim the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC, and the loser would be eliminated from playoff contention. The Eagles did not squander the opportunity, as they won 24-22. Brandon Boykin intercepted a pass by backup quarterback Kyle Orton to Miles Austin with 1:43 remaining to seal the victory.
General Information
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Game Time Game Location
4:30 PM - Eastern AT&T Stadium
3:30 PM - Central 1 AT&T Way
2:30 PM - Mountain Arlington, TX 76011
1:30 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Retractable Roof/Dome Temperature: 65°F| Feels Like: 64°F| Forecast: Sunny| Humidity: 34%| Chance of Precipitation: 3%| Cloud Coverage: 0%| Wind: N 7 MPH|
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Cowboys by -3
OveUnder: 54.5
Where to Watch on TV
FOX - Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Erin Andrews
TV Map - Week 13 TV Coverage Maps (not active yet)
Internet Streams
NFL Streams - Look here 30 minutes before the game for Streams
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-AM 1150 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Sunbury, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Harrisburg/York/Lancaster, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, PA WEZX-FM 106.9 and 107.3
Atlantic City, NJ WENJ-AM 97.3 FM/1450 AM
Milford, DE WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Gus Salazar and Macu Berral will handle the broadcast in Spanish on El Zol (1340 AM) in Philadelphia.
National Radio
Westwood One will air the game to a national audience with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), Tony Boselli (commentary) and Scott Kaplan (sideline) on the call.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Cowboys Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 93 (Internet 823) SIRI 85 (Internet 808)
XM Radio XM 225 (Internet 823) XM 85 (Internet 808)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Internet 823) SXM 85 (Internet 808)
NFC East Standings
Team W L Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Eagles 8 3 .727 342 275 67 39 6-0 2-3 2-0 1.000 4-3 .571 4-0 1W 3-2
Cowboys 8 3 .727 292 240 52 34 3-3 5-0 2-1 .667 5-3 .625 3-0 2W 3-2
Giants 3 8 .273 233 294 -61 29 2-4 1-4 1-3 .250 2-7 .222 1-1 6L 0-5
Redskins 3 8 .273 217 273 -56 24 2-3 1-5 1-2 .333 1-7 .125 2-1 3L 2-3
Series Information
Series Leader
Cowboys lead the Eagles: 62-48
Head to Head Box Scores
Points Leader
Cowboys lead the Eagles: 2396-2139
Coaches Record
Chip Kelly: 1-1 against Cowboys
Jason Garrett: 4-4 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Tied at 1-1
Quarterback Record
Mark Sanchez: Against Cowboys: 1-0
Tony Romo: Against Eagles: 10-6
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Mark Sanchez (Jets) leads Tony Romo: 1-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Cowboys lead 6-5
Record @ AT&T Stadium: Tied at 3-3
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 6 - Cowboys No. 5
Last Week
Eagles: W 43-24 vs Titans
Cowboys: W 31-28 vs Giants
Last Meeting
Dec. 29, 2013 - Eagles beat the Cowboys 24-22
Last Meeting Details
Click here to view the VIDEO RECAP
Click here to view the GAME BOOK RECAP
Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/29/2013 Eagles Cowboys 24-22
10/20/2013 Cowboys Eagles 17-3
12/02/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-33
11/11/2012 Cowboys Eagles 38-23
12/24/2011 Eagles Cowboys 20-7
10/30/2011 Eagles Cowboys 34-7
01/02/2011 Cowboys Eagles 14-13
12/12/2010 Eagles Cowboys 30-27
01/09/2010 Cowboys Eagles 34-14
01/03/2010 Cowboys Eagles 24-0
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Cowboys Cowboys
2014 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Eagles Season Stats
Cowboys Season Stats
Statmilk Match-up
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 186 311 59.8% 2163 13 10 81.4
Sanchez 91 146 62.3% 1187 7 6 86.8
Romo 203 295 68.8% 2519 22 6 111.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS AVG TD
McCoy 217 859 4.0 3
Murray 268 1354 5.1 7
Receiving
Name REC YDS AVG TD
Maclin 63 980 15.6 9
Bryant 63 879 14.0 10
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Barwin 12.5 38.0
Melton 5.0 18.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 50 39 11 0
Church 62 49 13 0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Jenkins 3 8
Church/McClain/Carter 2 11
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB FC BP
D. Jones 53 2313 61 43.6 37.0 23 6 12 0
C. Jones 39 1814 64 46.5 39.8 13 2 10 1
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Parkey 25 23 92.0% 54 39/39
Bailey 21 18 85.7% 56 34/34
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Polk 9 340 30.9 102 1
Harris 18 451 25.1 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 30 448 14.9 82 2 10
Harris 23 234 10.2 38 0 10
League Rankings
Offense Rankings
Team Overall Rushing Passing
Eagles 4 12 4
Cowboys 6 2 17
Defense Rankings
Team Overall Rushing Passing
Eagles 26 16 30
Cowboys 16 13 19
Connections
Eagles Quarterbacks Coach Bill Musgrave was selected by Dallas in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL Draft, but never appeared in a game for the Cowboys
Cowboys Offensive CoordinatoOffensive Line Coach Bill Callahan coached the Eagles offensive line from 1995-97
Cowboys Secondary Coach Jerome Henderson played a year in the Eagles secondary in 1995
Cowboys Assistant Director of Pro Scouting Judd Garrett was selected in the 12th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Eagles
Several Eagles coaches and players hail from the Lone Star State: Greg Austin (Cypress), Rick Minter (Nash), Ted Williams (Lyons), Quadrian Banks (Dallas), Emmanuel Acho (Dallas), James Casey (Azle), Nick Foles (Austin), Josh Huff (Houston), Lane Johnson (Groveton) & Jason Peters (Queen City)
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was born in Abington, PA, located 15 miles north of Philadelphia
Talking Points
The series between the two NFC East rivals began in 1960 as the Eagles defeated the Cowboys 27-25 at the Cotton Bowl
The Eagles have made five appearances on Thanksgiving Day in franchise history, winning all five contests by a total score of 111-34
The Cowboys are 29-16-1 on Thanksgiving, including 6-2 in the past 8 games.
