AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, is unlike any other NFL arena.
Known locally as Jerry’s World — for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — it has an exciting, Disney-like vibe to it that can be a little overwhelming for opposing players.
Fans and players alike have a difficult time focusing without glancing at the giant, high-definition scoreboards that hang from the ceiling and stretch from 20-yard line to 20-yard line.
Yet, the Eagles don’t seem to be fazed by it.
They entered Sunday’s game against the Cowboys having won three straight at AT&T Stadium and were 4-1 there in their past five visits.
Last season, the Eagles earned a 33-27 victory in overtime when quarterback Sam Bradford threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
“Dallas is a cool place to play,” Matthews said last Thursday. “It like you’re at a concert. It’s crazy. It feels like this big hoopla. … And then there’s a TV that’s as big as like three cities. There’s so much stuff going on, half the time I think the defensive backs don’t even notice me running around. So I guess that’s why I had a couple of big games there.”
Rookies in particular can be awestruck with the surroundings, though that wasn’t expected to be the case for Eagles tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai and cornerback Jalen Mills.
Vaitai, who started at right tackle against the Cowboys, played at the stadium in both high school (Haltom, Texas) and college (Texas Christian High School).
Because of that familiarity, he was expected to focus his attention on protecting Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz against Dallas’ pass rush.