Eagles at Cowboys: Week 7 Preview and Prediction

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By: Julio Olmo

The Cowboys and Eagles were always expected to be playing for first place in the NFC East.

The NFC East is the only division in the NFL in which every team has won a Super Bowl, and the fact that both teams are 3-3 is irrelevant, it comes down to divisional rivalry.

Eagles head to AT&T Stadium, coming off a big loss to the Vikings while the Cowboys are trying to end a three-game losing streak.

If there is a team that can relate to the Cowboys’ struggles, it would be the Eagles, who also sit at a disappointing 3-3 record.

“I know the sky is falling outside,” Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson said. “It’s falling and I get that and the fans are real. We’re going down to Dallas, our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we’re gonna win that football game and when we do we’re in first place in the NFC East, we control our own destiny, we’re right where we need to be. Has it been perfect or beautiful or all of that? No. But all we need to do is try to be 1-0 this week, beat the Dallas Cowboys, we’re in first place.”

Coach kind of backpedaled after making that initial statement, but his follow-up was more like a sorry-not really sorry line:

“They’re reeling like we are. They’re going to come out and play hard. They always have; they beat us twice last year. We’ve got a lot of things stacked against us going down there.”, Doug Pederson continued.

Coach is not shy, and he knows that the Super Bowl Honeymoon is over!

Keys to game?

The Dallas Cowboys are trying to make it seem as if they are just as banged up as the Eagles by holding out practice – as questionable, 2 of their top 3 wide receivers, both starting offensive tackles and 2 of the top 3 cornerbacks, but it is a fake injury report.

Players to watch?

Dallas’ wide receiver Amari Cooper and Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson.

Philly has struggled in pass coverage, and Amari Cooper has torched the Eagles’ secondary in the past, and that was before the Eagles missed out on the Jalen Ramsey sweepstakes.

D-Jax has been a pain in the Cowboys’ side for years – his 1,147 receiving yards against Dallas is the most against any of his career opponents.

But his status for Sunday is questionable at best as he recovers from an abdomen injury.

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Jerry Jones is spending a lot of time speaking highly of a head coach whose contract has not been extended.

Jerry Jones said quote,

“Jason Garrett is a “top coach” who would be “very sought after.”

The players refused to shake hands with him at one point during last week’s game as they came off the field, and Jerry has – for all intents and purposes, pretty much fired him already.

Jason Garrett might as well just show up to Sunday night’s game un-shaved, wearing a bathrobe and slippers.

Like my guy, Cedric The Entertainer is fond of saying,

“I love to follow foolishness…”.

Prediction?

Eagles 17 Cowboys 14.

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