Haven’t had a great feeling about this game all week. So let me try and make the case for the Eagles. The Cowboys were rolling hot coming off a bye week, similar to how the Eagles were playing when they had their bye. The Cowboys upset the Packers in Lambeau, while the Eagles smashed the Steelers. Coming out of the bye, the Eagles clearly didn’t have that same rhythm that they had the first 3 games of the season. Sometimes the bye helps you later in the season, giving your tired or injured players a rest. In this case, I think it hurts the Cowboys more than it helps.
However, I’m not sure it’s going to matter. Even though the Eagles smashed the Vikings last week, the Cowboys can do something that Minnesota can’t. Protect the quarterback and run the ball. They do both VERY well. The game plan for the Eagles defense is likely to load up with 7 men in the box and make Dak beat you.
Eagles offense obviously hasn’t looked good the last two weeks and I wonder if this isn’t one of those stretches where they go through some struggles. I think Wentz will make some plays, but I’m not sure he has enough playmakers to keep up with the Dallas offense.
Also keep in mind, the Eagles have been playing very well at home. Not so much on the road. They’ll show that they have their QB of the future and play tough, but ultimately fall a little bit short. Cowboys 27 Eagles 20
Heading into Dallas is a tough place to play… sike. I really don’t know what to make of this game and I can’t really tell what my gut is telling me. It’s telling me that the Eagles had a tough time getting to the QB against a strong offensive line in Washington, but was able to make adjustments only a week later against a much weaker Vikings line. It’s also telling me that Wentz will have a much easier time against a Dallas defense that we can’t overlook, because of how well coached they are, but certainly aren’t on the Vikings level. What my dumb-brain is really wishing is for Wentz to torch Dallas, force Dak to struggle and all of a sudden there’s a QB controversy in Dallas and they’re derailed. Point is, I don’t know what to think but I’ll take the Birds to win and the Cowboys come out a bit slow off the bye
Eagles 28 Cowboys 20
Dak Prescott has to come back to earth at some point and I think it may happen Sunday Night. This will be a close game throughout and will be the most entertaining game of the week. It may come down to who has the ball last. The Eagles WILL stop Elliot, so it will be on Dak to make plays. For the sake of the city I am going to go against my heart and say that Dallas wins in a close and high scoring game
Dallas 30 Eagles 27
Predictions from the “Experts”
Think the Eagles‘ defense is going to have its hands full this Sunday night. As fantastic as Jim Schwartz’s unit has performed, think about the running backs these guys have faced: Isaiah Crowell, Jeremy Langford, DeAngelo Williams, Theo Riddick, Matt Jones and Jerick McKinnon. Sure, some of those dudes are decent players. Crowell averaged over 5 yards per carry against the Eagles. Matt Jones laid well over a hundy on them. So what do you think Zeke is gonna do? This Eagles front seven — which has earned my respect — hasn’t seen an offensive line even close to this Dallas group. On the other side, I expect Carson Wentz to be effective, especially given the Cowboys‘ troubles with the pass rush. (They should go get one.) The issue is that Rod Marinelli’s defense is getting much-needed rest when the offense goes on another long march. The Great Wall of Dallas 2.0 vs. Schwartz’s stingy defense = great freaking football. #PHIvsDAL
I look at the Eagles defensive line and see so many stars.
But I look at Dallas’ results from Weeks 1-7 and see that it doesn’t matter. Fletcher Cox and Co. can play as well as they have all year and still get steamrolled by the best offensive line we’ve seen since the 1990s.
The Cowboys match up well against the Eagles. Their cornerbacks are slow, but so are Philadelphia’s receivers. Their defensive line is opportunistic, and Philadelphia’s line lets pass rushes in.
