Updated: Sep 25, 2021
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys have a long and storied rivalry spanning multiple generations. They have played 122 games against each other since the Cowboys first entered the NFL back in 1960. The all-time numbers favor the Cowboys, as they currently lead the series 69-53. Even though history favors Dallas, there have been plenty of Eagles players over the years that would dominate Dallas when they took the field against them to help Philadelphia come out with some "W's." Here's a look at some of the best "Cowboy Killers" in Eagles history:
In eight games against Dallas, McDonald averaged a little over three receptions per game. That doesn't sound like dominance, but he ended up with seven touchdowns in those eight games. He certainly made the most of his opportunities.
The Cowboys may own the all-time series lead over the Eagles, but during the McNabb era, the Eagles cut into that massive lead when they won more games than they lost to the Cowboys (12-8). McNabb threw for 3,945 yards and 26 touchdowns (5th-most ever) against the Dallas defense compared to 13 interceptions. He also added five touchdowns on the ground.
His most memorable play against the Cowboys was his 14-second scramble to find Freddie Mitchell deep downfield.
Even though his life and NFL career were cut tragically short, Brown played long enough to terrorize Troy Aikman and the Dallas Cowboys. While Brown only recorded 2.5 career sacks against the Cowboys, he helped the Eagles to an 8-1 record over Dallas when he was on the field. Despite the low sack total, Brown was a constant disruptive force on the interior defensive line. He wreaked havoc on the Cowboys offensive line for the five years he faced them.
Brown didn't rack up the sacks because White was the one stealing all of them. In 15 games against the Cowboys as an Eagle, White registered 14.5 sacks. He had four multi-sack games against the Cowboys, and nobody else in NFL history has had more than two multi-sack games against Dallas. He gave them nightmares for years, and the Cowboys were certainly happy the Eagles front office didn't want to fork over money to him to stay in Philadelphia. He only faced them six other times in a different uniform, racking up just three sacks.
The ball always seemed to be in Westbrook's hands when the Eagles faced the Cowboys in his tenure. 183 rushes and 67 receptions (9th-most ever against Dallas; 3rd-most by a RB) meant that he earned a total of 1,288 yards (4th-most in history against Dallas by an opposing RB) combined through the air and ground in 15 games against Dallas. He reached the endzone himself a total of nine times (2nd-most in history against Dallas by an opposing RB), but also threw a touchdown in a game against the Cowboys. He had seven 100-yard scrimmage games against Dallas, and only three other running backs (Tiki Barber, Ottis Anderson, and Jim Brown) had more.
His most memorable play against the Cowboys was his infamous stop at the goal line to kill the clock instead of scoring a walk-in touchdown.
McCoy averaged 91.8 yards/game on the ground against Dallas, because in 10 games he had 918 yards. He also had a great 5.25 Y/A to help the Eagles move the ball downfield quickly on them. He only scored four total touchdowns though, but at the end of the day he was still a thorn in the Cowboys' hand when he was on the field.
In 332 pass-blocking snaps against Dallas in his career, Mathis allowed just eight pressures. He also had a run-blocking grade of 92.6 from Pro Football Focus in his combined games against the Cowboys. He certainly left Cowboys defensive tackles constantly frustrated.
The Eagles’ two longest defensive plays against the Cowboys were both turned in by cornerback Lito Sheppard. He picked off Vinny Testaverde in 2004 and returned it 101 yards, then picked off Drew Bledsoe in 2006 and returned it 102 yards. Sheppard is the only player in NFL history with two 100-yard INT returns against the same team. In total, Sheppard racked up eight interceptions (2nd-most ever by a player against Dallas) in 13 games against the Cowboys.
Lito's counterpart was also a bonafide Cowboy Killer, scoring a touchdown of his own on a fumble recovery. Brown also put up 62 total tackles, one sack, five interceptions, 15 passes defended, and two forced fumbled to go with that fumble recovery touchdown.
