3 keys to victory against the Dallas Cowboys
20 October 2019 Eagles News
For the 10th straight year, the Eagles and Cowboys will meet on Sunday night football. Both teams head into this game 3-3, and both are desperate for a win. The Cowboys have lost 3 straight, and after an embarrassing loss to the Jets, they will be looking for a win to get back on track.
The Eagles are 2-1 in their last 3 games, however there has been a negative vibe around the team after last Sunday’s debacle. This team has had quite the week, from missing out on Jalen Ramsey, to having Jalen Mills officially announced as a starter this week, to the biggest story of the week, the “anonymous source” criticizing Wentz and the offense.
I entered the #Eagles locker room today with a strong idea the anonymous source wasn’t Alshon Jeffery or Nelson Agholor and I’m even more certain of it based on conversations with players and others close to them. Also, it’s not that big a deal. Players know negativity sells.
— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) October 18, 2019
This game is huge for both teams, and will be a big indicator of who is the best team in the NFC East. Here are the three keys to victory for the Eagles:
This is easily the biggest task for the Eagles. Zeke dominated the Eagles in 2018, and was a huge reason the Cowboys swept the season series. Every Eagles fan still has nightmares over this play from last year
Elliot had 264 yards on 47 carries in those two games, good for 5.6 yards a carry. Not only was Zeke stellar on the ground, he was effective in the passing game, going for 115 yards on 18 catches in those two games combined.
The Dallas offense will go as Zeke goes. If you are able to shutdown Zeke and make Dak Prescott beat you, your chances of winning the game drastically increase. During the Cowboys 3 games losing streak, Zeke has only averaged 67 yards rushing a game. The formula is simple: slow down Zeke, and you win.
Andre Dillard doesn’t have a Winston Justice Debut
With Jason Peters out on Sunday night with a knee injury, the rookie Andre Dillard will start his first game. Andre Dillard is a 1st round pick and the future at left tackle for the Eagles, however he will have a tough task on Sunday night.
The Cowboys have the 8th ranked defense in the NFL, and have been very underrated all season. Take away the Green Bay game, they have been a top 5 defense this season. They are only 15th in sacks with 14, however they do have the highest paid 4-3 end in the league in Demarcus Lawerence, who has yet to break out this season.
Dillard will probably be tasked with stopping Robert Quinn on Sunday, and he has been better than expected for this Cowboy team, leading them with 5 sacks.
Now, comparing this to Winston Justice against the Giants is a little much, however Dillard will be tasked with containing Wentz’s blind side in his first career start, and that does make me a little nervous.
Will an offensive weapon please stand up?
The Eagles will be without DeSean Jackson for the 5th straight week, which leaves Wentz shorthanded again. This offense has been begging for someone to step up and help Wentz, and this would be the perfect week for someone to break out.
Besides Alshon Jeffery, the Eagles have had a combined 62 yards from their other wide receivers, all of those 62 yards coming from Nelson Agholor. Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside have not had a catch in the past two games, which is abysmal. The worst stat of all, the Eagles lead the league this season in dropped passes with 17.
The Eagles leading receiver last game was rookie running back Miles Sanders, and that simply cannot happen. A receiver on this team has to step up and help Wentz, or this could be a long season.