Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey ready for Eagles
Sunday night Dallas travels to Philadelphia for undisputed first place in the NFC East. Two weeks prior, the Eagles carved the Cowboys in AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving 33-10. The defense looked listless and drained as Chip Kelly's offense racked up 464 total yards and sacked quarterback Mark Sanchez just once.
What does the team need to do differently in the rematch?
"Play with technique," defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey said. "Play with more passion. More enthusiasm. More energy. More effort. We know what we're up against. It'll be a tough opponent. They obviously beat us last time."
Not even the historically horrible 2013 defense gave up 250 rushing yards. The last time the Cowboys gave up 250 or more rushing yards was Week 17 of 2012 in Washington.
"We just got to focus up and come back with the right frame of mind, right mentality, and everything possible," said Mincey.
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who nicknamed Mincey "Oil Can" for being the team's eldest defensive lineman, hasn't yet spoken with his team on Philadelphia, or Chicago for that matter. However, Mincey feels Marinelli could be pleased with the pass rush's performance against the Bears despite not recording a sack.
"I mean, we did a pretty good job rushing last week, guys with their matchups," Mincey said. "Jay Cutler just getting that ball out, doing a good job."
The seven-year pro out of Florida isn't resting on any laurels though.
"We got a lot of room for improvement, but the good thing about it is we can improve and we're capable of improvement. That's always a plus."
Last week was the first time all season the Eagles were held under 20 points. At home against the Cowboys with both teams 9-4 and playing for first place in the NFC East, Philadelphia's fourth-placed scoring offense will still present a challenge for the 17th-ranked Cowboys defense.