Well folks, it’s that time of the year again: Dallas. The Cowgirls come to the Linc this weekend for a Sunday night matchup. Let’s take a look at the two sides here.
The 3-5 Cowboys come into town on a short week after losing to the Titans this past Monday. I wish I could have made a joke about that being a bad loss, but we lost to them as well. You just hate to see it. Their wins come over the Giants, Jags, and Lions. Their losses are at the hands of Carolina, Seattle, Houston, Washington, and Tennessee. Bit of a strange collection of teams there as they haven’t played anyone I’d consider in the top tier. Until us! They made a big splash near the trade deadline by acquiring Amari Cooper from the Raiders for a first-round pick.
*pauses for laughter*
Cooper did have a fine first game for Dallas though, posting 8 catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. In one career game against the Eagles, Cooper has 3 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. From an on paper standpoint, Cooper does improve the Cowboys receiving core who had been abysmal prior. Over the last few weeks rookie Michael Gallup has begun to make some noise, but nothing overly concerning for the Eagles to worry about. I’m sure Cole Beasley will have one of his bigger games of the season because that is just how things work for us. The focus will be on containing Ezekiel Elliott. When he is tearing off run after run, it opens up their passing game both for him and the receivers. The last thing we need from a fan perspective is Dak to have a solid game against us. If we can mitigate Elliott I think we can hold them. Dallas’s defense has been fairly solid this year, but nothing we can’t handle. They have also lost Sean Lee to an injury again. The Cowboys are 3-5 for a reason and this is a beatable team.
Coming off the bye, we should be feeling healthy and ready for this game. The Birds will be back in their black uniforms for Sunday Night. We simply don’t lose when we look that good. Back to the football though, we are playing well and this is our game to lose. The addition of Golden Tate (who we acquired for a third round pick) will give Carson another weapon at his disposal. Side bar on the Tate trade: not only did we get a more productive receiver at a lower price, we still have three picks in the first two rounds next year AND if he doesn’t resign here we get a third or fourth round compensatory pick. One of many reasons why Howie is infinitely better than Jerry. Getting back to the game, despite news that Darren Sproles could return this week, that will not be the case. Sign were pointing to him playing if he could make it through a week of practice, but he unfortunately re-agravated the hamstring injury. Sproles was easy to forget last year because of the play of Ajayi, Blount, and the emergence of Corey Clement. The running back position this time around has not been as strong as last years due to injuries. If Sproles can eventually get healthy for the final stretch of the schedule however, he would be a great spark.
In other injury news, the injury report was populated with important names this week. Kelce missed practice for non-football reasons so he will suit up. However, it is looking increasingly unlikely that both Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones will suit up. This means Rasul Douglas will most likely get the start at outside corner. One surprising participant was Lane Johnson, whose initial diagnosis after leaving the last game was that he’d be out for some time. He is now expected to play. With a healthy line, new weapons, black jerseys and a crisp Sunday night at the Linc, I think the Eagles improve to 5-4 this week. Go Birds!