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Tough to pass up such a generous point spread, but buyer beware on these shaky Dallas Cowboys who look ready to implode, though the Eagles aren’t looking much better lately.
Cowboys +8.5 (-110)
|Cowboys vs Eagles Information|
|What||Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles|
|Where||Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA|
|When||SNF, Sun, November 1, 2020; 8:20 PM ET|
|How to watch||NBC|
The NFC East is up for grabs, three 2-win teams vying for the top spot, with two of those facing off in this Week 8 Sunday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys who are struggling to figure out who their quarterback is, and the Philadelphia Eagles, who can’t keep theirs from being sacked or picked off.
The Cowboys and Eagles are desperate for a win because that would put them atop of their division, so both teams will be fighting hard in this one despite it seeming like a battle of possible might-have-been.
These two divisional rivals have met up 122 times prior to this game (including 4 postseason matchups), with the Philadelphia Eagles winning 53 of these divisional games and the Dallas Cowboys winning 69 of them.
After Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury, his backup Andy Dalton has had to fill in, and let’s just say the results are mixed, with the results being an 0-2 record and a season that looks like it’s going nowhere fast.
Dalton is currently on concussion protocol after a big hit he took in Week 7, so now he is listed as questionable and will most likely become a game-time decision, and a critical one at that.
The good news is there are two more backups behind Dalton, and the better news is that one of them is ex-XFL star Garrett Gilbert who Dallas just picked up from the Browns, so if Dalton can’t go McCarthy will have to give Gilbert a chance or else it would go to rookie James Madison.
The Eagles have eight players that are listed as questionable for Week 8, all of them being game-time decisions at this point.
The defense could be missing some key playmakers if they cannot heal up, including DE Genard Avery (elbow), LB Nate Gerry (ankle), and DT Malik Jackson (ankle), all tough competitors who will most likely suit up but whose performance might be limited due to their healing injuries.
Next man up has been a common theme in 2020, so the Eagles will have to make do with no excuses, but it would help to have as many starters on the field as possible because this is a must-win situation in a division that could go to anybody.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was the fourth most productive at his position last season, is currently ranked 9th with 113 carries for 458 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns on the season, plus 33 catches for another 210 yards and 1 touchdown.
Decent numbers, of course, but Zeke needs to do better and start carrying his dying Cowboys on his wide back because even though they have the most productive passing numbers right now, those mostly reflect what injured QB Dak Prescott had put up, and right now Dallas is hurting at the QB position.
So it would help the team if the now 24th ranked rushing attack did get better, but that means that head coach Mike McCarthy has to feed Elliott the ball more often, because right now his yards per attempt is at 4.1, which is tied for the lowest level of his career.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz has had prior seasons cut short due to injuries, and if he does not want that to happen in 2020 he might want to talk to his offensive line, who has allowed a league-leading 28 sacks to happen to their main man.
That’s only nine fewer sacks than they allowed all of last season, so at this pace, Wentz may not survive, a situation that head coach Doug Pederson might want to put on his to-do list of fixes that appears to keep growing.
Another way Wentz is leading the league is in throwing interceptions, with ten on his stat line already, which is three more than he had in each of the last three seasons so that heavy pressure he’s having to endure is definitely causing accuracy issues.
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