How 'bout 'dem Cowboys!

Philadelphia Eagles fans were treated to a very rare sensation yesterday.

Cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.

Yes, I know it seems unfathomable. But if you’re anything like me, you actually found yourselves rooting on the ‘Boys yesterday. It doesn’t have anything to do with liking those hated guys with the stars on their helmets. This dilemma was one of NFL expediency.

The Eagles trail the New York Giants by a game heading into tonight’s prime time rematch with Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins.

The Giants were hosting the Cowboys. A loss by the Giants and a win tonight by the Birds would lift the Eagles into a first-place tie.

Hence, cheering for the Cowboys.

And new Dallas coach Jason Garrett and the ‘Boys did not disappoint. They looked a whole lot more like the team that many predicted before the season was going to the Super Bowl before getting off to a rocky 1-7 start that cost Wade Phillips his job.

The Giants did not look anything like the team that looked like the cream of the NFC crop in getting out to a 6-2 start.

Now all the Eagles have to do is take care of Redskins tonight and they will be sitting at 6-3, tied for first place in the NFC East.

It also would put them among a handful of teams with Super Bowl aspirations in the NFC. The Falcons are 7-2, and the Eagles have already thumped them. New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Green Bay are all 6-3.

All together now Birds fans: How ’bout ’dem Cowboys.