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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys Preview and Predictions 10-20-2019
The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys expected to be battling for supremacy in the NFC East this season, but both clubs likely envisioned having better records heading into their Sunday night clash in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles fell to 3-3 following a 38-20 loss to Minnesota last week while the Cowboys own the same mark after dropping their third straight game with a 24-22 setback to the previously winless New York Jets.
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"We're going down to Dallas, and 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," Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said on 94.1 WIP. "We control our own destiny. We're right where we need to be." Carson Wentz, who threw for two touchdowns last week versus the Vikings, has 10 scores against just one interception in five career starts versus the Cowboys. Dak Prescott has six total scores (five passing, one rushing) en route to recording three straight wins against the Eagles, perhaps giving Dallas coach Jason Garrett a bit of optimism upon hearing Pederson's comments earlier this week. "My response is we're excited about the challenge," Garrett said. "Obviously they're a great football team and we're going to focus on ourselves and what we need to do to prepare to play our best football on Sunday night."
TV: 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Cowboys -2.5. O/U: 48.5
ABOUT THE EAGLES (3-3): Alshon Jeffery has been quite busy since returning from a calf injury, with the 6-foot-3, 216-pound wideout picking up 13 first downs on 19 receptions in that stretch -- with several catches coming off a screen behind the line of scrimmage. "He's a big target. It's a way to get him the football," Pederson said. "He's physical down the field." Jeffery had a team-leading 10 receptions for 76 yards last week and has found the end zone in each of his last two games against Dallas. Zach Ertz, who has four touchdowns in his last five contests versus the Cowboys, joins fellow tight end Travis Kelce (Kansas City) and Michael Thomas (New Orleans) as the lone NFL players with 50-plus receiving yards in each of his first six games this season.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (3-3): Amari Cooper's availability is in question against the Eagles after exiting Sunday's game against the Jets with a bruised thigh. "We'll take his situation day by day," Garrett said of Cooper, who torched Philadelphia with 10 receptions for 217 yards and three touchdowns in the last encounter. "Obviously, he's as tough as they come and does everything he can to get himself in position to play and play through some of those things. He's done that throughout his career. He's done that for us." With the availability of fellow wideout Randall Cobb (back) also in jeopardy, veteran tight end Jason Witten could be in line for an increased workload against the Eagles' 29th-ranked pass defense (280.2 yards per game) after recording season highs in receptions (five), targets (seven) and receiving yards (57) last week. The offense, however, likely will go through Ezekiel Elliott, who ran for a touchdown in his third straight game last week heading into a tilt with Philadelphia's second-ranked rush defense (72.8 yards per game).
1. Philadelphia WR DeSean Jackson (abdomen) is in line to return from a four-game absence on Sunday night.
2. Dallas DE Robert Quinn has five sacks in his last four games overall after collecting just 6.5 in his lone season with Miami in 2018.
3. Eagles LB Brandon Graham, who leads the team with four sacks, has 5.5 in his past seven meetings with the Cowboys.
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Key Players to Watch
- AnkleQues 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.
- StingerQues 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.
- HamstringOut 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.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Lawrence has a knee injury, but he is likely to play Sunday versus the Seahawks.
- ShoulderProb Sun | probable
Diggs is bothered by a shoulder injury, but he is expected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Seahawks.
- RibsOut 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.
- TeethQues Sun | questionable
Smith is ailing from a tooth issue, and it is unclear if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Falcons.
- AnkleProb Sun | probable
Lewis missed the last game with a left ankle injury, but he is likely to play Sunday against the Falcons.
- ArmQues 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.
- Upper BodyOut 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.
- HamstringDoub 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.
- AnkleOut Sun | out
Maddox left the last game with an ankle injury, and he will not play Sunday against the 49ers.
- LegQues 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.
- ThighOut indefinitely | I-R
James has been moved to the injured reserve list with a thigh injury, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.
- ThumbOut 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.
- ButtocksQues 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.