Eagles-Cowboys predictions

Eagles-Cowboys predictions

Just like last year, this game means absolutely nothing. Yet unlike last season, the Eagles are the 13-2 team gearing up for the playoffs, while the Cowboys (8-7) were eliminated from playoff contention with their 21-12 loss last Sunday to Seattle. 

Though playoff spots or seeding aren't at stake, a win over the Cowboys would be the Eagles' 14th of the season, which would set a franchise record. A victory would also seal a perfect 8-0 home record. 

It appears Nick Foles will at least start at quarterback for the Eagles, though it seems unlikely he'll play the entire game. He's eager to show what he learned from a rough outing Monday night in the Eagles' 19-10 win over the Raiders (see story).

Eagles fans should, however, get a good look at quarterback Nate Sudfeld and a number of other backups heading into the postseason.

Reuben Frank (14-1)
So I apparently have to put my 14-1 prediction record on the line in a meaningless game where we don’t even know who’s going to play for either team. What’s that all about? The difference between 15-1 and 14-2 is huge. If I go 15-1, that’s a .938 winning percentage. If I finish 14-2, that’s only .875. So how am I supposed to decide whether to pick an Eagles team that could have Sudfeld playing a good portion of the game vs. a Cowboys team that’s finishing a lost season? There’s literally nothing to base a prediction on, so I’m just going to pick the Eagles on general principles. I just don’t see them losing at home. And 15-1 will be so sweet! 

Eagles 20, Cowboys 17

Dave Zangaro (12-3)
The final score in this game doesn't matter. 

This prediction doesn't matter. 

The Eagles will play Foles and hope to see some offensive life. They'll get Sudfeld out there and hope he looks like an NFL quarterback. They'll rest guys who need rest. There are plenty of things to watch in this game — the final score isn't one of them. 

The most important thing for the Eagles is, they don't get hurt. Would it be nice if they got to 14 wins for the first time in franchise history? Sure. 

Doesn't matter. 

Cowboys 26, Eagles 17

Derrick Gunn (12-3)
We've just about reached the finish line of the 2017 NFL season, and while this game is meaningless to the Eagles in terms of playoff positioning, it does have significance for a few reasons. The players say they'd like to finish off this run with a franchise-best 14 regular season wins, and they'd like to head to the postseason on a winning note. But at what cost are the Eagles willing to achieve those goals?

It's no secret the offense needs some work after their Christmas night performance against Oakland, but how long do you keep the starters in? Foles says he's preparing this week to start and work on a few things. Over the last two games, the defense has started at a sluggish pace but finished strong. As for Dallas, the Cowboys are going home after Sunday to begin a long offseason. Head coach Jason Garrett says all healthy bodies will play. 

I say minimize the risk and get the starters out no later than halftime. You can't afford to have another key player injured before the start of the second season. Ezekiel Elliott will play the Birds for the first time this year, and you know Dallas will try to establish their run game. It will be interesting to see how Doug Pederson handles this one. I say Dallas wins this one by default because Pederson pulls everybody he can and we get to see what Sudfeld, who has never played in a regular game, looks like under center.

Cowboys 24, Eagles 20

Ray Didinger (13-2)
Whatever incentive there is in this game belongs to the Cowboys. They are 8-7 so they need this game to finish with a winning record. Also, they are coming off a galling home loss to Seattle so they don't want to finish the season on a two-game skid.

Even with his suspension, Elliott still has a chance to rush for 1,000 yards (he has 880) so he will get plenty of carries, and while the Eagles have the No. 1 defense against the run, most of those guys will be watching this one from the bench in the second half.

This will be like a preseason game, only colder.

Cowboys 21, Eagles 17

Andrew Kulp (13-2)
It hardly seems fair to predict the result of what essentially amounts to a preseason game for the Eagles, but I suppose we may need a 50/50 game like this to create some separation in the standings. And the chances of the Cowboys' starters beating the Eagles' backups probably is around 50/50. After all, Dallas is only a 2.5-point favorite.

My guess is Foles will lead the first-team offense down the field for a quick score on the Eagles' first or second possession, then Sudfeld gets to flail around for the rest of the afternoon. Sudfeld will do OK, because the Cowboys' defense isn't anything to write home about, and may just quit on an offense that hasn't been capable of holding up its end of the bargain all season. A Derek Barnett strip-sack in the fourth quarter either shuts down Dallas' last gasp or puts the Eagles in position for the go-ahead score.

