Oh boy, have things gotten interesting in the NFC East. With Mark Sanchez now leading the way for the Washington Redskins, it’s essentially down to just the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys for the division crown. The Eagles have slowly moved back into the race. It’s been a rocky road for the defending champions. If they lose Sunday, that could be a wrap for their playoff hopes. They still have to play the Los Angeles Rams then the Houston Texans...only two of the NFL’s best and hottest squads. The Cowboys come into this game riding high after a stunning 13-10 win over the New Orleans Saints. A win at home puts them in good position to win the division.
It took the Eagles until Week 13 to put together a two-game win streak. Are they back? It’s hard to say that considering they had to come from behind to beat the New York Giants and the Mark Sanchez-led Redskins. But winning a huge divisional matchup on the road would signify they are back. The Cowboys beat them in Philly a month ago, and the Eagles are seeking revenge. Carson Wentz threw for 306 yards and two TDs against the Redskins last week. We have yet to see a lot of mobility from Wentz, which was key in his sensational season before tearing his ACL last year. Josh Adams rushed for a career-high 85 yards last week. Zach Ertz set the franchise record for most receptions in a season; he's up to 93 and counting. Ertz needs just 22 receiving yards to hit the 1,000-yard milestone. The Eagles will ask Brandon Graham and Nigel Bradham to pressure Dak Prescott and will stack the box to stop Ezekiel Elliott from running wild.
Elliott ranks second in the NFL with 1,150 rushing yards and 1,573 yards from scrimmage. Elliott has at least 140 yards from scrimmage yards in all three career meetings against the Eagles. Dallas comes into this game with some extra rest after playing last Thursday. Their defense came up huge yet again, holding the Saints offense to 10 points. They only put up 13, though. The Cowboys need to find Amari Cooper against an Eagles secondary that isn’t great. The Cowboys' remaining schedule has the Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Giants. A win in this game would give the Cowboys the division tiebreaker if it comes down to that.