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Eagles-Cowboys NFL Week 7 predictions 2019

Eagles-Cowboys NFL Week 7 predictions 2019

The Eagles (3-3) travel to Texas to take on the Cowboys (3-3) on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. 

Let’s get to this week’s predictions:

Reuben Frank (3-3)

The Eagles have played 24 games over the last two seasons, and only three times — THREE TIMES — have they outscored their opponent by three or more points in both halves. Those were against a terrible Giants team last year, a bad Redskins team last year and a terrible Jets team earlier this month. These are not numbers of an elite team. The Eagles’ inability to play a complete 60-minute game against anybody is alarming. They just are unable to jump on top early and put a team away. I’m going to pick them to beat Dallas just because the Cowboys seem to in an even bigger rut than the Eagles. Heck, as inconsistent as the Eagles have been, they’ve gained two games in the standings over Dallas over the last three weeks. The Eagles should win. The Eagles need to win. The Eagles  better win. No excuses Sunday. 

Eagles 30, Cowboys 24

Dave Zangaro (2-4)

I was confidently going to pick the Eagles in this game because of the Cowboys’ injury situation, but now it turns out Dallas is healthier than we all thought. All their questionable guys are reportedly going to play and that includes Amari Cooper. It’s tough to know how healthy they really are, but I’m banking on the thought that they’ll be hindered by injury. And as bad as the Eagles looked last week, the Cowboys are really reeling. The Eagles also always seem to handle adversity well and they’ve had plenty of that this week. 

Eagles 31, Cowboys 30

Derrick Gunn (2-4)

It would be difficult enough trying to figure this game out if both teams were healthy, but with both sides hurting at key positions it’s even more perplexing. While we know now which Eagles are not playing, Dallas has a number of players listed as questionable. So the matchups in strategic areas remains an unknown. 

Amari Cooper, Randall Cobb, Tyron Smith, La’el Collins on the field make a huge difference in terms of what Dak Prescott can or cannot do in the passing game. The Eagles’ defense has been consistent in one area the run game. But facing Ezekiel Elliott is another story. He has been the Birds’ kryptonite. In his last two outings against the Eagles, Elliott has run for over 100 yards and has tallied a minimum of 189 yards of total offense. If the Birds can control Zeke, it enhances their chances of winning. Also, Jim Schwartz’s defense has to make Prescott feel as uncomfortable as possible. He has a tendency of holding on to the ball to long at times. You take away the 10 sacks the Eagles had against the Jets and they’ve had only four sacks in their five other games. Not good enough!!!!

The Cowboys’ front seven will be coming after Carson Wentz, so the Eagles’ short passing game will need to be on point. The question is, which of their pass catchers will step up and provide consistent help? I’m hoping the Birds can go down to Dallas and put together a game like they did in Green Bay. On a hunch, I’m leaning toward the Eagles. 

Eagles 24, Cowboys 23

Ray Didinger (3-3)

The Eagles and Cowboys are tied with identical 3-3 records but the similarities go deeper than that. They have a ton of injuries and they are losing games for many of the same reasons: dropped passes, lousy tackling and dumb penalties. We've talked endlessly about the Eagles slow starts but the Cowboys are just as bad. They were outscored 47-9 in the first half of their last three games, all losses.

It is hard to like either team right now given the way they are playing. In the Cowboys three wins, Zeke Elliott had big games averaging more than five yards per carry. One thing that has been a constant for the Eagles so far is their run defense (72.8 yards per game) which tells me Zeke won't run wild Sunday. I still think the Eagles are the better team and they have played well in this building (four wins in the last six trips).

Eagles 27, Cowboys 24

Andrew Kulp (4-2)

I was confident in the Eagles at the beginning of the week, when it seemed like the Cowboys would be missing half their offense, and before Carson Wentz's anonymous started taking jabs. Now I find myself in the same place I have with respect to the other road trips so far this season: 50/50.

I suppose I'll stick with the Eagles, because I think they're the better team, and there's no way all those injured Cowboys will be 100 percent (looking at Amari Cooper). But I don't feel good about it. Counting on Wentz to come out fired up, Doug Pederson to coach an inspired game after talking his own trash at the beginning of the week, and Nate Gerry to make everybody forget Zach Brown ever suited up for this team.

Eagles 31, Cowboys 28

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Navy pulls off iconic Philly Special at the Linc

Navy pulls off iconic Philly Special at the Linc

Let's just say, the Navy Midshipmen certainly know how to win over a crowd in Philadelphia.

On Saturday during the 120th Army-Navy game, a familiar play call was seen.

You might have seen it before. There's a statue immortalizing it in front of the Linc. It happened during Super Bowl LII. Anything come to mind?

That's right. The Philly Special.

What an awesome moment in the middle of one of the best days in sports. Check it out:


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A myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd and much more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!

A myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd and much more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Observations!

Another myth dispelled, thoughts on the Carson Sucks crowd, an observation about Duce Staley and lots more in this weekend's edition of Roob's Random Eagles Observations! 

