The Eagles are back on top in the NFC East! Last Thursday, the Eagles made Daniel Jones look pretty good. If not for a late drop by Evan Engram on third down, the Eagles would be 1-5-1 and sitting third in the NFC East. It’s scary to think how narrow the line this team walks each week, but they managed to rally when they needed to against the Giants and get the much-needed win.
The Eagles did typical Eagles things in the first half of this game, but also made a very Eagles-like comeback and pulled it off.
As a team, the Eagles don’t look well-rounded, and they play to the level of their competition way too frequently. That being said, the Eagles have the rest of the season to work out the kinks. I’m not saying the playoffs are a given, but this has to be the most comfortable the Eagles have felt about their playoff prospects in a long time, which is kind of hilarious.
This team is still a mess and still can’t be trusted, but thanks to the rest of the division being god-awful, the Eagles are in great shape. On the injury front, Dallas Goedert has been activated from the injured reserve, as well as first-round pick, Jalen Reagor. Goedert shouldn’t be expected to play until week 10, but Reagor may be available for Sunday night’s prime time matchup against the NFC East’s second-place team (sounds better when we say it that way), the Dallas Cowboys.
Week 8 Preview
The Eagles are about to have their easiest game of the year. I’m saying this with confidence because I don’t even think the Jets are as bad as the Cowboys currently are. Thank goodness the schedule worked out so the Eagles wouldn’t be playing the Cowboys until Week 8, because a healthy O-line, healthy Dak Prescott, and happy team would not be an ideal matchup for the Eagles.
The Cowboys are likely going to be starting rookie, third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci. DiNucci is a seventh-round pick from James Madison University. He was originally passed on the depth chart at Pitt by Kenny Pickett and later transferred to JMU for his final two seasons. There’s not much about DiNucci that should worry the Eagles. He can scramble but it’s more Gardner Minshew-level than it is Daniel Jones-level.
Aside from the raw quarterback, the Cowboys offensive line has been decimated. Ezekiel Elliott looks like he doesn’t care to even take care of the ball, and the Cowboys defense is a complete and utter disaster. The Cowboys also just traded away Everson Griffen and have just cut Dontari Poe.
With the Cowboys in a complete freefall, or “re-build”, the Eagles have a nice chance here to go into the bye with a healthier hold on the division.
As for the Eagles, they rank near the bottom in points allowed per game (22nd) and in run defense (22nd) while, surprisingly, rank 7th in passing yards allowed per game. The misleading stat here is the passing yards allowed. Three of the past four opponents this season are low-volume, low-success passing offenses. Anytime you have a team that is ranked near the top in fewest passing yards allowed but near the bottom in points allowed, it’s not a good defense.
Week 8 Prediction
The Cowboys are a big joke. However, even in the NFL, there’s this thing called pride. A lot of players have it, and you can guarantee some of the Cowboys will at least be out there working hard to beat their bitter divisional rival. The biggest opportunity here for the Eagles is with their defense. The Eagles defense has a big chance here to get some real confidence and momentum heading into the bye week.
I doubt the Eagles take the Cowboys for granted here, but I also doubt the perception that the Eagles “always” play down to their opposition. The Eagles will be using Boston Scott a decent amount in this game, but expect to see them continuing to utilize Travis Fulgham and Richard Rodgers this week.
The tight end position is critical to the Eagles, so we can anticipate another heavy usage week from Rodgers here too. I don’t expect the Eagles to take a lot of chances. We should see the Eagles playing a relatively conservative gameplan here, as they’ll lean on their defense to position them for favorable offensive possessions.
I like for the Eagles to pull out to a decent lead, maybe 17-3 or something at the half. I would expect it to get a little worse for the Cowboys in the second half and the Eagles to cruise to a 30-10 victory.