The Dallas Cowboys may have exited the playoffs in short order once again last season, but they will still be correctly placed firmly atop the hypothetical NFC East leaderboard in 2022. However, the Philadelphia Eagles have a somewhat respectable chance of dethroning them.
The Eagles were widely heralded for their selections of Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean in the NFL Draft, as well as using their second first-round pick to acquire a No. 1 wide receiver in AJ Brown via trade. If Jalen Hurts takes a step forward, the Eagles will clearly be the biggest threat to Dallas in the NFC East.
That doesn’t mean the Cowboys should be viewed as scrappy underdogs. With their arsenal of star power on the offensive side of the ball, Mike McCarthy’s bunch will once again be the leader of the pack in the East. Hall of Fame receiver Drew Pearson is not taking the threat of Philadelphia very seriously.
“We should have a lot of confidence that we can dominate the NFC East,” Pearson said on Zach Gelb’s podcast. “We’re not that afraid of Philadelphia.” With Pearson mentioning that the Cowboys scored 90 points (92, actually) on Nick Sirianni’s playoff-bound Eagles last year, Dallas has reason to be confident.
Drew Pearson thinks the Cowboys will crush the Eagles.
The additions of Haason Reddick and James Bradberry will help Philly put up more resistance than they did in 2021, but what remains clear is that defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon had no answer for Dak Prescott or Kellen Moore last season. That scheme likely won’t change.
Even without Amari Cooper on the roster, CeeDee Lamb, Ezekiel Elliott, and a reinvigorated Michael Gallup will be more than enough to give the Eagles some problems on defense. No amount of Miles Sanders breakout games can nullify that.
While Hurts taking the next step could make the Eagles much more dangerous offensively, it might be unwise just to assume he will do so. Philly has more talent than they did prior, but Dallas is in a completely different tier regarding skill position quality on the offensive side.
Pearson’s comments could easily be knocked down by rival fans who will accuse him of shilling for his former team. Unfortunately, that complaint falls at the first hurdle. The Eagles may be building something that can eventually rip Dallas’ grip on the division away, but they are a few steps away from turning that into reality.