With both Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles having thrown for 300+ yards in three-straight games in 2014, the Eagles became the first team since the 1995 49ers (Steve Young and Elvis Grbac) to have at two quarterbacks accomplish the feat
The last team to shut-out the Eagles were the Cowboys who did it on January 3rd, 2010.
Philadelphia has scored a return touchdown with 9 different players, which is tied for most in season in NFL history
Eagles
K Cody Parkey set a single-season franchise record last week after sucessfully kicking his 4th 50+ yard Field Goal.
WR Jeremy Maclin (980) needs 20 yards receiving to capture his first 1,000+ yard season, which would be the 23rd such season in team history
RB/PR Darren Sproles (448) needs 20 yards to pass Brian Mitchell (467 in 2001) and 42 yards to pass Larry Marshall (489 in 1977) for the fourth and third-most single-season punt return yards in Eagles history. Sproles (2) can become the Eagles Franchise leader in punt return touchdowns in a single season with his next return for a score
LB Connor Barwin (12.5) can tie Reggie White (14.0 in 1990 & 92) for the 10th-highest single-season sack total in Eagles history with 1.5 more sacks. With another 2+ sack game this year, he will become just the third Eagle in team history to have five such games in a single season, joining Reggie White (8 in 1987 and 6 in 1988) and Jason Babin (6 in 2011)
Cowboys
QB Tony Romo is 7-1 as starter on Thursdays (6-1 on Thanksgiving) with 108.2 rating. Romo has won in his last 3 starts against the Eagles with a 105.8 rating. The last time Romo had the Eagles in Texas he completed 22 of 27 for 303 yards and 3 touchdowns giving him a 150.5 rating.
RB Demarco Murray leads the NFL with1,354 rushing yards. In his last Thanksgiving start he managed to rush for 3 touchdowns.
WR Dez Bryant aims for his 5th game in a row with at least 1 touchdown, but he could make it 3 in a row with 2+ touchdowns. Over the last two Thanksgiving games he was able to record 15 catches for 206 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also has a touchdown in 7 of his last 9 home games.
I apologize for the lack of quality talking points this week. Short week didn't leave me much time to dig around.
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132+ Teams in 132+ Days: Texas A&M Aggies

The Fighting Texas Aggies of Texas A&M
SEC
"Howdy. I've got a little story for ya, Ags!" Traditional start to Midnight Yell.
Year Founded: 1876, the first public institution of higher education in Texas.
Location: College Station, Texas
Total Attendance: 53,337, with roughtly 40,000 being undergrads.
Live Mascot: The first Reveille came to Texas A&M in January 1931.
A group of cadets hit a small black and white dog on their way back from Navasota. They picked up the dog and brought her back to school so they could care for her. The next morning, when the bugler woke the students with the song "Reveille", the dog started barking. She was named after this morning wakeup call.
The following football season she was named the official mascot when she led the band onto the field during their half-time performance. When Reveille I died on January 18, 1944, she was given a formal military funeral on the gridiron of Kyle Field. She was then buried at the north entrance to the field, as all Reveilles are, facing the scoreboard so that she can always watch the Aggies outscore their opponent.
Reveille I, mut.
Rev II, a Shetland Sheepdog.
Rev VII, a Rough Collie, was aparently quite the player
Rev VIII, the current Rev, hanging out with Obama
When she dies, there is a special cemetery located outside the north endzone of Kyle Field that features it's own scoreboard so the Rev's can always keep up with the team.
Cheerleaders:
Why put the prettiest girls in school out on the track?
We choose to hang out with them in the stands.
In exchange we have Yell Leaders. (See Traditions for more info)
Stadium: Kyle Field and get ready, we're about to spend half a billion making Kyle much bigger.
