NFL Game Previews: Eagles-Cowboys Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Eagles-Cowboys Matchup

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Philadelphia (+4) at Dallas, o/u 51.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

I was very down on Jalen Hurts coming into the year, and while his Week 1 performance as a passer was good, it came against the Falcons. He looked more like I expected him to look in Week 2 against the NIners – sub-60 percent completion rate, sub-200 yards, but doing damage on the ground. The thing is, that might be enough to get Philly to an NFC East title this season, as the offensive line is healthier, DeVonta Smith gives them an actual downfield threat, and the defense seems better. This game should be a good test, as the Cowboys are also in better shape they were in 2020. Sure, Dak Prescott being back is a big part of that, but last week they barely needed him against the Chargers, instead riding Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and an aggressive, ball-hawking defense to an upset win over the Chargers. That defense is still vulnerable, but getting the Dallas offense more chances via turnovers definitely seems like a good idea. If the Eagles opposition gets caught in between trying to stop the run and the pass, things could go off the rails quickly. The wild card for the Cowboys is Micah Parsons, though. The first-round pick played at linebacker in Week 1 and looked like the team's best defender, then got forced to shift to defensive end last week with DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory both out and

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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