1. Cowboys Have Doug Pederson’s Number
It’s true that there’s not exactly a rivalry between Dallas and Jacksonville, but there will be a familiar face on the opposing sideline.
Doug Pederson took over as the head coach for the Jaguars this season after being out of football in 2021. Before that, he spent five years as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. He had success with them, going 42–37–1 in the regular season and 4–2 in the playoffs. He also won the Super Bowl in 2017.
Having said that, he never had sustained success against the Cowboys, going 5-8 during his time in Philly. And he admitted it bothered him. Back in 2019, Pederson said he thinks about the issues he had beating Dallas, going as far as to say they had his team’s number.
"“The Cowboys have been a team we’ve struggled with, honestly. It’s something we’ve just got to continue to work and try to overcome. They’ve had our number here recently and then really since my time here in Philly.”"
After these comments, Pederson did reel off two wins in a row, but his last meeting with Dallas came in December of 2020, which the Eagles lost by a score of 37-10.
This will be Pederson’s first game against his formal rival since leaving Philly Philly, and he’s going to want to come away with a win. The Cowboys should be able to stop that from happening — as long as they don’t overlook the Jaguars and focus on Pederson’s former team in Week 16.