Kyle Field is named after Edwin Kyle, an 1899 graduate of the school and a professor of Horticulture. At the time, the school didn't want to give money for a football field, so Prof Kyle fenced a part of his fields used for agriculture.
Using $650 of his own money, he purchased a covered grandstand and built wooden bleachers. The seating capacity was 500 people.
Kyle Field is currently the 13th largest football-only stadium in the NCAA, and next year the stadium should hold 109,000 and then we'll come back down to 102,500 to settle as the largest stadium in the SEC.
Football games have been played at the same location since 1904, and it was designated a football field in 1905. Permanent stadium construction began in 1927.
Stadium Location: Construction began last Monday on campus across from the Memorial Student Center.
• Texas A&M is the 18th all-time winningest program in Division 1 with 691 wins.
Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are both within 4 wins, so moving up on the list might happen in the near future.
Conference Champions (18): 1917, '19, '21, '25, '27, '39, '40, '41, '56, '67, '75, '85, 86, '87, '91, '92, '93, '98. Second most conference championships of the SWC.
Number of Bowl Games: (34) 15-19.
National Titles (3ish): 1939 AP National Champs; 1919 - undefeated, unscored on, 275-0 for the season; 1927 - Sagarin gave us a retroactive MNC on this one. We don't really claim it, either.
Rivals
Texas - While currently inactive, this is still the 3rd most played rivalry in CFB at 118 games played. Texas leads the series, but here is a little history to help keep perspective.
Until the late 1960's, A&M faced the most difficult recruiting impediment in CFB. We were all-male and all-military. The service academies were seen as being 'more legitimate' than A&M, and Texas, being co-ed without restrictions pulled in a lot more talent over the years, as you can imagine. It's quite amazing that A&M won at all, much less having come in 2nd in conference championships during that time.
In 1975, the Aggies finished the season in the Top 25 for the first time since opening up the campus, and in an epic win over Texas made the series dramatically more even. Since 1975, the Aggies lead the series 19-18 over the Longhorns.
Texas Tech - Mostly ignored by the Aggies during the SWC, it became heated when Mike Leach set his sights on A&M. Aggies lead the series 37-32-1.
Baylor - This rivalry was over-heated during the early days. Play was suspended for years after an A&M student was killed at a game in Waco, and other Aggies threatened to load up military gear and invade Waco.
Under Coach Fran, the Aggies gave Baylor their first conference win in the Big12. Aggies lead the series 68-31-9.
LSU - The Aggies have played the Tigers off-and-on since 1899, and with bordering states, shared recruiting territories, and starting next year, a Thanksgiving game, this series looks to be heating up quite nicely.
The Aggies are 7-2-1 at Kyle Field and 10-22-1 in Baton Rouge. Overall, the Tigers lead 28-20-3.
2013 Season
The Aggie faithful are excited. We've got a lot of returning talent, and coaches that proved their worth last season in the SEC. Plus our schedule is very nice ... you know, as far as SEC schedules featuring Alabama can be nice.
8/31 - Rice
9/7 - Sam Houston State
9/14 - Alabama
9/21 - SMU
9-28 - at Arkansas
10-12 - at Ole Miss
10-19 - Auburn
10-26 - Vanderbilt
11-2 - UTEP
11-9 - Mississippi State
11-23 - at LSU
11-30 - at Mizzou
The Greats
Greatest Games:
2012 Cotton Bowl. What? Not the Alabama game? After a turbulent transition from the Big12 to the SEC, beating the Big12 co-champion was the greatest way (outside of playing beating Texas) to cap off our move to the SEC. Beating Alabama in their house was nice, but Oklahoma was retribution for the Fran and Sherman years.
• 2002 - Aggies knock off #1 Oklahoma with new offensive coordinator Kevin Sumlin calling the shots.
• 1998 – A&M hands #3 Nebraska their first loss in almost 2 full years, then knocks off #2 Kansas State in the CCG.
• 1990 – - BYU's Heisman Trophy winner, Ty Detmer, has both shoulders separated against the Aggies in the Holiday Bowl. Warning, the first half of the footage is brutal.
Bo knows the Aggies. - - Auburn faced the Aggies in '86 in the Cotton Bowl after Bo Jackson won the Heisman. Watch at 3:20 when Bo gets three shots in a row at scoring from inside the 5 and walks off the field with a big bag of nothing.
• 1975 - You didn't think we'd go without a UT game here, did you? The 1975 season was the first season that A&M ended the year with a top 25 ranking, after going co-ed and ROTC-optional.
It also featured the highest ranked A&M and UT teams to ever play. The #2 Aggies knocked off Earl Campbell and the #5 Horns ushering in a new era of Aggie football.
• Honorable Mention: The '99 "Bonfire Game" against Texas. That was the last year A&M held bonfire on campus, as tragedy struck. 11 students and one former former student lost their lives in the accident leading up to the game against Texas.
