Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles: Preview and Predictions

Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Eagles won 33-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones (31) during the second half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Eagles won 33-27 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports /

This evening the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys will host the 4-2 Philadelphia Eagles in a much anticipated NFC showdown. Here’s what to expect.

The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their bye week, face a familiar foe with an unfamiliar face. Gone are the Eagles of yesteryear. The 2016 Eagles are a much more formidable foe. Led by 2nd overall pick and rookie of the year candidate, Carson Wentz, the Eagles have been turning heads, even beating the previously unbeaten Minnesota Vikings last week.

The Eagles boast the best defense and special teams the Dallas Cowboys have faced to-date. Carson Wentz fell back to earth last week but remains every bit the threat he’s been earlier in the season.

Here are the predictions:

Dink Kearney, Sport DFW Staff Writer

The Dallas Cowboys face their hated nemesis, the Philadelphia Eagles, in a Sunday Night showdown that is for the division lead. With rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott guiding the team on a five game win streak, the Cowboys are the hottest team in the NFL right now.

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The Eagles traditionally play the Cowboys tougher than any team in the NFL. This game will be a hard fought slug fest in the trenches and points will be earned the hard way. The Cowboys will exploit the Eagles run defense because Philly will be without nose tackle Bennie Logan (strained groin).

If the Washington Redskins running back Matt Jones can run wild on Philly’s defense, I expect the Cowboys do the same thing and more. Zeke Elliott will record his fifth straight game with 130 yards or more rushing, and Dak will continue to play like a seasoned veteran completing a few touchdowns passes to Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant.

After a week to rest, the Dallas front four will pressure and sack rookie QB Carson Wentz and create turnovers. The game will start off tough, but in the second half the Cowboys will pull away and dominate Philly’s worn out defense. This win will put the Boys firmly in the NFC East’s driver seats and a legit threat in the NFL.

Dallas 34 Philadelphia 21

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Stephen Francis, Sport DFW Expert/Editor

It seems like this has been the sentiment every week, but here it goes: The Eagles will be a good barometer for where the Dallas Cowboys stand. It’s really a point that could be made every week about most opponents across the NFL.

This is a rivalry game, coming off a bye week, against the opponent closest to the Cowboys in the NFC East standings. And with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz leading the Philadelphia offense, there area lot of similarities between them and the Cowboys.

The difference is the lack of a solid running game. This is where Dallas has the edge, and it will show a difference on the scoreboard and in time of possession. In the end, the Cowboys will win with some key late drives

Dallas 35 Philadelphia 30.

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Reid Hanson Sport DFW Editor/Expert

Last week the Eagles took down the last undefeated team in the NFL. They did so with a dominant pass rush and a lock down secondary. Injuries have plagued their secondary but the pass-rush remains strong. The Dallas Cowboys will need to avoid obvious passing situations and keep their 3rd downs as short as possible.

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Philly will be committed to stop the run and will push all their resources into the middle.

Dak will need to win this game in the first half and allow Zeke to take over in the second half. Brice Butler, Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant will all get their opportunities on the outside, it will be up to Dak to find them.

Predictions are overwhelmingly in the favor of the home team tonight and I’m very hesitant to join them knowing how good this Eagles team really is.

The Cowboys’ defense remains hapless in the pass rush department (Pro Football Focus’ second worst in the NFL) and it will be hard to force Wentz into mistakes.

Dallas 30 Philadelphia 28

Dan Ruppert, Sport DFW Staff Writer

It is starting to look like the NFL is figuring out Carson Wentz. The Dallas Cowboys have had a week off to study the tape and prepare even more. this is a huge advantage to a defense already playing well.

On offense I think Ezekiel Elliot will wear down the Eagles defense and have another huge day. I would watch for a big play from either Dez Bryant or Cole Beasley later in the game on a play action pass.

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This will still be a fight, but I think the Cowboys will win this going away.

Cowboys 34 Eagles 24