Cowboys vs Eagles: Gut projection
Projection: Dallas Cowboys 24, Philadelphia Eagles 21
The Dallas defense simply refuses to give up points. Giving up just 14.4 points per game and no more than one touchdown to any team, this unit is playing on fire. Also, the Eagles eventually have to lose a game. This could be the week.
Michael Irvin had 64 receptions and 1,047 yards against the Eagles. Dez Bryant had 64 receptions and 975 yards against the Eagles. The No. 88 has owned the Eagles and this could be CeeDee Lamb’s game to coronate himself as even more deserving of the 88 by a monster game against the Eagles. Lamb is ready to explode and 130-plus yards with two touchdowns could be that recipe.
The Philly defense is not bad, though. They allow just 17.6 points per game, 105 rushing yards per game, and 189 passing yards per game. They also have hauled in six interceptions to this point.
The key matchup in this game pits strength against strength. The Eagles run the ball well and have run for 210 yards and 139 yards in their last two games. The Cowboys defend the run well. They are coming off a game where they allowed just 38 yards to the Rams with six tackles for loss.
If Dallas can slow down the run game, Hurts is unlike other quarterbacks they have faced. His mobility changes things and will be a fantastic matchup against Micah Parsons’ speed and the rest of the Cowboys’ dominant defensive line.
I think America’s Team hands the Eagles their first loss of the season. Cooper Rush protects the ball and improves the passing game from last week to find the end zone a couple of times while managing field position. Philadelphia threatens late but the ‘Boys defense once again proves themselves as a top unit as they continue to position themselves well in the NFC East and the entire NFC.