In just five games, Hicks recorded four interceptions on Dallas quarterbacks, including one pick-six. He also added one sack, which injured Tony Romo. The fractured clavicle suffered by Romo at the hands of Hicks started his laundry list of injuries that forced his early retirement. If he wasn't so injury probe himself, Hicks would likely still be in Philadelphia and adding to his Cowboy Killer status.
BG gets a sack almost every other game against Dallas, recording seven of them in 16 games. He has also added 12 tackles for loss and 18 QB hits, which means he's always disruptive even though Dallas has had some great offensive lines in recent years.
Two-time Pro Bowler DeMarcus Lawrence has played 437 defensive snaps against the Eagles so far in his six-year career. Johnson has helped make sure that Lawrence has just one single QB sack on the Eagles. That's what I'd call dominance.
Jackson has played in 17 career games against the Cowboys, catching 57 passes for 1,147 yards and four touchdowns. That includes his time on Washington and Tampa Bay though. With Philadelphia, he has caught 35 passes for 663 yards and one touchdown in 10 games. Jackson is always a threat in these games, as he has had over 90 receiving yards in three of those 10 games, including a 210-yard performance in 2010.
His most famous play was his 91-yard touchdown from Michael Vick.
Ertz's 63 catches are the most ever by an opposing tight end and are tied with Harold Carmichael for the most ever receptions regardless of position. With 14 games played against them, that means we hear Ertz catching about 4.5 receptions per game against the 'Boys. His 608 yards and four touchdowns in those games ain't too shabby either.
The pending HOFer is tied with Zach Ertz (63) for the most receptions ever against Dallas. He also has the 2nd-most yards (992) and touchdowns (11). Oddly, Carmichael finished his career with Dallas, playing two games in 1984, but I'm sure he doesn't think fondly of those times in that gross uniform.
With 17 wins, Brian Dawkins beat the 'Boys more than any other player in NFL history. B-Dawk was a part of 17 wins over the Cowboys in his time as an Eagle. He played big parts in those wins, totaling four interceptions, 2.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles vs. Dallas.
Staley's best game against the Cowboys is the fondly-remembered Pickle Juice Game, where he picked up 201 yards on the ground. In total, he racked up 840 yards (6th all-time against the Cowboys) and 1,193 scrimmage yards (also 6th all-time against the Cowboys).
Harmon faced the Cowboys eight times and averaging one sack per game (8.0 sacks in 8 games). Those 8.0 sacks are the most ever by an opposing defensive tackle. About 20% of Harmon’s 39 1/2 career sacks came against the Eagles big-time rival.
Nobody in history picked off the Cowboys more than Hopkins. He recorded nine career interceptions against Dallas, tied with New York Giants safety Terry Kinard for most ever. He finished his excellent career with 30 interceptions, so 30% of them came against the Eagles' biggest rival.
Dallas had Philly's number back when safety Randy Logan was playing -- Logan and the Birds only won 5 of the 21 games they played in against the Cowboys. Still, he was a bit of a thorn in the Cowboys' side -- Logan had seven interceptions against Dallas, the 3rd-most ever by a player against the Cowboys. He had 23 career interceptions, so 30% of them came in this rivalry setting.
The wins aren't in place yet (3-4 record), but they'll certainly be coming with the way he has been playing against the Cowboys. In seven games against Dallas, Wentz has completed 174/255 attempts (68.2%) for 1,713 yards (244.7 ypg), has thrown 12 touchdowns compared to just two interceptions, and a 99.4 rating (100+ rating in 3 of last 4 games vs. Dallas).
His 99.4 passer rating is the highest ever by an NFC East quarterback with at least 50 career passes against the Cowboys, and it’s 11th-highest among all QBs to throw at least 100 career passes against Dallas. He’s also 5th-most accurate with that 68.2% mark. Despite facing Dallas only seven times, his 12 touchdown passes are already 16th-most (and six more get him in the top-10 all-time).