Eagles 20, Cowboys 17

Corey Seidman (10-4) 
The Cowboys were slight favorites early in the week because their key players are expected to play more than the Eagles' key players. Elliott talked this week about itching to play because he missed so much time with the six-game suspension.

As much as I'd like to see the Eagles finish 14-2 for the first time in franchise history, I can't see them holding onto a second-half lead if Sudfeld is under center. 

Who could have possibly predicted that a Week 17 game between the Eagles and Cowboys would have absolutely no meaning? The NFL tries to set up big divisional showdowns in the final week but will get no drama from the NFC East pairings.

Cowboys 20, Eagles 16

Eagles might face Colt McCoy in important Week 17 matchup

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Eagles might face Colt McCoy in important Week 17 matchup

The Eagles have their hands full this weekend with the Houston Texans, but that Week 17 matchup against Washington just got a little more interesting. 

Because not only is there a good chance that game could be for a playoff berth, but it also looks like the Redskins might have Colt McCoy back. 

You’ll remember that McCoy broke his fibula against the Eagles at the Linc on Dec. 3, but there’s a chance he’ll be able to play in Week 17 at FedEx Field. 

According to our friends down at NBC Sports Washington, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked the odds of McCoy’s return for Week 17 on a scale of 1-10. 

“I’d say 10 for Colt,” Gruden said. “That’s just my opinion. I just think Colt’s a crazy dude.” 

Gruden also said it wouldn’t surprise him either way and Washington won’t force him back into the lineup if he’s not ready. Ultimately, it will be the doctors’ call. It would be pretty impressive if McCoy missed just three full games after breaking a fibula, but it looks like there’s a chance. 

McCoy, of course, took over at quarterback when starter Alex Smith suffered a gruesome injury back in November. Since McCoy went down, the Redskins already tried Mark Sanchez and are now on QB No. 4 for the season in Josh Johnson, who led them to a 16-13 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. In that game, Johnson completed 16 of 25 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. 

Including the Texans game when Smith got hurt, the Redskins are 1-4 since Smith’s injury. 

In the game against the Eagles, McCoy was 4 for 4 with 50 passing yards before he broke his fibula and had to leave. The previous week, he threw for two touchdowns and three interceptions in a two-point loss to the Cowboys. 

If nothing else, McCoy knows Jay Gruden’s offense much better than Johnson. McCoy has been in Washington since 2014, Gruden’s first year as head coach. 

Right now, the Eagles and Redskins both have a 7-7 record. Both would need Minnesota to lose to jump the Vikings in the wild-card race. If the Vikings lose this weekend at Detroit and the Eagles and Redskins win this weekend, that Week 17 matchup would be for a playoff berth.

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The son of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison received an offer from Penn State

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The son of NFL Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison received an offer from Penn State

Penn State fans, you could soon be cheering for the son of an NFL legend. Marvin Harrison Jr., son of the Hall of Fame wide receiver with the same name, picked up an offer from Penn State this week.

Harrison is only a sophomore, but he’s already turning heads at St. Joseph’s Prep, who he helped win the recent PIAA Class 6A state title. Harrison, who measures in at 6-foot-3, is ranked as the top wide receiver in the state for the class of 2021 and is third in the nation, according to 247Sports.

Penn State will have some tough competition for the pass-catcher as Harrison Jr. already has offers from Syracuse, his father’s alma mater, and Florida, but the Nittany Lions might have an ace up their sleeve. Kyle McCord, Harrison’s QB at St. Joseph’s Prep and one of the top signal callers in the nation, has a PSU offer, too. He looked especially excited for Harrison to receive his.

It might be an even more exciting time for Penn State fans and coach James Franklin because there’s even more big name offspring both headed to Happy Valley and potentially headed there. Former Steelers star Joey Porter’s son, Joey Porter Jr., has already committed to Penn State. The son of Eagles legend Jeremiah Trotter, Jeremiah Trotter Jr., has some big name offers already, and may see one from Franklin soon enough.

While things didn’t necessarily go the Nittany Lions' way this season, the future looks bright with. A ton of familiar names could be making the fans at Beaver Stadium jump.