Off the bye week, the 3-4 Eagles will match up against the 2-5 Cowboys on another Sunday Night Football presentation. Both teams are looking to stay in the hunt of a division title. Here is the crew’s predictions.
I have gone back and forth on how this one plays out and with the inconsistency of the Eagles this season, I still don’t have a feel for this one. In theory, the Cowboys are terrible without Tony Romo behind center. Yet the Eagles are dealing with their own injury issues and in fact the Cowboys are the ones who have gotten healthier. The return of Rolando McClain, Greg Hardy, and Randy Gregory have their defense playing pretty well up front where the Eagles are ailing. In order for the Eagles to claim victory in this divisional matchup, one of their wide receivers will need to emerge with a 100-yard game which has not happen since Jordan Matthews’ 10 catch/102 yd. performance in week one. Match the injury report with the fact that the Eagles offense just isn’t that good, I believe the Eagles rushing attack frustrates once again and Chip Kelly loses another big matchup as the season is potentially lost.
Final Prediction: Cowboys 20, Eagles 17
The Eagles come out of the bye week looking to start the second half of the season on a good note against the Cowboys. The loss of Jason Peters will play a HUGE roll as Greg Hardy has 3 sacks and 1 interception in his first three games. The Eagles defense will be looking to force turnovers against the a turnover machine in Matt Cassel. The secondary will still have to be cautious with Dez Bryant, who doesn’t look 100% but will come to play against his division opponent. I think the Cowboys will struggle to score in this game but I also believe the Eagles could have the same problem with all of their line issues. This game will come down to defense and who can take better care of the football.
This is a do or die game for Sam Bradford. If he turns the ball over early in this one, do not be surprised is you see Mark Sanchez warming up on the sideline. Bradford’s turn over issues have hurt the Eagles all season and the breaking point is on the horizon. Look for the Eagles to get the ball to Sproles and Murray early and often in this one. However, if Sean Lee is able to have the kind of game he had in week two, this will open up the vulnerability in the passing game for the Cowboys to intercept Bradford. I expect the Cowboys to come out on top in a low scoring affair.
Final Prediction: Cowboys 17, Eagles 14
With Jason Peters out, indications are that right tackle Lane Johnson will move over to the left side, and Matt Tobin will now replace Johnson. A shuffling of the offensive line could mean Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy could shift over to take advantage of Tobin which could potentially make it a long night for the Eagles offense. However, 4 of the last 5 matchups held in Arlington have been taken by the Birds. The key injuries of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant still recovering from a foot injury play a huge roll in this one as the back ups of Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel are a combined 0-5 and the trend should continue.
Final Prediction: Eagles 24, Cowboys 14