Cowboys vs Eagles Week 18: history, weather, key players, and projection

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Malik Turner, Dallas Cowboys
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Cowboys vs Eagles: “Under the Radar” Players

Dallas Cowboys: Malik Turner, WR

Philadelphia Eagles: Arynn Siposs, Punter

With the unfortunate season-ending injury to Michael Gallup, the Cowboys are going to likely work Cedrick Wilson and Malik Turner into the rotation a bit more. We have seen Turner flash in his limited touches with his steady hands and elusiveness after the catch.

I can envision a game plan where the Cowboys give Dak Prescott and the starters about a quarter of action and get Turner involved. Getting that timing and in-game experience together could be invaluable for the playoffs.

After that, I do think that Cooper Rush and Turner could have a big day together with a second-string connection that has likely been growing all year in practice. They could also see the Eagles’ second-string defense and get some good matchups on the outside to expose them.

I hope the Cowboys bring Turner back as a depth piece in 2022, and this game could go a long way in that conversation. Turner knows he is playing for a lot this week. He is playing for his next contract and I always want to ride with a guy that has multiple reasons to put it all on the line.

For the Eagles, I see a lot of punts this week. Whether it is Jalen Hurts and their starters against the Cowboys’ starting defense or Gardner Minshew against Dallas’ backups, I think we have an advantage. I’ll get into it more next slide, but giving the Eagles any kudos pains me.

So, let’s see if their punter, Arynn Siposs (Anyone ever heard of this guy? Me neither) pins us deep, shanks some, or how he handles punting in the cold. The Eagles really do not have many players that jump off the screen at me when looking at their depth chart. Any that do, shouldn’t play this week. But that would require their head coach Nick Sirianni to make sound decisions and there’s no guarantee in that.

This game could be a bit of punt-fest between the 30s and the Cowboys have a huge advantage there with Pro Bowl punter, Bryan Anger.