The Eagles (4-4) are coming off their bye week and hosting the Cowboys (3-5), who just played and lost on Monday Night Football.
This is the Eagles’ second division matchup of the season and their first game against the Cowboys this year.
To the predictions:
Reuben Frank (5-3)
Losing this game would be inexcusable for the Eagles. The Cowboys sputter into the Linc having scored 20 or fewer points in all but two of their eight games and are averaging less than 13½ points on the road.
The Eagles’ defense should feast on the Dallas offense, with or without Amari Cooper. No excuses. I don’t want to hear about injuries or fluke plays or bad calls. It’s time for this football team to start playing up to its capabilities.
The Cowboys are wounded, and the Eagles need to jump on them early, finish them off and send everybody home happy at midnight. They need to protect their home field. They need to put together a winning streak. They need to dominate their biggest rival. And I think they will. Bring on the Saints!
Eagles 37, Cowboys 13
Dave Zangaro (2-6)
This is the Eagles’ second straight game against an opponent that is in complete disarray. The Cowboys should have taken a lead and put the Titans away last week, but they coughed it up and lost by two touchdowns. Now, they have to go on the road on a short week to face a team coming off its bye with an added weapon.
I guess there’s a fear the Eagles could come out sluggish after their bye, but I don’t even think that would matter. They’re just clearly the better team in this game. I think we’re about to see a pretty huge collapse from the Cowboys and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jason Garrett not make it through the season.
Eagles 27, Cowboys 16
Derrick Gunn (3-5)
The Eagles are like a mash unit right now. Who’s in? Who’s out?
The Birds’ back end of their defense could have problems defending Cooper. They may have to give help over the top.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys are still having problems along their offensive line. Ezekiel Elliott has only 94 yards rushing his last two games. And Dak Prescott, who has been sacked 28 times this season (third most in the league), has been dropped 12 times in the ‘Boys' last three games.
The Eagles’ defense has to get to Prescott and generate some turnovers. How will Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz implement their new weapon Golden Tate? The Cowboys’ fourth-ranked D can't be overlooked. It gives up less than 100 yards on the ground per game and has given up an average of 18.9 points per game.
Wentz and company should find success through the air, but he can't afford to hold onto the ball too long with Demarcus Lawrence coming off the edge. If Tennessee could put up 28 points on Dallas, how many should the Eagles be able to tally? Garrett and Prescott will find a way to screw up their opportunity. Even with all their injuries, I like the Birds at home.
Eagles 28, Cowboys 21
Ray Didinger (4-4)
Things are starting to break the Eagles’ way. On Sunday, the Redskins were routed at home by Atlanta and lost three players to injury. On Monday, the Cowboys lost at home to Tennessee and now even Troy Aikman is saying the team needs a complete overhaul. While all this was going on, the Eagles rested up for the stretch run.
They start the second half of the season with an absolutely critical Sunday night game with the reeling Cowboys. Five of their remaining eight games are against NFC East opponents and if they take care of business there, they will repeat as division champs in spite of their early missteps.
I expect Tate to have an impact right away, especially on third downs where the Eagles can use a pick-me-up, and the Cowboys have all kinds of trouble scoring on the road, averaging just 13 points while dropping all four games away from home. I don't think things will get any easier playing in front of the hostile Philly crowd.
Eagles 24, Cowboys 13
Andrew Kulp (4-4)
It really shouldn't be this close. The Cowboys will be without the heart of their defense, Sean Lee, the Garrett/Prescott-led offense stinks out loud, and the team is flying into Philadelphia on six days rest to meet an Eagles team coming off a bye.
But the Eagles are still nicked up themselves and haven't run away with many games this year, so it'll probably be another nail-biter, or worse, they'll find a way to lose — not what I'm predicting, but it wouldn't surprise me.
Eagles 20, Cowboys 17
Corey Seidman (3-5)
In an age of high-powered passing games and creative schemes, the Cowboys look like a high school offense. They’re a simple, boring, predictable team that runs a trick play once in a while. They just don’t have enough to stay with the Eagles, up and down the field, for 60 minutes.
Tate scores in his debut.
Eagles 31, Cowboys 20
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