Philly rookie: "Everyone in NFC East hates Cowboys"

Linebacker Moise Fokou is expected to become the fourth Eagles’ draft pick to start this season come Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Strong-side linebacker Chris Gocong is battling hamstring and quadriceps injuries and has been listed as doubtful for the game, opening the door for Fokou in the battle between NFC East foes that will establish a leader at the halfway point.

“The Cowboys, a chance to start … you’re kidding me,” Fokou said. “That’s awesome. It’s a chance to get in there and get my feet wet. Did I get more (complimentary tickets)? Nope, I’m good on tickets. I’ve got my six plus two. But I’m sure the word is going to spread fast back home. I will be hearing a lot from people probably after this Sunday.”

Fokou, who played at Maryland and hails from Rockville, Md., is schooled on the traditions of the division.

“They were the hot team back in the 1990s when I grew up around the Maryland-DC area,” Fokou said. “The Redskins and the Cowboys was the big rivalry. Everyone in the NFC East hates the Cowboys. It’s interesting to see how everybody gets pumped up when it’s time to play the Cowboys.”

The last time the Cowboys visited Lincoln Financial Field it was in the 2008 season finale. The Eagles put a 44-6 beating on them that propelled Philadelphia into the postseason and kept Dallas out.

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