Second, it gave the Cowboys something to think about. The Bears had no answer for Philadelphia's offense. The Eagles scored touchdowns on their first three drives and led 21-0 in the first quarter before breaking a sweat. They changed the complexion of the game at the jump and forced Chicago to have to, as Cutler mentioned several times, "pass, pass, pass."
Seven of Philadelphia's 11 possessions ended with a score. Six of them were touchdowns. Jones punted twice.
And Philadelphia showed that it is not the team that lost to Dallas 17-3 in Week 7. That was a lifetime ago, before Foles emerged as the Eagles' unquestioned starting quarterback. Foles was awful that game. He looked jittery and confused by the Cowboys' defense. He rushed throws. He threw a ton of incompletions. He took sacks. By halftime, Dallas knocked Foles out with a concussion.
Since sitting out the next week against the New York Giants, Foles has been on fire, leading the Eagles to six wins in seven games to set up this win-or-go-home scenario in Week 17.
When the Cowboys played the Bears two weeks ago, they gave up 45 points and 490 total yards, including 149 on the ground. In the eight games since holding the Eagles to three points, Dallas has given up an average of 31.6 points per game.
The Eagles should be able to move the football. They should be able to score points. They should be able to do what they did to Chicago. It is there to be had.
Consider this: Sunday will be the eighth win-or-go-home game for the Cowboys with Tony Romo as the quarterback. They have won only once – a playoff win at home against the Eagles in 2009 in what became Donovan McNabb's last game for Philadelphia. In those games, Romo has eight touchdown passes and seven interceptions. As big as he came up this Sunday against Washington, Romo has not been clutch in win-or-go-home situations.
He will get another chance next Sunday. The Eagles are coming. Against the Bears, they made that clear.