Cowboys and Eagles have more at stake than just the game

Cowboys and Eagles have more at stake than just the game

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys greets Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles after a game at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Romo suffered a hand injury during the first quarter of play against the Eagles. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)



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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 11:49 PM

IRVING -- There's a lot at stake for both the Cowboys and the Eagles at Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

For starters, both quarterbacks have failed to meet expectations.

Statistically, Tony Romo is en route to one of his worst seasons ever, as is Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. The Philadelphia signal caller is on the hot seat to win or he may be out as the starter.

"You almost have to be perfect on every drive, and y'know, it’s very frustrating, but we just have to keep pushing forward," Vick said.

The Cowboys quarterback had a similar message.

"We need to make the plays when they're available," Romo said. "We just need to do things that allow us to be successful."

So how do they stack up?

Romo has turned the ball over 15 times, Vick 14. Romo has a quarterback rating of 82.2, while Vick stands at 77.7. Both offensive lines are struggling, but Romo has only been sacked 14 times, compared to Vick's 27.

Romo said their struggles aren't similar at all.

"Nah, just two different teams, two different stuff going on," Romo said. "I think for us, we just need to figure out a way to get a win and start getting things rolling."

The Eagles quarterback put pressure on himself.

"I want to put my team in position to win, and I take full responsibility for that being the quarterback of this football team," Vick said.

Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett pointed to the offensive line failing in Philadelphia for Vick's sub-par first half of the year.

"[Vick has] certainly gotten sacked a lot," Garrett said. "He's just such an explosive athlete and such an electrifying player."

Former Cowboys head coach and Fox analyst Jimmy Johnson said that Sunday's game could decide the future of either Jason Garrett or Andy Reid. Those sentiments are not shared by the Dallas front office.

"Absolutely not," said Cowboys Vice President and Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones. "I won't even comment on that. Period! That's ridiculous!"

Ridiculous or not, if the Cowboys lose to a bad Philadelphia team, things in Dallas will get a lot worse for the coaches and the players.