The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are able to show which team to beat in the NFC East. The Washington football team may be the reigning champions in the division and are also in the mix, but these two teams have really been the big dogs of this division and feel like the East is going through them. The Cowboys go through the business of the week as usual, while the Eagles add fuel to the heat with their head coach Nick Sirianni making his debut in his “Beat Dallas” jersey to piss off his team. We will have to see if this helps his team to motivate themselves.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at this Eagles squad and see what the Cowboys face on Monday night.
2020 review: 4-11-1
Last meeting: 12/27/2020 Cowboys 37, Eagles 17
The Head Coach: Nick Sirianni
Key additions: WR DeVonta Smith (Rookie), S Anthony Harris, DE Ryan Kerrigan, CB Steven Nelson
Key losses: S Jalen Mills, OT Jason Peters, WR DeSean Jackson, DT Malik Jackson
Greatest offensive strengths and weaknesses
The Eagles offense is a little hard to assess right now because in week one they faced perhaps the worst team in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and looked pretty dominant, but when they did faced the San Francisco 49ers last week, the offense couldn’t get anything. Go. That being said, the Cowboys need to be careful against this team as they are very aggressive and like to shoot deep depending on their Week 2 game plan, and we know how hard the Cowboys struggled last season to stop the ball deep. The Eagles will be looking to start their running game early in order to set up their deep ball, so the Cowboys will need to keep quarterback Jalen Hurts and running back Miles Sanders on small payouts. Otherwise. Hurts will be able to freeze the defense long enough to have his quick receivers in DeVonte Smith, Jalen Reagor and tight ends Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz if he’s able to play.
If there is one weakness to this attack, it’s that Hurts grabs the ball in the pocket. and its uneven precision. He’s still not straying quickly enough from his primary reading and this has allowed teams to affect the Eagles’ passing play. Hurts has only been sacked three times, but putting him uncomfortable in the pocket in the past has caused him to take risks and throw bad shots. Perfect for a reborn Cowboys ball peddling secondary. He also seems to give up in midfield so the Cowboys can tilt their cover to the outside of the hash.
The greatest defensive strengths and weaknesses
The strength of this defense has always been their defensive line, with an efficient passing stroke and run-packed defenders in the middle they have managed to cope with opposing offensive lines in the past. This season is no different, in three games they’ve managed to collect three sacks, nine tackles for a loss and 11 quarterback hits. They’re going to need that line of defense to really measure up against a really good offense from the Cowboys, but if that line of defense can control the line of scrimmage, the Cowboys are going to have a tough day.
While the Eagles’ defensive line is their greatest strength, they have lost their best passer to Brandon Graham (Achilles) for the season, which will put pressure on Josh Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan and Derrek Barnett to make plays. . They will also have to deal with their two big bodies inside Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave. Cox showed up on the injury report this week with illness, but will likely play. Look for the Cowboys to attack the edge of that defense in the running game and with on-screen passes to take advantage of overzealous passer looking to make up for Graham’s loss this week.
It’s a big week for the Dallas Cowboys and an opponent they obviously know. We discussed the most important clashes on Monday night, figured out which specific Eagles might be a problem, and went behind enemy lines with our friends from Bleeding Green Nation on our official preview show on Blogging The’s YouTube channel. Boys.
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