In all my years at A&M, and in all the years following the team, I've only seen two visiting bands receive standing ovations from the Aggie fans. One was Rice's MOB back in the Southwest Conference days, and the other was the Longhorn band on that afternoon.
We were all Texans and friends that day, and not rivals.
• In case you want a solid history of our program, here are two fantastic videos of A&M football history, each about 12 minutes long:
Texas A&M history from 1894 to 1971
1971 through the end of the Big12.
Greatest Plays:
Aggies beat Texas in '88. Texas QB Brett Stafford tries to quiet the Aggie crowd, and it ends poorly.
• Quentin Coryatt lays down The Hit against . The recever's jaw is broken in three places.
Sirr Parker wraps up double OT and drives a nail into the heart of #2 Kansas State and ends Bill Snyder's best chance to get into a National Championship game.
Greatest Players:
College Hall of Fame players: Ray Childress, DT; Dave Elmendorf, S; Joel Hunt, QB; John Kimbrough, FB; Charlie Krueger, T; Jack Pardee, FB; Joe Routt, G; Gene Stallings, DB; Joe Utay, HB.
Heisman Winners: John David Crow and Johnny Manziel.
Honorable mention:
Bucky Richardson, local hero and QB.
Dat Nguyen, LB, Lombardi Award, Chuck Bednarik Award.
Shane Lechler, starter at punter and kicker, on the depth chart for linebacker and was the backup QB in '98, and currently has a Hall of Fame worthy NFL career is still going.
Luke Joeckel, Outland Award.
Randy Bullock, Lou Groza winner.
Von Miller, Butkus Award.
• A&M has had 22 Consessus All-Americans:
Sam Adams, DE; Marcus Buckley, LB; Randy Bullock, PK; Ray Childress, DT; John David Crow, RB; Dave Elmendorf, FS; Tony Franklin, PK; Aaron Glenn, DB; Johnny Holland, LB; Robert Jackson, LB; Luke Joeckel, OT; Darren Lewis, RB; Johnny Manziel, QB; Von Miller, DE/LB; Damontre Moore, DE; Dat Nguyen, LB; Marshall Robnett, OG; Joe Routt, OG; Ed Simonini, LB; Pat Thomas, CB, and John Kimbrough, RB was named consensus All-American in both '39 and '40.
Aggies in the NFL as of July 25:
Ben Bass, DE, Dallas Cowboys
Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears
Michael Bennett, DT, Seattle Seahawks
Red Bryant, DT, Seattle Seahawks
Randy Bullock, K, Houston Texans
Terrence Frederick, DB, New York Giants
Jeff Fuller, WR, Miami Dolphins
Cyrus Gray, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Goodson, RB, New York Jets
Danny Gorrer, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Geoff Hangartner, C, Carolina Panthers
Tony Jerod-Eddie, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Luke Joeckel, T, Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnny Jolly, DT, Green Bay Packers
Jorvorskie Lane, RB, Miami Dolphins
Shane Lechler, P, Houston Texans
Kevin Matthews, C, Washington Redskins
Jamie McCoy, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Stephen McGee, QB, Houston Texans
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos
Damontre Moore, DL, New York Giants
Don Muhlbach, LS, Detroit Lions
Spencer Nealy, DL, Minnesota Vikings
Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Houston Texans
Sean Porter, OLB, Cincinnati Bengals
Jordan Pugh, S, Washington Redskins
Lionel Smith, DB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jonathan Stewart, LB, St. Louis Rams
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Steven Terrell, DB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Thomas, OL, Miami Dolphins
Cody Wallace, C, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Greatest Coaches:
'Uncle Charlie' Moran ('09-'14) - coached Jim Thorpe in high school. Went 38-8-4 at A&M, and left to go to Centre College. He racked up a 42-6-1 record and a MNC there. He was also coaching Centre against A&M when the Aggie 12th Man tradition began.
Also was a National League umpire in 4 world series.
Dana X. Bible - Inducted into the College Hall of Fame in '51. Invented the T-formation. Led A&M to two undefeated, unscored on seasons.
Took a year off coaching to be a pilot during WWI.
Came back and coached the Aggies to a SWC conference championship in football, basketball and baseball in the same season. Left to go to Texas where he won 3 SWC championships and finished in the AP Poll 5 times in 10 years.
• Other coaches deserving credit: Hall of Fame coaches and their year of induction that were head coach at A&M include - Matty Bell, '55; Bear Bryant, '86; Homer Norton, '71; Gene Stallings, 2010; R.C. Slocum, 2012.
Former Aggie players who are current coaches:
Dennis Allen, head coach, Oakland Raiders
Gary Kubiak, head coach, Houston Texans
Dan Campbell, tight ends, Miami Dolphins
Kyle Caskey, offensive QC Cincinnati Bengals
Jerry Fontenot, assistant offensive line coach, Green Bay Packers
Kirk Parrirsh, college scouting coordinator, Seattle Seahawks
Shawn Slocum, special teams coordinator, Green Bay Packers.
