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Eagles cornerback Eric Rowe calls Cowboys ‘cry babies’

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It’s hardly uncommon for the rhetoric to get a little heated heading into any match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Two players have now done their part to significantly up the ante with pointed comments ahead of Sunday’s showdown.

In what otherwise has been a pretty tame buildup to a game between the two struggling squads, the Eagles started off the smack talk late in the week with defensive tackle Bennie Logan and cornerback Eric Rowe both taking potshots at their upcoming opponent. The prevailing tone of their comments revolved around their impression that the Cowboys are whiners and complainers about pretty much everything.

“They just whine and complain about everything,” Logan said, via NJ.com. “Shut up and play ball. I’m gonna hit you hard every snap. Stop complaining about this and this. That just bugs me. You’re a man. It’s football. Shut up and get hit and take it like a man.”

Rookie corner Rowe echoed Logan’s sentiments.

“From the last game, I saw at least on the offensive side, a lot of them cried a lot,” Rowe opined. “They also want a lot of penalties. I saw [tight end] Jason Witten, every time he was covered he looked for a flag and complained and pointed at the ref. Couple of the receivers were looking at the refs looking for PI [pass interference]. Cry babies? Well, yeah if you want to put it like that.”

Consider the gauntlet dropped.

The Eagles are hoping to erase memories of a 20-10 Week 2 loss to the Cowboys in what was an overall atrocious performance. The fact that a couple of Eagles players are hoping to energize their teammates with some good old fashioned smack talk certainly can’t hurt … although it remains to be seen if any Cowboys players will respond in kind to the arguably predictable potshots.

Either way, a loss for the Cowboys (2-5) all but eliminates them from playoff contention for all intents and purposes. The Eagles (3-4), meanwhile, hope to climb back to .500 and into to tie for the lead with the New York Giants in the woeful NFL East.