The Cowboys and the reasons to beat the Eagles

DALLAS — The Dallas Cowboys go to Philadelphia to take on the underdog Eagles in front of bettors and the NFL world at large, as they have for most of the season.

But they can contend to win against what has been their toughest division rival in recent memory.

The Cowboys (4-1) visit the Philadelphia Eagles (5-0) this Sunday Night with their backup quarterback Cooper Rush starting most likely for the fifth week in a row, a revamped offensive line, but a great defense that has kept them in contention since Week 1 of the regular season.

Here are some of the reasons for the Cowboys to aspire to win over the Eagles on the road.

A better defense than it seems

The combination of a defense that’s better, more aggressive, quicker and better than the stats reflect has set the tone for Dallas’ four straight wins, combined with an offense that produces little with the backup quarterback but has avoided giving up of balls, be it fumbles or interceptions.

Micah Parsons he has played at an even better level than he did in his rookie year. He is one of the fastest players in the league and under pressure he can hold off fast quarterbacks, capable of getting out of the pocket, like the Eagles’ Jalen Hurt.

The attention Parsons generates in the opposing game plan has elevated the presence of several of his teammates, particularly linebackers. Leighton Vander Esch Y Anthony Barrwho are playing at a very high level.

The Dallas perimeter, led by Trevon Diggs Y Jayron KearseIt’s the best they’ve had in over a decade.

It will be difficult for Hurt to plant himself to pass and even more difficult to escape the pressure on the wings.

The only defense in the top 10 the Eagles have faced is the Jaguars (10)…

The Cowboys’ rivals are so concerned, and rightly so, with avoiding Micah Parsons, that at the moment they have to give more freedom to other players like DeMarcus Lawrence and Dorance Armstrong.

The entire NFL and its fans know Lawrence perfectly. Now they have begun to see Armstrong, who is having a great season and has a lot to do with Parsons making those around him better.

The Eagles’ offensive line is banged up. Armstrong is a very fast defensive end. Five sacks and two blocked kicks in consecutive games…

On the other hand, four of the Eagles’ five offensive linemen are battling injuries and were limited in practice all week.

Combination of power, explosion and block

The Cowboys backfield combines the best of two worlds, power and explosiveness, with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollar; both have a great season and arrive at Lincoln Financial Field healthy.

Elliott is winning the tough yards, punishing defenders with hitting. Then Pollard arrives and changes the pace of the game on the ground with runs with acceleration and elusiveness.

Last week, neither topped 100 yards but they combined for 136 yards on 30 carries in a win over the Los Angeles Rams.

As if that weren’t enough, offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has found a way to get them on the field together, whether it’s with Elliott at fullback and Pollard at halfback, or in passing play with the second wide receiver.

Elliott is having another great season as a blocker helping the offensive line.

quality wins

Winning five straight games to start the season undefeated is very difficult in the NFL. Nothing and no one takes credit away from the Eagles. But his calendar so far is not that it has been the most complicated either.

The Eagles have already beaten Detroit, Minnesota, Washington, Jacksonville and Arizona. I mean, four of their opponents finished over .500 last season and barely got rid of the Cardinals the week before.

Dallas defeated Cincinnati, Giants, Washington, Rams… That is to say, in their triumphs they have already beaten the 2021 champion and runner-up, New York (4-1) and Washington, which despite all its problems always grows by one of the most important Classics in the NFL.

They have taken the measure

But above all there are the intangiles. The Cowboys have beaten the Eagles three times in a row and in seven of their last nine meetings…

Last season, Dallas cleaned out Philadelphia by a combined score of 92-47. Jalen Hurts he has never won against the Cowboys as a starter…

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The Cowboys and the reasons to beat the Eagles