Five big questions ahead of Cowboys-Eagles game on Sunday



PHILADELPHIA — Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox) has all the juice you could want in a Week 9 matchup.

It’s a rivalry game full of star power featuring two of the best teams in the NFC. A home win by the Eagles (7-1) would put them in a commanding position in the NFC East heading into the second half of the season, while a win by the Cowboys (5-2) would tighten things up significantly.

Dallas and Philadelphia split the season series last year. Injuries have been a major factor with the Cowboys quarterback Duck Prescott Sideline for the first game — an Eagles win — and the Eagles quarterback Jalen gets hurt Out for a rematch

Hurts and Prescott will get a chance to square off this time, and are each coming off four-touchdown performances.

Cowboys reporter Todd Archer and Eagles reporter Tim McManus answer the most important questions heading into one of the biggest games of the season.

Is Dallas equipped to slow down the WR? AJ Brown?

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Brown, who has an NFL-record six straight games with at least 125 yards receiving, had a combined 11 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys last season.

When the Cowboys lost Trayvon Diggs After tearing the ACL in his left knee in a Week 3 practice, there were major concerns about the cornerback spot.

Doron Bland There are more than one answer to any question.

He has three interception returns for touchdowns this season, a Cowboys record. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, he allowed a league-low minus-39.4 target EPA as the closest defender in coverage. Among at least 30 target angles, he and Stephen Gilmour Completion percentage allowed is in the top five (47.1% and 47.2%).

“He can anchor at the breaking point. You see his toughness as far as his crafty play and things like that,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said of Bland. “Obviously, we talk all the time about his ball skills and his ability to make plays on the ball. I think he’s definitely built for it.”

But keeping check brown will come down Micah Parsons And the pass rush affects Harts.

What answer do the Eagles have for Parsons?

They’ve done a good job of slowing down the pass-rusher to this point: He has a half-sack in three career games against Philadelphia.

That’s one reason why Hearts’ relationship with success is an ongoing threat. The Eagles will often “read” Parsons in zone-read games, forcing him to slow down his rush when Hurts carries the ball to the outside.

This time it may look different. Hurts is dealing with soreness in his left knee and hasn’t been much of a factor in the ground game lately, totaling 27 yards in the last two games after rushing for at least 28 yards in each of the first six.

It will be up to the coaching staff to find creative ways to limit Parsons’ production.

“That’s what you do with any good player in this league, you have to think about them a lot,” Eagles coach Nick Siriani said. “You have to think about them more than their loved ones think about them.

“When we played [Rams DT] Aaron Donald, much of our day was devoted to Aaron Donald. Clearly, Micah Parsons deserves the same honor.”

Is Philly equipped to slow down the WR CeeDee Lamb?

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Will CeeDee Lamb continue to put up big fantasy numbers?

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This is a tough matchup. Lamb is red hot, racking up 19 receptions, 275 yards and two scores in the previous two games, and he totaled 15 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles.

The Eagles’ secondary has been in flux for several weeks now, especially with the rotating cast due to injuries at safety and slot corner. It would make sense for Dallas to line up Lamb in the slot more often to take advantage of that weakness.

“He’s big. He’s physical. He’s fast,” Eagles defensive coordinator Sean Desai said of Lamb. “He has a big catch radius. He can win underneath. He can win after the catch on short throws in quick plays, and he can make you miss in space and go up and catch a contested ball. He’s a really good all-around receiver.”

Philadelphia is hoping for a recent acquisition of the veteran safety Kevin Byard Things will settle in the back end from the Tennessee Titans. For now, it will fall in large part on the defensive front to make Prescott uncomfortable and limit his throwing times.

Can Cowboy D Stop Philly’s ‘Tash Push’?

The short-yardage push, in which teammates help rush a first down or score, has been the NFL’s most unstoppable play this season.

The Cowboys’ defense is built on speed, not size. Their base defense basically has three safeties on the field. They replaced the 255-pound linebacker Leighton Vander EschOut with a neck injury, the 218-pound converted safety Markquese Bell.

Because the Eagles typically don’t make substitutions before running plays, the Cowboys won’t be able to matchup better by bringing in a bigger defensive tackle. The key will be to stay out of this situation. He converted two third-and-1 opportunities in the Hearts’ only meeting against Dallas last season. He had a third down, but Dallas had a penalty that converted a first down.

“It takes special time and coaching,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said. “They’re the best at it, right? When someone’s the best at something, it takes some new thinking and some new ways to stop it. It’s going to be a tough challenge, but it’s one we’re definitely up for.”

Dak vs. Jalen: What’s a stat for every QB to know?

Prescott Status: 0

Prescott has not had a pass intercepted in five starts at Lincoln Financial Field. That covered a span of 145 throws and included seven touchdown passes. But Prescott has been intercepted by the Eagles more than any other team in his career (eight times).

Heart Status: 8

The number of interceptions Hurts has thrown in eight games is after throwing six last season. Overall, he’s very effective as a passer — he’s on track for career highs in yards, touchdowns and completions — but he needs to cut down on turnovers, especially against a Dallas defense that ranks third in interceptions with nine.



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