Dallas Cowboys Always Superior To Philly Eagles


Make no mistake about it: The Dallas Cowboys are a superior team to the Philadelphia Eagles. The same can be said of both respective fan bases as well.

It seems like every year there’s something new that seems to fuel this rivalry, easily among the top-three most bitter in the NFL. You didn’t think it was Chicago vs. Green Bay or Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore, did you?

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Nowhere else do you get the type of electricity and anticipation that the Eagles and Cowboys bring to the table.

When these teams meet, it has the feel of a great high school football rivalry, kind of like Odessa Permian and Midland Lee high schools in west Texas. In the college ranks, it feels like Alabama and Auburn, or perhaps Florida State and Miami.

No, the Cowboys and Eagles aren’t intrastate like those other pairings, a distinction that makes for a sibling rivalry of sorts.

These are simply two cities that, for whatever reasons, simply don’t like each other.

In contrast to most great rivalries, there’s some odd differences in this one, however.

Unlike those other match ups which draw so much attention, this particular NFL clash is quite one-sided. There isn’t as much of a clash of legacies as there is bitter jealousy on one side – specifically, “pine green” envy emanating from the City of Brotherly Love.

As of right now, the Cowboys hold an all-time record of 60-48 against those friendly birds from Pennsylvania. Perhaps even more irritating for Eagles fans is that 3-1 record that Dallas holds over the Iggles in the postseason.

Sure, that one Eagles win over Dallas in the playoffs came in early 1981 at old, decrepit, now-demolished Veterans Stadium in a frigid NFC Championship game that sent the Eagles to their first Super Bowl against the Oakland Raiders. It didn’t end up mattering a whole lot since the “Men In Black” took Super Bowl XV at the Louisiana Superdome by a score of 27-10.

At the time, Dallas had – count ’em – five trips to the Super Bowl and a couple of Lombardi Trophies already in the trophy cabinet.

Yes, Philly started off great against Dallas back in the early 1960s. The Eagles won five of the first six meetings from 1960-1963. Philadelphia would win 10 of the first 14 games from ’60 through 1967 – but then things changed, a lot.

From the second matchup in ’67 all the way to the second meeting in 1978, a span of 23 head-to-heads, the Cowboys would win a ridiculous 21 games. That run included series-best win streaks of 11 and nine.

Philly managed to win eight straight games during the late 1980s and early 1990s, but that streak simply led to another seven-game win streak for the Cowboys that happened to include a playoff win against the Eagles at Texas Stadium, which catapulted Dallas to yet another Super Bowl win – this was the franchise’s third win in six tries.

The Eagles managed to snap the streak in 1995, but then lost to the Cowboys for the second time in just four seasons at Texas Stadium in the playoffs, which led to yet another Super Bowl win, that one being Dallas’ fifth Lombardi Trophy in eight tries.

At that point, the Eagles still only had the lone Super Bowl loss to the Raiders in ’81.

See what I mean by lopsided?

Then came Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb as a new century of frustration kicked off for the Eagles.

Philly managed to win nine of 10 against the Cowboys to launch the post-Troy Aikman era, a “golden age” which saw the Eagles advance to three consecutive NFC Championship Games from 2001-03 and also a trip to another Super Bowl.

Well, just as “The Italian Stallion” failed to beat Apollo Creed in the 1976 film Rocky, the Eagles fell short of beating the cheatin’ New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium in Jacksoneville, Florida.

Speaking of Rocky, check out these comments from Chris Chase of USA Today just this week when profiling the most depressing teams and their fans:

"Eagles fans mistakenly believe they’re on the same level as current greats in New England, Green Bay and Denver and past champions such as the Redskins, Giants and 49ers. In fact, they are neither. They are ringless football fans who adore a movie about their city in which — how’s this for metaphorical? — their hero loses in the final fight."

Yes, the Eagles ranked No.1 in this honorable listing, with our “beloved” Washington Redskins coming in at No.2.

Then, at the end of July, it was reported by numerous outlets that Eagles fans wanted to raise money to fly a banner over the Cowboys’ Blue and White scrimmage that read, “ We Got DeMarco,” as in running back DeMarco Murray, who enjoyed a career season last year with the Cowboys before bolting earlier this year to Philadelphia via free agency – obviously nobody else was interested, including Dallas.


Immediately thereafter, Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy kick-started his own campaign to fly a banner over Eagles training camp that read, “We Still Dem Boyz #SacksComing.”

In the aftermath of the Sunday flyover at Lincoln Financial Stadium during Philly’s military day, it’s been suggested that the move was – wait for this – disrespectful.


If it was a military celebration at The Linc and the job of the armed forces is to protect the United States of America, what’s disrespectful about flying a banner over the field sponsored by America’s Team?

I don’t get it.

Actually, I do get it.

Boys will be Boys – and Eagles will be Eagles. One wins championships, re-arms and wins more while the other boos Santa Claus and casts bounties on former Philly kickers.

What does this franchise in Philadelphia really expect?

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