It’s rivalry week between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. But this week, it’s even bigger than that. The winner will secure first place in the NFC East. However, since the two teams don’t like one another, you can believe that the waves of trash talk have begun. Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill has begun dissing the Cowboys, referring to a certain quality he believes they have.
“I mean, you look at Dallas’ history, they always choke,” Grugier-Hill told NBC Philadelphia (via ESPN’s Tim McManus). “So we’ll go down there and make them choke.”
Philly has won their last two games to propel them back into the thick of the NFC East title race. But a win over the 7-5 Cowboys would tie them atop the division. However, they did drop the first meeting at home — 27-20 — that would kick-start their rival’s four-game winning streak.
Heading into the game, betting lines favor the Cowboys by 3.5 points to beat Philadelphia at home. Still, not everybody is taking this stance. Carson Wentz has his own take on things.
“I don’t want to dive into that at all,” Wentz added. “(We have) respect for that team and what they are doing this year. We watch a ton of their defense. They do a lot of things well. They fly around and they make it tough on offenses. I don’t want to dive into that. I just wanna say personally and as a team, we have a lot of respect for them and we are excited for this one.”
Well that’s one way of doing things. Of course, there might be a method to his madness as well. The teams are going to talk regardless.
“I try not to make any game bigger than another game. That’s the approach we all have. We don’t treat it any differently.”
Under head coach Doug Pederson, The Eagles are an underwhelming 2-3 against Dallas. On Thursday, Pederson was asked about Grugier-Hill’s comments. And specifically, whether they’ll serve as bulletin-board material for Dallas.
“It already is, isn’t it?” Pederson told reporters. “Listen, I have a ton of respect for Jason Garrett and the Dallas org. I mean, this has always been a great rivalry. I played in this game before as a player, so I know what it’s all about. And listen, it’s going to be a good football game. … I think it’s already bulletin-board material, so we’re well past that.”
He’s not wrong. Sunday afternoon is going to be huge.