It started on Sunday in the closing minutes of the Eagles' 54-11 shellacking of the Chicago Bears when Philly fans filled Lincoln Financial Field with chants of "We want Dallas!" The taunts have only increased in scope and volume as Sunday's season-deciding Cowboys-Eagles grudge match has neared.
Call it trolling. Call it a reasonable assessment of probabilities, given Dallas' defensive woes, Philly's insanely productive offense, and Tony Romo's probable absence. In any case, Eagles fans are really, really confident they're going to win.
The jeers have taken various forms. Above, in the most expensive example, a Philadelphia radio station tells Jerry Jones to start booking tee times.
And here's a lower-budget but equally clever commentary from a fan:
— We Want allas! (@GreenBloodBaby) December 26, 2013
Philly.com got in on the action with a cartoon caption contest:
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) December 26, 2013
Some -- including the Philadelphia Eagles organization, which offers an oral history -- want to talk about the last time the teams played in Week 17 with a playoff berth on the line:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 26, 2013
— Eagles Fan Problems (@EagleFanProbs) December 26, 2013
— Michael Pugliese (@MikePugliese7) December 23, 2013
Others want to speculate about why Romo is really sitting out on Sunday:
— Philly Sports Phans (@PHISportsPhans) December 24, 2013
— Real Sports24_7 (@RealSports24_7) December 23, 2013
Or remind everyone that the rest of America hates the Cowboys:
America who do you think will win the Eagles Cowboys game on Sunday? pic.twitter.com/bNA3PgGRfo
— Nick Foltz (@FoltzDaddy) December 26, 2013
Cowboys backup QB Kyle Orton is a particularly ripe target:
The fate of the Cowboys entire season now rests in the hands of this man. The Eagles should be mortified. pic.twitter.com/odRDJIgSbr
— Cray Joe Buck (@IAmNotJoeBuck) December 23, 2013
— eskoisreal (@eskoisreal) December 23, 2013
So Eagles / Cowboys & this guy is getting +6.5/7 huh ..... pic.twitter.com/pwPKALJMYF
— PTSportsCapper (@PTSportsCapper) December 25, 2013
Here's the take of "Unabashedly the #1 Philadelphia Sports Twitter":
This place has had success more recently than the Dallas Cowboys
— Arie & Al (@OfficialReview) December 23, 2013
And here's a guy who's decided that Eagles have won divine favor despite the fact that a) God doesn't watch football; and b) Philadelphia is a godforsaken crap hole.
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— Stan (@WadeOsteen) December 23, 2013
Now if the Cowboys can just find a way to transform their opponent's brash overconfidence into a functioning defense, then maybe they'll have a shot.
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