The Eagles (4-9-1) are in North Texas to face the Cowboys (5-9) on Sunday afternoon.
Here’s everything you need to know:
- 3 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
- 4:25 p.m.: Eagles at Cowboys on FOX
- 7:30 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP+
- 9:30 p.m.: Birds Outsiders on NBSP+
The FOX announcers for Eagles-Cowboys are Kenny Albert (play by play), Jonathan Vilma (analyst) and Shannon Spake (sideline).
Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94WIP.
The Eagles are 2.5-point road favorites over the Cowboys, according to PointsBet.
The referee for Eagles-Cowboys is Shawn Smith. He was the ref for the Ravens game earlier this season. In that game the Ravens were penalized 12 times for 132 yards and the Eagles were penalized three times for 20 yards.
NFC East still in the air
By Sunday night the Eagles will either control their destiny or their NFC East hopes will be over. Washington plays Carolina at 4:05 p.m. and the Eagles need a Washington loss to stay alive in the division race. If Washington wins, the Eagles can’t catch them even if they win their final two games of the season.
Initially the Washington-Carolina game was scheduled for 1 p.m. but the NFL moved it back. The Eagles — at least, Doug Pederson — prefers it this way.
“We know that we've been in those situations before, but I would prefer to go into a game not knowing, you know,” Pederson said. “I think it does give you a level of concentration and focus that you need going into a football game. Listen, our guys, once we tee it up on Sunday, we're all about the game, we're into the game, we're coaching and playing, and we'll see what happens at the end.”
While the Eagles will be focused on beating the Cowboys, the rest of us will have an eye on that Washington game. There’s a chance that the Eagles will win on Sunday but their postseason hopes die anyway.
Start No. 3 for Hurts
Jalen Hurts has two starts under his belt so far and he has looked good. Here are his numbers through two games: 41/71 (55.4%), 505 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs, 94.7 rating, 29 rushing attempts, 169 yards (5.83), 1 touchdown
Will he keep this up?
Only one way to find out. Pederson named Hurts the starter for just the Dallas game but it would be pretty shocking if he went back to Carson Wentz now. Hurts will ultimately have four games at the end of this season to show the Eagles and the rest of the league what he can do. After that, the Eagles will have plenty of decisions to make.
In the interim, Hurts will face the NFL’s 31st-ranked scoring defense on Sunday.
A big game for Sanders?
Speaking of the Dallas defense, it is exceptionally bad against the run. The Cowboys have given up more yards on the ground than any other team this season and are also giving up 5.0 yards per carry, which ranks 31st in the NFL.
Simply put: The Eagles and Miles Sanders should be able to run on the Cowboys. Pederson just needs to commit to the run (I know) and let Sanders help the rookie quarterback and the offense move the chains. After 14 carries against the Saints, Sanders had 17 against the Cardinals last week. Expect a big game for him on Sunday.
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