Birds’ Eye View: PREVIEW – Eagles-Cowboys

The Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) are home for quite the weekend for Philadelphia. After the Phillies advanced to the NLCS for the first time in forever, the Eagles now need to finish off the weekend taking on the Dallas Cowboys (4-1).

Though the Cowboys came off of a great win leading up to last season’s playoffs, things seem to be a little different as the Philadelphia Eagles have been the clear favorite in the NFC East battle so far.

Yes, this is a big test for the Eagles, but this is also a test for Cooper Rush and the Cowboys. Luckily for the Eagles, they basically have everyone back. A fully healthy team is going to need to be able to compete with the undefeated Cowboys under Rush.

All eyes will be on how the Cowboys secondary competes with the Eagles offense. Trevon Diggs and Micah Parsons will be doing their thing, so the Eagles need to keep those two on their feet. Get them scrambling, and the Dallas secondary shatters.

Switching up and going for different offensive plays that open up the offense and allow for the Eagles to make big plays is the goal. Learning from last week where the team resorted to WR screens that eventually didn’t do enough, the Eagles could go for RPOs that will keep the Cowboys defense on its heels. The Eagles also need to keep Jalen Hurts protected. Since the offensive line is back and healthy, that shouldn’t be an issue, but they’ll have to play to a high standard to keep Hurts from scrambling on the field. Something the Eagles need to do is win the turnover battle and maximize on their takeaways. The team has been successful with this thanks to James Bradberry and Haason Reddick, two great off-season additions.

On the flip side, the Eagles should be wary of how Dallas will compete today. Against the Cardinals and Jaguars, the Eagles had holes in their defense to allow for opposing offenses to breakaway in a major way. If the Cowboys can do this, especially in the first quarter, it will make things harder for the Eagles to come back. The Cowboys outscored the Eagles in the first quarter this season, 31-14.

Eagles Injury Report

Josh Jobe (shoulder) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Janarius Robinson (ankle) was a limited participant in Friday’s practice and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Cowboys Injury Report

Rico Dowdle (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game.

Jason Peters (chest) is expected to play in Sunday’s game.

Dak Prescott (right thumb) is not expected to play in Sunday’s game.

CeeDee Lamb (hip) did not practice on Friday and is questionable for Sunday’s game.

Prediction: Eagles 28-24

It feels like it will be a hard-fought win, but with the way Philadelphia sports are going right now, specifically with the Phillies moving on to the NCLS, the Linc will be rocking and in favor of the Eagles getting to work.

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