Traditions
I've included both a short version and a link to some of our most interesting traditions. I know I've skipped more than a few, but this is a good start.
Yell Leaders – A&M was an all-male school, but often times girls from a local women's college would get bussed in. Some seniors thought it would be funny to haze the freshmen in front of the women.
So they made a group of freshmen put on janitor's clothing and stand out on the track and be stupid.
But after the game something amazing happened. Those freshmen all had no problems getting dates.
The next week it was Seniors out there with the overalls on.
100 years later, and it's two juniors and three seniors. Each year there is a campus-wide election, and Yell Leader vote is dramatically more important to the average student than class president or any of the other boring votes.
Why do we keep the Yell Leaders instead of switching to cheerleaders? When a 'cheer leader' does a cheer of more than 4 sylables, guys gawk at them and girls ignore them. When a Yell Leader leads a yell, any yell, 30,000+ fans raise their voices to chant along.
The Yells - There are a bunch of them, and if you go to any Aggie Yell Practice or game, you'll most likely hear all of 'em. In order to do a yell correctly, you have to 'hump it.' See below.
• [The Spirit and the War Hymn] - Other schools have a school song and a fight song. The Aggies have The Spirit of Aggie Land and The War Hymn
There has been much controversy at ESPN and newspapers outside of Texas A&M over the lyrics of both songs.
The ending of the Spirit has been officially changed from "We are the Aggies / the Aggies are we / We're from Texas AMC" to "We are the Aggies / the Aggies so true / We're from Texas AMU" to designate that we are no longer Texas A&M college.
The media has also called for A&M to change the War Hymn as Texas is no longer playing us in any sport.
Lyrics feature, "'the eyes of Texas are upon you' / That is the song they sing so well / Sounds Like Hell / So good bye to Texas University / We're gonna beat you all to ...
After which is the most striking part of the Hymn, when fans put their arms around the people next to them and 'saw' while singing "Saw Varsity's horns off" and "Varsity's horns are sawed off."
This is, of course, in reference to the Texas mascot that was known simply as Varsity before they changed it to Bevo.
As for the "controversy", all Aggies have completely ignored it and we are unanamous in sticking with our traditional songs.
Gig 'em - Rather than end a conversation with "goodbye", many conversations between Aggies end with "gig 'em", usually accompanied by a thumbs up. This tradition began at a 1930 Midnight Yell Practice held before the football game against .
In an attempt to excite the crowd, Pinky Downs, a 1906 Texas A&M graduate and member of the school's Board of Regents, asked "What are we going to do to those Horned Frogs?" Using a term for frog hunting, he answered his own question, "Gig 'em, Aggies!"
For emphasis, he made a fist with the thumb extended. The phrase and hand signal proved popular, and it became the first hand sign of the Southwest Conference. All 12 schools evenutally adopted hand signs of their own.
The 12th Manhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12th_Man_(football) - A&M is playing Centre College, one of the most dominant programs of the era. So many Aggies are injured that a former player, E. King Gill, is called out of the stands.
Gill jumped into an injured player's jersey and stood ready to help the team if they needed him. Now all 30,000 plus students stand ready through every game to go help the Aggies if the coach calls.
Midnight Yell - Where else would you want to be at midnight on Friday before a game but with 30,000 fans hanging out at the stadium. For road games we normally find a bar to crash with the travelling fans.
Aggies go through all the yells, and listen to very well thought out stories and anectdotes by the Yell Leaders decipher the somewhat humerous jokes made by the (we're almost positive) not drunk Yell Leaders.
This is open to any one, including fans of opposing schools and curious onlookers ... unless you force us to block you out.
Hump it - Look again at the picture for Midnight Yell. Those fans are all leaning over with their hands on their knees in the middle of a yell. Why? Because you can yell louder when you lean over.
Aggies Hump it for all Yells, and during crunch time, you'll see plenty of Aggies in the stands humping it while screaming.
Howdy - The traditional way to start every speech to Aggies. If you say Howdy, normally the crowd will respond with "Howdy" back to you. You will also hear the word Howdy more times per day on our campus than anywhere else in the world. It's our greeting and we use it. A lot.
Parson's Mounted Calvalry and the Spirit of '02 - a 1902 Howitzer that we fire off on kickoffs and scores at football games. We found it in a ravine while chopping wood for Bonfire. You never let good military hardware go to waste.
Corps of Cadets - Once mandatory at A&M, the Corps is much smaller than it was back in the 60s. During WWII, A&M put more servicemen into the armed forces than any other school, including West Point.
A&M still produces more officers than any university, except for the service academies. 42% of Corps members receive a commission in the US Armed Forces.
The Fighting Texas Aggie Band. - Texas A&M features a military style marching band. They are fantastic. Especially if you are used to the standard 'show bands' that everyone has. Click the link and see some of their performances.
