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The Philadelphia Eagles want to avenge the overtime loss they sustained the last time they visited the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys would like to prove they can win without running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Sean Lee in the lineup. Both NFC East teams acknowledge Sunday’s contest is a rivalry game with plenty at stake as the season turns toward the home stretch.
Eagles fans certainly will be expecting a win over the Cowboys as Philadelphia (8-1) enters the game with the best record in the NFL. Dallas (5-4) has had more peaks and valleys at this point and the Cowboys know they’re looking at another steep climb.
The Cowboys were riding a wave of momentum after a win over Kansas City made it three in a row, but the good vibes came to an abrupt halt with a 27-7 loss at Atlanta on Sunday.
Dallas had a setback before the game started as the clock finally ran out on Elliott’s numerous court appeals of his six-game suspension. He began serving the ban for violation of the NFL’s personal-conduct policy and reportedly left the country late last week.
Things got worse for Dallas in a hurry when Lee exited the game with a hamstring injury early in the contest. Lee has proven crucial to the Cowboys’ overall success as they dropped two games he missed earlier in the season – at home against the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers on consecutive weeks – with a similar injury.
The Cowboys will be leaning heavily on Dak Prescott to ignite the offense despite key absences. Prescott still has plenty of quality targets as tight end Jason Witten and wide receivers Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, among others, are still relatively healthy and ready to go.
Dallas’ defense bears some responsibility in keeping the Cowboys out of an offensive free-for-all.
That won’t be easy as Philadelphia enters with the NFL’s fourth-best offense. The Eagles are averaging 377 yards and 31.4 points on the strength of quarterback Carson Wentz’s tremendous second season in the league. Wentz has passed for 251 yards per game with 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
Since these are two NFC East rivals, no matter what the records say this should be a close game. I expect the Cowboys to show their heart and determination in getting a close victory.
Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 28 Philadelphia Eagles 21