Eagle Preps: Cowboys Get Ready for Crucial Showdown

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Jason Witten (#82) and the Dallas Cowboys will try to avoid their first six-game losing streak since 1989.

Jason Witten (#82) and the Dallas Cowboys will try to avoid their first six-game losing streak since 1989.

VALLEY RANCH, TX — A lot has changed since the Cowboys and Eagles squared off in week two of this season.

That day up in Philly the Boys took the field with Tony Romo, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but no Dez. Well, Dez should be on the field this week, but the other three guys won’t!

“Really, that’s just the nature of the National Football League,” said head coach Jason Garrett when asked about the drastic lineup differences between the two games.

That Week 2 game against the Eagles was, of course, the day Dallas lost Romo, but it was also the last time they won a game!

They’re going to try to snap the five-game skid when DeMarco Murray makes his homecoming Sunday.

Speaking of skids, the change in jersey color hasn’t been kind to DeMarco. After seven games, he has just 307 rushing yards. To put that into perspective, last year the rushing champ had more yards than that by the 2nd quarter of week three!

“His work load is less than it was here last year, obviously,” said Garrett about his old running back. “But when he gets his chances he does a really nice job.”

Well, reunions and rivalries aside, the Boys know there are long overdue for a win if they want to keep this season alive.

“Ultimately, we have lost five in a row and we have to play better football,” said tight end Jason Witten. “I think we are doing a lot of good things, [but] there’s a lot of stuff we can do better. We need to do that now. The urgency and the time is now for that.”

The urgency is definitely apparent because by Sunday night, it might not matter whether Tony Romo comes back this season or not.