The FTAB is part of the the Corps. I doubt there is an Aggie who graduated in the last 40 years that doesn't get a chill when they hear, "Now forming at the North end of Kyle Field ... "
Remember the part of the 12th Man tradition where I said the students stand for the whole football game? They stand for the FTAB, too. Even when the temperature is well above 100 degrees, the Aggie students will stay standing for everything except the opposing team's band.
Century Tree- Want to propose on campus? We've got a tree for that. All Aggies grab a kiss under this tree at some point in their time at A&M.
Elephant Walk - Elephant Walk marks the end of the usefulness of the Aggie seniors to the student body. Like dying elephants, which wander the jungle looking for a place to die after their value to the herd is over, thousands of seniors will join hands and wander aimlessly about campus visiting landmarks for the symbolic "last time."
This happens after the last home football game becaues the other sports don't matter.
Reveille - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reveille_(dog) - She really is the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets.
She goes to classes with Corps members, where if she barks, you stand a good chance of the prof cancelling the class for the day.
She has her own bed, and the right to take over the bed of any Corps member on campus.
The grass at the MSC. The Memorial Student Center building and the grounds around it is a tribute to our servicemen around the world. If you are in the MSC, you are asked to take off your hat, and if you are around the MSC, you are asked to not stand on the grass.
The MSC also features the Medals of Honor won by seven former students.
Aggie ring - Many schools have rings, but for Aggies this it the most visible way for graduates of Texas A&M to recognize each other. The Aggie Ring is worn by current and former students, and may be used to distinguish seniors from other students on campus.
The first Aggie Ring was designed by E. C. Jonas in 1894, and the design has remained relatively unchanged since; the only major change came when the school's name was changed from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas to Texas A&M University in 1963.
Ring dunking - After receiving your Aggie Ring, you aren't really entitled to wear it until you've dunked it, normally in a pitcher of beer. From the time you put it in, your friends will time how long it takes to get it out, so you get to chug beer and try to catch the ring in your teeth.
As a member of the Class of '97, I had 97 seconds to get it out. Kids these days are pushing 113 seconds. Way too easy.
I've seen people 'dunk' their rings in a super sized banana splits and drink them out of non-alcoholic drinks, and I've seen them drain a pitcher in under 15 seconds. My wife ('99) and I both finished ours in under a minute and a half. It was nerve wracking, but well worth it. We still have the pitchers.
Bonfire - I was kind of hoping that someone else would write this section. I helped build three bonfire's at A&M and there is nothing like it. Thousands of students going out into the woods, doing heavy labor and realizing the rewards right before the Texas game.
It fostered huge competitions between the residents halls over the 3-4 months of work. It brought out tens of thousands of folks before the big rivalry game. It was simply epic, and I miss it a lot.
My freshman year, the BCS Eagle, the local paper, estimated the crowd at over 100,000 people. The next year when the game was held in Austin, there were still over 60,000 people at Bonfire on A&M's campus.
The tradegy that ended bonfire was impossibly awful. As a person who had climbed the stacks for years, I know how and why things went wrong, but I'll never understand it. It should not have happened, and my heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones.
Wrecking Crew – Once the name of the highly respected and feared Aggie defense, Coach Fran removed the monicar and told the team to 'win it back.' What he forgot to do was teach them to play defense. As the defense gets better the name comes out more often, and soon the Aggie D will leave the field to chants of Wrecking Crew again.
Aggie Terminology Yes, we have a glossary of terms that every Aggie knows and uses on a pretty regular basis. Except for the 'two percenters'. Have you ever heard an Aggie 'Whoop'? That's a privilege held for only the juniors, seniors and graduates. Catch a 'Fish' 'Pulling Out' and you can make them 'Push'. (for explinations, read the terms in the links)
Fish Pond - When the Aggies win a home football game, the freshmen in the Corps of Cadets chase the Yell Leaders around Kyle Field, and, once they are captured, carry them across campus and toss them into Fish Pond, a fountain full of very cold water. And yes, in '93 it snowed during the Texas game and the Yell Leaders were still given a nice bath after the win. The freshmen dunking is what gives 'Fish Pond' it's name, as no fish live in the water.
Fish Drill Team - The award winning drill team can often be found practicing in the Quad by the Corps dorms. The team was featured during the opening credits to A Few Good Men, linked here. They are pretty amazing to watch.
Fish Camp - The summer before a students' freshman year, the 'Fish' are invited to a 4 day camp in Palestine, Texas where they learn the Aggie Tradtions and Yells.
Fish Camp features over 900 counselors, if that give you an idea of how big it is.
Texas A&M has a pair of extraordinary traditions. I've tried to capture the spirit, but I'd invite each of you to join with us any time to see these live.
Silver Taps - On the first Tuesday of any month, if an undergrad or graduate student has passed away, there will be a small card with the deceased students name, class, major, and date of birth placed on the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross in the Academic Plaza.
