By Jeff Warren:
Every week the Eagles have played during this regular-season, I have written five expectations heading into each game. This week, I have only one.
The Philadelphia Eagles play the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday down in Texas. Frankly, this game actually means more than just a division game and a hopeful win for the Eagles that would put them at 4-4. Gruesome abuse photos were released this week of Nicole Holder, the ex-girlfriend of Cowboys “leader” Greg Hardy, that were allegedly taken shortly after the domestic incident (Hardy had been playing for the Carolina Panthers at the time). Many of us have seen these photos, and were left in utter disbelief and genuine outrage. While we heard about and followed this case months ago, the visual of the pictures made it real in our minds.
And that is why my expectation for the Eagles this week is, quite simply, a win. An Eagles victory will put this awful Dallas Cowboys organization at 2-6 for the season, essentially ending playoff possibilities for them.
My expectation and wanting a Dallas Cowboys loss doesn’t just reflect my dislike for this Eagles division rival. It goes much deeper than that. It’s because of this Greg Hardy situation. It’s because a NFL team owner like Jerry Jones can embrace a man of this type of character so nonchalantly. It’s because the majority of the “Cowboys Nation” fan base would prefer to defend and root for this despicable player over social media, hoping he accumulates sacks, instead of criticizing their favorite team’s ownership for signing and keeping this animal of a human on their roster.
The Josh Innes Show on WIP started a “Go Fund Me” campaign where the proceeds will be given to the Genesis Women’s Shelter whose mission is to provide support, shelter, safety, and counseling to abused women and children. Why? Because no one in the Dallas area would stand up and make a statement. This is a statement against Greg Hardy, the Dallas Cowboys, and the need to stand up to this type of horrific behavior that some NFL teams continue to accept – mainly the Cowboys. I’m proud that The Philadelphia Sports Table podcast show gave a donation like countless other Philly sports fans.
An Eagles win can and would truly bring home the concept and idea of karma. The Cowboys and Jerry Jones’s front office knew what they were getting when they signed Hardy before the start of the season. They knew his abusive character and just didn’t care as they’ve done with other players in the past. They’re despicable for it. I’m expecting an Eagles win, 24-16, this week to put the Cowboys at 2-6. As the saying goes, karma is a bitch.