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By Zach Walker
Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys
Sunday – October 30 – 7:30 p.m.
AT&T Stadium – Arlington – Texas
Records Before the Game
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2, 1-2 Away)
Dallas Cowboys (5-1, 2-1 Home)
Who do the Cowboys need to shut down?
WR Dorial Green-Beckham – This might seem strange, to highlight a player on the Eagles that has only thirteen catches, less than two hundred yards and caught his first touchdown as an Eagle last week against the Vikings. Green-Beckham is a matchup nightmare that has yet to be fully utilized. Six foot six that runs very well and in the red-zone could be an ultimate weapon in Carson Wentz and Frank Reich’s arsenal. Jordan Matthews is going to occupy the top coverage, then Nelson Agholor will get number two attention, but Green-Beckham could get one-on-one with Bandon Carr and in the red-zone and that could get dicey.
Who on the Cowboys, needs to step up?
WR Dez Bryant – Alright, I thought coming into this season, getting past the contract-negotiation and injury plagued 2015, that Dez and Romo were going to fight for comeback player of the year by crushing it. Cliff Avril crushed Romo and Dez got injured in games one and two and Dak Prescott has looked like he really doesn’t even know that Dez was missing. Dez Bryant needs to get revved up a take every catch opportunity by the face and do those ‘Dez things’ that makes him a two-man responsibility on defense. I want to see vintage Dez Bryant, game-breaking Dez Bryant.
Which group will give the Cowboys fits?
The Eagles’ Pass Rush – Even the most dyed True Blue, with Lombardi Trophy calf tattoos and the Triplets plastered from shoulder to shoulder, can look at the Eagles’ front on defense and give the respect that they’ve garnered. Connor Barwin and Vinny Curry coming off the edge are truly an every down nuisance, and attempting to carve through the middle, Fletcher Cox, the best defensive lineman in the NFC East. These guys are going to be a problem. They ransacked the Minnesota Vikings offensive line like Mongols on thirteenth century China. This matchup isn’t as safe as Cowboys’ fans would love to think it is, because Jim Schwartz is going to throw waves at the Cowboys’ rookie quarterback to deal with.
Which group will give the Eagles fits?
The Cowboys’ Run Game – As dangerous as the Eagles’ pass rush is, their run defense is not favorable versus what the Cowboys do best, slam the ball. The Cowboys have taken the ball, and in the previous two games, smashed a team that hadn’t yielded a one hundred yard rusher in 16 games and then went on the road to a team that was ranked in the top-five in rushing defense and trounced them. The Eagles are 24th in the league in rushing defense, and the list of teams they’ve faced aren’t impressive running teams. The defensive line of the Eagles are quarterback hunters, they slope the field towards pass rushing, not the containing of the running game. The Cowboys offensive line is going to be tested in pass protection and will be able to flex their collective skill and strength when the ball is in the grip of 21.
What will it take for the Cowboys to win?
Run the ball, then slam the ball. The Cowboys need to just play they’re game then impose themselves on the Eagles. I do think that this is going to be a great game. A serious slump-buster for the “Ratings Crisis” of laughable primetime games.
Prediction: Dallas 31 – Philadelphia 21