The Eagles nearly gave themselves full control of their destiny, but Kyler Murray and the Cardinals really executed well. With a shot last week to grab a late lead, the Eagles couldn’t get it done in the clutch.
Following a go-ahead Cardinals touchdown, the Eagles had one final chance to go the length of the field, but perhaps they were just outclassed by a slightly better team in the end.
The Philadelphia Eagles are 2 point dogs against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend, according to the DraftKings Online Sportsbook. Can they cover during Week 16?
Eagles need some luck to make the playoffs
It was an admirable effort from the Eagles. Jalen Hurts looked promising and the Eagles appeared motivated. Now, we can finally get back to the issues plaguing the team aside from Carson Wentz. Wentz was a big cloud around this team for a long time.
Whether people were making excuses for him or he was getting the majority of the blame, Wentz was atop all the discussions for most of the season. The ugly truth about this team behind was the offensive line and the defense. With Hurts now at quarterback, the offensive line woes are more discrete, but the holes in this defense are difficult to ignore.
It seems no matter the situation, this defense is going to give us a mixed bag of results. For much of the season, the microscope was on the run defense, but allowing 406 yards passing to Kyler Murray reminds us the Eagles’ issues go far beyond just run defense.
With just two more weeks to go in the season, the Eagles need everything to go their way. They will need to win out, the Washington Football Team to lose to the Panthers, and the Giants must lose to the Ravens next week. That’s not asking a lot. Carolina is just a 2.5 point underdog to the Washington Football Team, and Dwayne Haskins just broke protocol by going to a strip club, so Alex Smith might be rushed into action this week.
The path to the division title is arduous, but not impossible. With Jalen Hurts progressing exponentially, this could be either a top five pick situation for the Eagles or a playoff appearance at the end of the road. It’s not too shabby, given the way the season has gone thus far.
Week 16 Preview
The Eagles are two games away now from either the playoffs or a top five pick in the NFL draft. They’ll face off against their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have been a relatively competent team over the past month or so. They’re winners of their last two, and three out of their last five.
The Cowboys defense still has plenty of issues, but they looked really good against the Bengals two weeks ago. Offensively, they’re looking much more potent as of late. Following the Thanksgiving game that got away from them, the Cowboys have averaged 35.5 points over their last two games. Dallas looked pretty offensively competent last week, so I expect that should keep up. Tony Pollard looked incredible last week and the Cowboys offense was rolling.
The Eagles are finally getting their offense in full gear. Jalen Hurts did a lot more than simply moving the chains a week ago, and the Eagles were very close to pulling off another upset last week.
This week, they’ll be in a matchup very different than their first meeting against the Cowboys. In their first meeting, the Cowboys started Ben Dinucci, which was just as terrible of an idea as it seemed. Carson Wentz just needed to not have an awful game for the Eagles. In the end, the Eagles covered because of a scoop and score, and we rejoiced because we got bailed out on that score line.
Week 16 prediction
I expect the Eagles’ offense to be fine in this game. They should be able to balance the run and the pass equally well. It’ll be interesting to see if the Cowboys give Hurts the Kyler Murray treatment and just try to force him to throw out of the pocket.
Realistically, the best way to stop Hurts right now is forcing him to stay in the pocket and pick apart the secondary. There is a level of chemistry that probably isn’t quite there between him and his receivers on timing routes. Other than that, the best way to slow either offense right now is just to control time of possession.
I believe the Eagles will run a balanced attack for a good portion of this game. I expect a similar approach from the Cowboys. This is one of those games where both offenses should be great and the only hope either team has is through turnovers and/or time of possession.
I think the Cowboys will be fired up at home, but I can’t help but think back on that Thanksgiving meltdown and think that is a possibility in this game. Since the Eagles have had Hurts in, they are playing inspired football, and I expect they’ll come out on top in the end.