Philadelphia won their third game in four this young season, this time by two points. The Eagles' previous two had been by one point each.
I'm sure that Cowboys fans are happy with a win by either the Giants or Eagles, because it tags a rival with a loss, but a Dallas win could put Dallas in a much better position in the playoff hut. The Cowboys need to beat Chicago to stay inside the playoff zone -- five teams in the conference have winning records today and the winner of the Cowboys-Bears game will produce a sixth, since both enter the contest at 2-1. We have a long way to go but you like to stay inside the playoff bubble any time you can.
Keeping pace with the Eagles will also move them ahead of the Giants, who have already dropped to 0-2 within the NFC East.
What Effect the Refs?
The old refs were greeted throughout the league with applause, though that good will quickly dissipated in Green Bay, where a bungled fumble call against the Packers had the Cheeseheads thinking conspiracy. They survived.
What effect did the new old refs have? And might they affect the Cowboys' game? It probably depends on the crew. The two afternoon games I saw seemed to called much closer than games with the subs. The Eagles/Giants game had a modest amount of flags. The Redskins/Bucs and the Packers/Saints games both saw 20 or more total penalties.
Conversely, the Patriots/Bills saw only four penalties called, one against New England and three against Buffalo.
If the Cowboys can't iron out their mental mistakes, they'll continue to draw handfuls of flags, replacement refs or regular ones. And that could hurt them tonight.