The Cowboys are getting desperate for a win after losing back-to-back games to drop to 3-5 on the season. Dallas is two games behind Washington in the NFC East standings and is starting a run of five straight games against teams that are .500 or better, including two games against the Eagles. If the Cowboys don’t win this game, they could see their season slip away quickly.
The Eagles are one game better than Dallas in the standings but decidedly less desperate for a win. Philly is 4-4 and coming off their bye week, which was preceded by a win over the Jaguars in London. Of course, the Eagles also have some challenging games down the stretch, and they certainly don’t want to fall below .500, especially when overtaking Washington for the top spot in the NFC East may be their only path to the playoffs.
A New Low
On Sunday, the Cowboys will face a Philadelphia defense that’s nearly as good as the one they faced last week against the Titans. The only difference is now they’ll be doing it on the road. With Amari Cooper getting another week of practice with the Cowboys and becoming a bigger part of the offense, there is hope that his presence will start to make a difference. However, the Cowboys will struggle again on offense if they can’t do a better job of playing to their strengths and run the ball effectively.
Cleared for Takeoff?
To be fair, it’ll be interesting if the Eagles are able to find their groove offensively coming out of their bye. The key will be finding a solution to the running game, an area where consistency has been an issue since losing Jay Ajayi to injury. Of course, the Cowboys are also the owners of a top-5 defense, so they have a chance to contain Wentz and company despite giving up 28 points to Marcus Mariota and the Titans last week.