That night, lights are turned off all over campus, and at 10:15, students and family members will gather silently around the statue. Shortly there after, the Ross Volunteers will march in, stand at attention, then fire three rifle volleys, breaking the silence.
Then Silver Taps, a special version of Taps, is played three times from the top of the Academic Building ... once to the north, south, and west. It is not played to the east to signify that sun will never rise on that Aggie again. After the buglers play, the students silently return to their homes.
I can not properly put into words how striking this ceremony is.
My freshman year, as Silver Taps slowely faded away, the silence was broken by a mother who had cried quietly during the ceremony. She softly said, "Thank you" in the darkness to the faceless people gathered, in a voice wracked with tears, and I doubt any of us left with dry eyes.
Muster - Muster is the tradition that forever unites the Aggies past with Aggies present. It is Texas A&M's most solemn and most visible tradition.
Muster was first held on June 26, 1883, and it's been held on San Jacinto Day, April 21st, since 1903. This is a day where former students of Texas A&M gathered together to '... live over again our college days, the victories and defeats won and lost upon drill ground and classroom. Let every alumnus answer a roll call.'
No matter where Aggies are, whether it is two or three, or the thousands who gather on the Texas A&M campus, they find other Aggies to celebrate the day. Each year there are 300-400 musters held around the world.
And it is a celebration. While the ceremony is moving and reminds you of the lives lost, the day full of activities, including a 50 year reunion spot light, Camaraderie Barbecue, and campus tours shows off the life of the students, current and past.
At each Muster ceremony a speaker will be followed by the 'Roll Call For The Absent.' Names of those from that area who have died in the past year will be read, and as each name is called, a family member or friend will answer 'Here' to show that Aggie is present in spirit, and a candle will be lit.
Following the candle-lighting ceremony in Reed Arena, a rifle volley is fired and then Silver Taps is played.
During World War II, Aggies and other servicemen held Muster at Corregidor, the last American stronghold in the Pacific before the island was overrun by the Japanese. Only 12 Aggies survived the battle, the death march and ensuing POW camps.
Campus and Surrounding Area
The campus of Texas A&M University, also known as Aggieland, is situated in College Station, Texas. Aggieland is centrally located within 200 miles of three of the 10 largest cities in the United States and 75% of the Texas and Louisiana populations.
Bryan-College Station area population: 228,660
City Skyline and other places
Iconic Campus Building:
Kyle Field dominates the 5,200 acre campus, but some other building include:
The Systems Building welcomes visitors to our campus
Rudder Tower named after James Earl Rudder who led one of the most daring raids in the Normandy Invasion during WWII scaling a 100 foot cliff under enemy fire to destroy German gun batteries. He was also the 16th President of Texas A&M.
George Bush Presidential Library - Former President George Bush, the older one, has his presidential library on campus. It features tons of history on his presidency and an apartment for him to stay in upstairs when he is visiting.
Which is good, as he makes it to many A&M football games. He even led the team onto Kyle Field once.
The Academic Building stands behind the statue of Lawrence Sullivan Ross who turned down a third term as governor of Texas to be A&M's president. He actively fought for A&M, literally and figuratively. If you need a little luck, drop a penny on his statue.
• The O&M building was once the tallest building between Houston, Dallas and Austin. Many aggies take Astronomy simply so they get to hang out on the top floor.
Sbisa Dining Hall - once the largest dining hall in the world, A&M and Air Force spent much of the last century fighting over the rights to the who's was larger. Sbisa was named after Bernard Sbisa who only missed cooking one meal in 50 years for the Aggies. That breakfast was on Nov. 11, 1911 when the campus burned down, including the mess hall, kitchens and his own home. Lunch that day was served on time.
Local Dining:
If you come to College Station, don't you dare leave before spending some time at Northgate. Since 1930 (8 years before College Station was incorporated) this has been the traditional place for students to relax across the street from campus.
Northgate is College Stations premier bar district located along the Northwest edge of campus across University St. Most places are open until 2am and are open to 18+ with some 21+ exceptions.
Many Texas Country musicians got their start in Northgate, including Aggie legends Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Dub Miller, and Roger Creager.
Northgate
Some favorites include:
The Dixie Chicken - The Dixie Chicken, also known as The Chicken, has been "College Station's most famous watering hole since 1974," and is notable for its role in Texas A&M University tradition.
"Nationally known," the Dixie Chicken claims to serve the most beer per square foot of any bar in the United States.
The tradition of Ring Dunking started at the Chicken. If you do visit The Chicken, you should take the opportunity to learn Texas 42. It's essentially spades with dominos and a ton of fun.
Dry Bean Saloon - Shot bar next to The Chicken. Order favorites like the Angry Japanese Minnow Farmer.
The Corne Rooftop - It's been a while since I've been, but this place was always one of the favorites, mostly for the multiple floors, large bars, and rooftop atmosphere/ view.
