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Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Preview and Predictions 12-22-2019

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The NFC East boasts a rich and decorated history, but the division's quartet has left plenty to be desired this season with a 20-36 overall record and 14-14 mark among the top two teams. The Philadelphia Eagles, however, are trending upward after posting consecutive wins over the bottom two clubs and host the Dallas Cowboys in a game that ultimately could decide the division title.

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Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was quick to acknowledge the significance of Sunday's contest at Lincoln Financial Field, going so far as to admit that it likely serves as the biggest game of his career. "You could probably say that. It's definitely a big game," Wentz told reporters. "We know the situation. We know what's going on. At the same time, we're treating it as another game. But we're aware of everything." Philadelphia must win on Sunday to gain the advantage heading into its Week 17 tilt against the New York Giants, while a loss on Sunday would give Dallas the division title for the second straight year -- regardless of next week's results -- by virtue of a season sweep of the Eagles. "This is what you play the game for. When I was a little boy and dreamed about being the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, this is the situation you thought about being in and excited for this moment, this opportunity for our team," Dak Prescott said.

TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Cowboys -2 O/U: 46

ABOUT THE COWBOYS (7-7): Prescott, who has thrown for an NFL second-best 4,334 yards, elected against adding to the drama surrounding this high-stakes game by declaring that he'll "be good to go Sunday" despite dealing with a sprained right shoulder that limited him in practice this week. Pro Bowl selection Ezekiel Elliott certainly wasn't limited in the first encounter with Philadelphia, gashing the Eagles for 147 scrimmage yards (111 rushing, 36 receiving) and a touchdown in Dallas' 37-10 romp on Oct. 20. The two-time rushing champion eclipsed those gaudy totals last week after erupting for 160 scrimmage yards (117 rushing, 43 receiving) and two scores in a 44-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Star wideout Amari Cooper, who leads the team in catches (71), receiving yards (1,073) and receiving touchdowns (eight), had five receptions for 106 yards in the first meeting with Philadelphia.

ABOUT THE EAGLES (7-7): Wentz tossed an interception and had two of Philadelphia's three lost fumbles in the first matchup with Dallas. The fourth-year quarterback has answered the team's three-game losing skid by throwing for 591 yards and five touchdowns without an interception in two contests while dealing with an injury-depleted wide receiver corps. Zach Ertz, who is headed to his third straight Pro Bowl, has 47 receptions for 544 yards and five touchdowns over his last six weeks and leads NFC tight ends in receptions (84), yards (888) and scores (six). Miles Sanders had 172 scrimmage yards (122 rushing, 50 receiving) in the Eagles' 37-27 victory over Washington last Sunday to boost his season total to 1,120 (687 rushing), with both totals serving as franchise records for a rookie.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Dallas can still punch its ticket to the postseason with a loss on Sunday, but it would need to defeat Washington in Week 17 and have Philadelphia fall to the Giants.

2. Eagles DT Fletcher Cox, who is headed to his fifth straight Pro Bowl, had a sack and forced fumble in the previous meeting with the Cowboys.

3. Dallas has won five of its last six games in Philadelphia.

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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Eagles

  • Darius Slay

    Arm
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Slay was lifted from the previous game with an arm injury, and it is uncertain if he will suit up Sunday versus the 49ers.

  • Jason Peters

    Leg
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Peters was taken out of the previous game due to a left leg injury, and it is up in the air if he will line up against the 49ers on Sunday.

  • Quez Watkins

    Upper Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Watkins has been ticked for the injured reserve list with an upper-body injury. He has been designated for return, and it is uncertain if he will come off the IR in time for Sunday's game against 49ers.

  • Jalen Reagor

    Thumb
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Reagor has been sent to the injured reserve list with a torn UCL in his right thumb. It is up in the air when the team will designate him for return.

  • Miles Sanders

    Buttocks
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Sanders is bothered by a gluteus injury, and it is undetermined if he will be a participant in Sunday's battle with the 49ers.

  • Dallas Goedert

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Goedert has wound up on the injured reserve list due to a left ankle fracture, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • DeSean Jackson

    Hamstring
    Doub Sun | doubtful

    Jackson exited the previous game with a minor hamstring strain, and he is not expected to dress for Sunday's matchup versus the 49ers.

  • Avonte Maddox

    Ankle
    Out Sun | out

    Maddox left the last game with an ankle injury, and he will not play Sunday against the 49ers.

Dallas Cowboys

  • Chidobe Awuzie

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Awuzie has wound up on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear how long he will be idle.

  • Joe Looney

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Looney left the previous game due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday versus the Browns.

  • Tyron Smith

    Stinger
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith has missed the past two games with a neck stinger, and it is unclear if he will return against the Browns on Sunday.

  • Demarcus Lawrence

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lawrence has a knee injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Seahawks.

  • Trevon Diggs

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Diggs is bothered by a shoulder injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Seahawks.

  • Anthony Brown

    Ribs
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been moved to the injured reserve list, and it has yet to be established when he will return to the fold.

  • Aldon Smith

    Teeth
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Smith is ailing from a tooth issue, and it is unclear if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Falcons.

  • Jourdan Lewis

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lewis missed the last game with a left ankle injury, but he is likely to play Sunday against the Falcons.