1. Dwayne Haskins may develop into a big-time NFL quarterback. He certainly has the arm. But right now he’s a 22-year-old rookie with 3 TDs and 7 INTs in seven career games and a miserable 61.2 passer rating — worst among current starter QBs. This is a quarterback the Eagles need to dominate. Pressure him. Mix coverages and blitzes. Confuse him. When you get your hands on a ball, make the interception. When you get your hands around him, bring him down. He can’t drive the offense 75 yards down the field in 10 plays, but he's got a legit arm so don’t allow big plays over the top. Don’t give the Redskins a reason to keep fighting like you did the last two weeks against bad teams. The Eagles are 4-1 against rookie quarterbacks under Jim Schwartz, allowing 12 points per game. More of that Sunday. This shouldn’t even be a game by 2:30 p.m. But I'm afraid it will be.

2. Here’s one for the Carson Sucks crowd: Despite missing eight games the last two years and with three games still to go, Wentz already has the 9th-most TD passes in NFL history by a QB in his first four seasons. Three more in the last three games move him up to 6th. He’s also thrown 35 interceptions. Of the 10 QBs currently ahead of him in TD passes over their first four seasons, only Russell Wilson has also thrown fewer than 44  interceptions in his first four years, and only Wilson and Dan Marino have a higher passer rating. Worst QB ever.

3. The Eagles have used 18 cornerbacks since 2016.  Eight of them are no longer in the NFL.

4. I’m always up for a good conspiracy theory. Did you know the first manned moon landing was actually fabricated and the astronauts were actually on a film set in Arizona made to look like the moon? For real! I saw it in Capricorn One! Some conspiracy theories are hilarious, like the one making the rounds this week. Did you know Jordan Howard isn’t really hurt, he’s sitting out to protest not having a long-term contract? I swear, I got that from at least a dozen people this past week. Yeah, that’s a great way to get a new contract! Pretend you’re hurt, lie about a neck injury, miss five games, watch your free agency value plummet and hope that the Eagles just happen to forget to inform other teams that you were healthy all along but just didn’t feel like playing. Makes perfect sense!  

5. MYTH: “Jim Schwartz NEVER ADJUSTS.”
REALITY: Since 2016, the Eagles have allowed the 11th-fewest first-half points in the NFL  [11.0 per game], but they’ve allowed the 4th-fewest second-half points [9.6], behind the Vikings, Patriots and Ravens. Among the top 20 defenses in the league over the last four years, only the Vikings [2.1-point differential] have a larger first-half / second-half point differential than the Eagles [1.4 points]. Overall, the Eagles have allowed the 7th-fewest points in the NFL over the last four years.

6. I count 21 Eagles players who’ve missed a total of 105 games so far this year, a figure that will go up considering how many won’t be playing the next three. Two things: 1) The Eagles have to take an honest look at every facet of their training, conditioning and rehab this offseason and figure out why half the team is always hurt. And 2) It really makes you appreciate guys like Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Kelce, the only Eagles to start and finish all 45 games since opening day 2017. Not far behind are Brandon Graham and Brandon Brooks (44), Fletcher Cox (43) and Zach Ertz (42). Those guys have been there for their team every step of the way — or almost every step — for three years now. They're all-time Eagles.

7. What the heck is going on with Genard Avery? The Eagles spent a 4th-round draft pick to acquire Avery from the Browns in October, and he’s played 20 snaps on defense in five games since. TWENTY SNAPS. He didn’t play a snap on defense in the Giants game. His snaps were supposed to go up as he got acclimated to the defense. Now he’s not even playing. He’s been here seven weeks now, and he can’t even get a single snap on defense? He’s playing a lot on special teams (19 snaps per game), but that’s an awfully expensive special teamer.

8. How bad are the Redskins? They've scored 79 points in six home games. They have eight offensive touchdowns at Fedex Field this year. And five of them were in their first two games. They've scored THREE offensive touchdowns in their last four home games. The Eagles are actually 3rd-BEST in the NFL in road scoring at 29.3 points per game. This REALLY needs to be a blowout.

9. Rasul Douglas is the Eagles’ best cornerback.

10. Think about Duce Staley’s body of work as Eagles running backs coach: 1) Got a 776-yard, 9-TD season out of Ryan Mathews in 2016. 2) Won a Super Bowl with LeGarrette Blount on his last legs and Jay Ajayi coming in halfway through the season. 3) Undrafted rookie Corey Clement, who had 10 catches all year, had a 100-yard receiving game and miracle TD in a Super Bowl. 4) Got over 500 yards and a 4.3 average from undrafted rookie Josh Adams in 2018. 5) Miles Sanders has already broken the franchise record for scrimmage yards by a rookie. 6) Jordan Howard was in the midst of a comeback year with a 4.4 average and 7 TDs before he got hurt. 7) Darren Sproles netted nearly 1,400 scrimmage yards in just 30 games, all after turning 33. 8) Boston Scott comes off the practice squad to pile up 128 scrimmage yards in a critical win over the Giants. 9) Eagles are the No. 12 rushing team in the NFL in four years under Staley even though nobody on the roster has rushed for more than 850 yards TOTAL during that span. 10) All 11 running backs who’ve gotten at least 30 carries under Staley have averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry under Duce. Nine of them have averaged at least 4.3 yards per carry. The Eagles haven’t had a back with 550 yards in consecutive years since Shady, yet the Eagles always seem to run the ball well. The guy’s really good.

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