Logan's - If you're 21+ and don't wants teens around this is one of the few options. Solid bar with giant 36 oz chuggers. Looks like $4 is what they'll cost you now, but I could swear there were nights they were $2.
O'bannon's Taphouse - If you're a beer connoisseur this is your spot. They have over 100 beers on tap, and a beer tour card. Filling with the 100+ beers takes weeks and give you mad street cred. And a drinking problem.
HOOKAH STATION!!! GATSBY'S!!! V-BAR!!! - The places Johnny famously frequents. The scooby doo shots were definitely in one of the latter two.
There are many more, but those will get you started. Watch the door for 5 minutes and you'll be able to tell exactly what kind of crowd frequents each.
Late Night Snacks
Antonio's - Incredibly diverse selection of Pizzas that are pretty perfect around 2am. The line will be out the door and down the street, so get there at 1:30 if you really want some. Worth the wait.
Fuego - Delicious alternative to Taco Cabana that popped up in the last few years. It's pricer, but the quality is head and shoulders above.
Breakfast
Hullabaloo - Diner a ways out east of town down wellborn.
Los Norteños - Downtown Bryan taco place. Tacos better described as burritos they barely fit on the already large plates.
Brunch / Lunch
Layne's - Heard of Raising Cane's? It's that, but with better sauce, actual Texas Toast, and better fries. Plus it's half the price.
Freebirds - Oh my god I wish they had these where I live. Chipotle is dogshit compared to a good bird. I've put back multiple Super Monsters in my time.
Koppe Bridge - Great Burgers. Enough Said.
La Bodega - Shakers and Queso is all you need, but the rest of their food is good too.
Dinner
Cafe Eccel - Across from La Bodega. Solid food if you want to get a little fancier.
Christopher's - Kinda out of the way, but great if you want to get real fancy.
This is in no way an all inclusive list. I have no doubt many more recently in CS Aggies will fill it out further in the comments.
Random Trivia
A&M currently has the most current students attend each game. Season tickets cost $225 for just football, or $350 for all sports. A normal football game will feature 30,000+ students in the stands.
A&M won 79.8% of their games during the 1910's, including two undefeated, unscored on seasons.
Kyle field opened in 1904, making it the SEC's oldest field. After renovations, it will be the largest stadium in the SEC at 102,500 seats. Next year, during construction, it will hold 109,000 fans for the year.
On Nov. 24, 1921 the A&M vs. Texas game was broadcast in real time by morse code. This was the first play-by-play broadcast in history.
There is also plenty of rivalry between A&M and UTx off the field as well.
The opening scene of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is the Aggie football team beating the Longhorns and being rewarded with a visit to the women of the night.
Students that went to A&M for one year, then transferred elsewhere: T. Boone Pickens, Tennessee's General Robert Neyland, and the LA Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.
Lots of famous folks have come from A&M but the head of the list is professor Norman Borlaug. The 'Man who saved a Billion lives' is one of seven people to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.
What Is and What is to Come
Here we go with year 2 in the SEC, and the Aggie faithful have a lot to be excited about.
Our schedule has 8 home games, including Alabama at Kyle Field.
On offense, our O-Line should be just as good as last year, if not better, despite losing Outland Trophy winner Luke Joeckel.
We return outstanding tackle Jake Matthews who will move to left tackle, and Cedric Ogbuehi will take right tackle which is his natural position. We also have Mike Matthews (Jake's brother) stepping in at center.
Germain Ifedi and Jarvis Harrison will fill out the guard positions. All of them have a lot of experience from last year.
At running back, we have size, speed, power and blocking. We have hungry backs that want to play. Possibly the most talented backfield in the NCAA this year.
To catch the ball we have tall, strong, fast receivers all over the place. Mike Evans returns after a stunning freshman year. Freshman Ricky Seals-Jones (RSJ) will join Cam Clear to give us a normal receiving package including three receivers over 6'4”. All of them can run, and they might all be lining up on the same side just to screw with defenses.
In a press conference last week, Coach Sumlin said RSJ is 6'5" and 245 lbs. They did a body fat analysis and realized that he is carring the minimum amount of fat the trainers will allow. That's all muscle.
And we have Johnny Manziel. No matter what you think you know about him, the kid can play football.
On defense, we have a lot of new faces, including some true freshmen that should be playing plenty this year. Of course, last year we thought our D would be terrible and it came out plenty okay, so there is hope!
Overtime
Heisie, there isn't enough about me here! WTF?
I'm a statue, Johnny. This is all in your head.
More Information
Subreddit: /Aggies
Contributors: FarwellRob, Thrav, Theyus, laminak
And finally, my thanks to the many good Ags that have helped put this together.
There is a traditional saying at A&M: From the outside looking in, you can't understand it; and from the inside looking out, you can't explain it.
I've done my best to capture A&M and what we feel is special about Aggieland ... but I'm going to bet I've missed a few things.
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