NFC Game Of The Week
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
Eagles: After losing two games in a row after the 3-0 start, the Eagles came back to life and knocked off the previously unbeaten Minnesota Vikings behind a defensive performance that saw them sack Sam Bradford a total of six times. This is by far the best I’ve seen them look on defense and they are taking after Jim Schwartz, their defensive coordinator and it’s really showing. I don’t think many expected the Eagles to be 4-2 right now. Some of the experts had them tabbed in last place in the NFC East, but after these first six games, I’d gladly say they are the second best team in the division and it’s not even close right now. On Sunday night, they’ll face a familiar team that they’ve had some success against over the years.
Cowboys: What a start they’re off too and I can truthfully sit here and say that I wasn’t expecting this at all especially without Tony Romo. What a difference a year can truly make because around this time last year, the Cowboys were in the middle of a really bad losing streak. They would end up losing seven in a row. So, what’s been the difference this year? Ezekiel Elliott, that’s what. The Cowboys selecting him at number four in the 2016 draft had people talking and they still are but in a much different tone. With the way he’s run the football this year, you would think he’s been in the league for about five seasons. Dak Prescott has also been doing really well and it looks like he will remain the starter for the foreseeable future and this is a move I could not agree with anymore. The old adage is true: If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it. They’ll attempt to win their sixth in a row on Sunday night against a divisional rival.
Eagles Player To Watch: Zach Ertz– He’s the one guy on the field that many don’t speak about. As I’ve said before, he’s the best player on the Eagles that you’ve never heard of. With Matthews doing what he does and Philly trying to incorporate Dorial Green-Beckham more, don’t hesitate to get Ertz involved either, especially in the red zone.
Cowboys Player To Watch: Dez Bryant– He’s expected to be back after missing a few games due to injury. Believe it or not, this offense so far this year has been built around Cole Beasley and Ezekiel Elliott. Dez needs some love too. I look for him to show an immediate impact early on.
Prediction: The NFC East always gives us classic battles that come down to the final quarter of the game. This battle will have a different feel with two rookie quarterbacks squaring off. I like the Cowboys at home to keep winning. Cowboys 34 Eagles 24