One of the most hotly contested rivalries in the National Football League goes live online as the Dallas Cowboys watch the Philadelphia Eagles come into their house in Arlington, Texas, looking to inflict a sixth straight defeat on the reeling Cowboys — and possibly take over first place in the NFC East, if the division-leading New York Giants lose, rather improbably, in Tampa Bay.
But while the Eagles have a chance to turn their so-far difficult season around, the Cowboys remain dogged by misfortune — most recently of their own making, in the form of defensive lineman Greg Hardy.
Hardy’s 10-game suspension by the NFL for a shocking domestic violence incident was reduced to just four by an arbitrator, and the Dallas Cowboys signed the undeniably talented Hardy to a one-year deal amid intense criticism.
Despite a series of controversial remarks and a sideline incident in which Hardy appeared to physically attack a Cowboys’ assistant coach, team owner Jerry Jones continued to stand by Hardy.
But this week the release by the sports news site Deadspin of 48 police photos showing injuries to Hardy’s victim in the domestic assault brought another round of condemnation and even provoked the closest thing to an apology for the incident that Hardy has yet issued, as he took to Twitter to express “regret” for “what happened in the past.”
Just had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past and I’m Dedicated to being the best person & teammate that I can be
— Kraken&theNightmares (@OverlordKraken) November 8, 2015
Nonetheless, Jones continued to support Hardy and the lineman is expected to be on the field when the Eagles come to AT&T Stadium Sunday night.
Though Jones has referred to the volatile Hardy as a “leader” on the Cowboys, his presence has done nothing for the team in win column, as the Cowboys have lost all three games in which he has appeared, falling to the New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks in succession.
To find out how to watch the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Sunday Night Football game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central Time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sunday, November 8 — 8:30 Eastern Time, 5:30 Pacific.
The Cowboys will also see the return of their former standout running back Demarco Murray, who left the team as a free agent after last season to sign with Philadelphia. But Murray has been a huge disappointment so far for the Eagles, rushing for just 51.2 yards per game, about 40 percent below his career average, and less than half of his NFL-leading 115.3 per game from last season.
The Sunday Night Football game will be the Eagles and Cowboys second and final meeting of the season — the 2015 regular season, anyway — and the Eagles are looking to even the score. The Cowboys prevailed in Week Two, 20-10 in the last game started by regular Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, who left that game with a broken collarbone.
That victory over the Eagles was also the last time that Dallas won a game.
The Eagles are coming off their bye week, following a 27-16 loss to the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
The Cowboys-Eagles rivalry extends back to 1960, and since then the teams have faced each other 113 times, with Dallas winning 64 and Philadelphia 49. The Cowboys have won both of the last two installments of the rivalry series, and five of the last seven.
Watch a preview of the game from the Dallas-based Time-Warner Cable football program D210TV in the video at the top of this page.
Will the Philadelphia Eagles find a way to win on the road against their greatest traditional rivals, and keep pace with the NFC East leading New York Giants? Or will the Dallas Cowboys snap their five-game tailspin to gain ground of their own in the NFC East and rekindle their playoff aspirations? To find out, watch the Philadelphia Eagles Vs. Dallas Cowboys Live Online, on NFL 2015 Sunday Night Football, via NBC Sports Live Extra, by clicking on this link.
Streaming video of the Eagles vs. Cowboys will also be available on tablet computers by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app, as well as on set-top devices such as the Roku and Apple TV. Due to contractual agreements, streaming NFL football games are not available on smartphones.
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