Both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles will try to shake off recent losses and inconsistent play when they meet in a Sunday night showdown.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 20
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas.
Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT.
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has not exactly given coach Jason Garrett a vote of confidence as much as he’s showing disinterest in making an in-season coaching change. The Cowboys (3-3) opened the season with victories over the Giants, Dolphins and Redskins. However, they have thrown away that start with losses to New Orleans, Green Bay, and most recently, the previously winless Jets.
Last Sunday’s 24-22 loss to the Jets could be explained away in terms of personnel issues–the Cowboys played without both their starting offensive tackles and lost starting wide receiver Amari Cooper three plays into the game when he aggravated a quad injury. But it does not hide the fact the defense was terrible in the first half when New York built a 21-6 lead, highlighted by a 92-yard touchdown pass.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott did well to rally the Cowboys. Prescott threw for 277 yards while Elliott rushed for 105 and a touchdown. But a failed potential game-tying 2-point conversion pass after Prescott scrambled for a four-yard scoring run consigned Dallas to its third straight loss.
The Cowboys endured such issues last season, starting 3-5 before storming to take the NFC East crown by winning seven of their last eight games. The offense has largely done its part–Dallas’ 398 yards versus the Jets were the second-lowest total of the season–but the inability to see the little things through has plagued the Cowboys during their skid.
Philadelphia (3-3) can empathize to a degree, with the Eagles also failing to find a level of consistency. The Eagles were outclassed 38-20 at Minnesota last Sunday. After linebacker Zach Brown called his former teammate and current Vikings QB Kirk Cousins “the weakest part” of Minnesota’s offense, Cousins connected on a pair of long touchdown passes 2:08 apart in the second quarter, creating an insurmountable 24-3 deficit in the first half. Cousins would go one to finish the game with 333 yards and four TD passes, and Brown was cut earlier this week.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson guaranteed a win in this game, but for his players to come through, they must improve on the defensive end. Philadelphia already ranks 29th in the league in pass defense, yielding 280.2 yards per game, and must now find a way to get better without Brown.
Philadelphia is also dealing with an injury issue at wide receiver as they’re still waiting on the availability of DeSean Jackson. He has missed the last four games with an abdomen injury and has long tormented the Cowboys, totaling 102 catches for 1,147 yards in 16 career matchups. Even without Jackson, the Eagles are still a strong offensive outfit, averaging 26.8 points.