Rod Marinelli’s unit is nothing if not disciplined. All of the window dressing Carson Wentz puts on to run speed sweeps and bootlegs will be a tad less effective this weekend. Cowboys 23, Eagles 20
The Eagles didn’t play so well in their past two road games, but the defense got back on track last week against the Vikings. This is a bigger challenge, especially against the run, but I think they will keep it close. Carson Wentzagainst Dak Prescott will be entertaining in a tight one. Cowboys 21, Eagles 20
This is a beauty. Plenty of attention on both rookie quarterbacks and the question looming of whether Tony Romo will return to the lineup when he’s cleared to go. I can’t pick against the Cowboys until I have reason to believe anyone can stop their ground game. Ezekiel Elliott is gashing everyone, and the offensive line has had its way. I see it rolling right through this game. Cowboys 26, Eagles 17
Quarterback Carson Wentz should rebound after a couple of rocky outings, but it will be difficult to go punch-for-punch with a Cowboys attack that can hit you from all sides. With Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Cole Beasley, Ezekiel Elliott & Co. operating behind a top offensive line, “after a little while, it’s hard to cover all those guys, it’s hard to scheme all those guys out,” said defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. “We’re going to have to win some individual matchups.” Dallas will win more. Cowboys 27, Eagles 23
I’d rather skip this portion after going 1-5 in the first six games. I’m a pathetic prognosticator, there’s no other way around it. I was going to pick opposite my gut last week, but ended up choosing the Vikings at the last second and, of course, was wrong again. This will be a tough game for the Eagles, but it’s not like the Cowboys are invincible. Schwartz needs to make Dallas one-dimensional and force the issue to Prescott. He blitzed out of character last week and it worked against the immobile Sam Bradford. Prescott can be elusive. He’s also a part of a run game that utilizes the zone read and bootlegs. But any quarterback can be got. The Cowboys o-line is good, not great, in pass protection. Brandon Graham should have opportunities against right tackle Doug Free. Under normal circumstances, I’d pick Dallas this week, but I’m going with the reverse prediction, which is probably bad news for the Eagles. Eagles 26, Cowboys 24
In other words, the Eagles have been nearly impossible to predict so far this season. When you think they’re going to win, they lose. When you’re a little down on them, they win.
The Eagles and Cowboys are two evenly matched teams. The Cowboys have the better offense; the Eagles have the better defense. Ultimately, this game will come down to what the Eagles’ defense can do to the Cowboys’ offense.
The Eagles are tied with the Seahawks for the most sacks per game in the NFL, while the Cowboys have allowed just nine sacks so far this season. That’s third best in the NFL.
The Cowboys try to keep things simple for Dak Prescott, often moving the pocket or giving him quick, easy throws, while applying a heavy dose of the run game. That approach has worked, as Prescott has not made big mistakes in the passing game while avoiding being hit.
Can the Eagles be the first team to consistently pressure Prescott? To do so, they’ll have to get the Cowboys behind the sticks by stopping the run on first and second down. I believe the Cowboys will run the ball effectively enough on the early downs to keep the sticks moving, especially if Bennie Logan cannot play.
The games are hard to predict because this team is tough to read. They excelled as home underdogs against Pittsburgh and Minnesota, but lost as road favorites in Detroit and Washington. Anyone with a good feel on this team should move to Vegas. This matchup will be determined on the line of scrimmage when the Cowboys have the ball. The Eagles can win that matchup – and the game. If they do, I’ll admit I was wrong, because I think the Cowboys have the edge there in the running game. My guess is the pass rush is effective, but not the run defense. Give me Cowboys 23, Eagles 21.
The Cowboys have not won three straight games at AT&T Stadium since early in the 2014 season, but they have that chance Sunday against the Eagles. The Cowboys have scored 27 points on their opening drives this season, putting up points in five of their first six games. In the past two games Dallas has crushed supposedly strong defenses in Cincinnati and Green Bay. The Eagles are ranked fifth best so far, but they have not faced an offense this efficient. Cowboys 27, Eagles 21
So, let’s get the numbers out of the way first. The Dallas Cowboys rank 17th in total offense, 25th in passing offense and 3rd in rushing offense. The Philadelphia Eagles rank 31st in total offense, 30th in passing offense and 20th in rushing offense. Offensively, there is no question Dallas is the superior team according to the rankings.
Defensively, the Cowboys rank 9th in total defense,13th in passing defense and 6th in rushing defense. The Eagles rank 2nd in total defense,3rd in passing defense and 8th in rushing defense. Defensive, Philly has the advantage.
I’d argue the Eagles strengths on defense do not favor them against this Cowboys offense. For one, Philadelphia hasn’t faced a running back like Ezekiel Elliott or his offensive line yet this season. In fact, the most successful rusher they’ve faced all year has been the Washington Redskins’ Matt jones, who posted 135 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against them in Week Six.
Secondly, the Cowboys have been very efficient on offense with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott under center. The 23-year old has thrown just one interception in his first 182 pass attempts. And despite how much the media would love to make this a matchup between Prescott and Eagles’ rookie starting quarterback Carson Wentz, this game will likely be determined in the trenches. The Cowboys offensive line versus the Eagles front seven.
After stellar back-to-back performances against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Green Bay Packers, two of the most touted front seven defenses in the NFL; Dallas seems poised to dominate their divisional rivals on Sunday night. I see the Cowboys winning this contest big. Dallas Cowboys 31, Philadelphia Eagles 17