PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cowboys week is always special, but the backdrop of Thanksgiving, coupled with first place implications, makes this week that much more special. Howie Roseman is very aware of how special it is.

“Thanksgiving week, Dallas Cowboys. What is better than this,” asked Howie Roseman on Monday during The Howie Roseman Show“First place on the line, I know everyone is as excited as we are up here.”

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LISTEN: Howie Roseman discusses Eagles vs. Cowboys on The Howie Roseman Show

Roseman has been with the Eagles for over 15 years and has seen this rivalry develop over the years. He knows that despite the amount of youth on both sides, the passion that comes along with Eagles vs. Cowboys is still as strong as ever.

“The great thing about our team, whether it’s the coaches or the players, they’re embracing the challenge,” Roseman said. “Nobody’s talking about the short week. Everybody’s talking about what they got to do to get ready for this game.”

Roseman even talked about the short week benefiting the Eagles explaining that the magnitude of Cowboys week always makes the week go by very slowly. “The fact that you can get right back at it and get going here couldn’t be any better.”

The Eagles General Manager was asked if there is a playful banter back and forth between the Eagles brass and the Cowboys brass during league functions and his answer was simple. “No,” Roseman said. He explained that the competitiveness of the division creates a dynamic that spills over into everything including business conversations such as trade negotiations. “You want to get over on them,” Roseman said.

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The Eagles are hoping to get over on the Cowboys on Thanksgiving this year with sole possession of first place in the NFC East hanging in the balance.

The implications involved in this match up is something that the players clearly are aware of as well. Even those that have not been a part of the Eagles vs. Cowboys rivalry for very long understand it. Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin joined The Howie Roseman Show on Monday and he too is well aware of what this game means to the team and to the city.

When asked when he first recognized how big the rivalry was, Barwin responded, “when I first got here.” “It didn’t take long for people to start telling me how this city felt about Dallas and it continues to grow every week we play, every week we get closer to playing the Cowboys.”

LISTEN: Connor Barwin on The Howie Roseman Show

Barwin added that he watched the Cowboys narrow defeat of the Giants on Sunday night and was impressed by the Cowboys offensive line’s ability to protect Tony Romo and lock up pass rushing defenders.

“It’s got to be everybody, relentless pressure, nobody staying on a block because you never know if a guys going to make it or miss,” Barwin said of Romo’s elusiveness.

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