By William Weaver
The Eagles didn’t shut down DeMarco Murray when they beat the stuffing out of the turkey Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
But they did it better than any other NFL has done this year, holding him to 73 yards, way below his average.
And stopping Murray will again be a key for the Eagles in their bid to regain sole possession of the NFC East lead on Sunday night at the Linc..
The Eagles defenders do not lack for confidence in their abilty to contain Murray in Sunday’s game at Lincoln Financial Field.
Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox told NJ.com: “They can come out and run quarterback power, zone read, they can run whatever they want to run. We’re not going to let them run the ball.
“We’ve shown it. We showed it when we played them two weeks ago. We don’t want to be like any other defense. The conversation in our room is ‘don’t let their running back rush for over 100 yards. Keep him under 100. We don’t care how many carries he gets, we just want to keep him under 100 yards. We won’t change nothing, as a defense. We’ll be the most physical team on Sunday. We won’t let them run the football on us.”
Eagles defensive back Nolan Carroll: “We know we’re going to be able to stop the run. We have a great front-four. Once we’re able to do that, we know they’ll start passing the ball. After that it comes down to executing whatever calls are being played, going out there and having fun.”
If confidence is the key to stopping Murray, Dallas has a problem.