It’s Eagles vs Dallas in Philadelphia and that’s all anyone needs to know
What’s more “Philadelphia Fall” than a Cowboys vs Eagles game on a Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field? You’d be hard-pressed to find anything more Autumn traditional in Philly. What goes hand-in-hand with that is where to watch the game if you’re not live at The Linc. Whether in person or at the local bar, there’s no fan base that sticks together better than our Philly faithful. If you’re wondering where to go, you can find “Where to Watch” after the game preview below. I found it difficult listing only five bars as Philly is stocked with great places to watch this marquis match-up. But for now, I’ll take a shot at how this game may unfold. Both teams have come somewhat slow out of the gates in 2018. However, what’s more important is where each team is now, which should spell trouble for our rivals from Dallas.
The Dallas Cowboys
I’m not alone in that the Cowboys are simply playing to their level at a 3-5 record. Unfortunately, they’re right where they should be as they simply don’t have enough talent to keep up. Their only redeeming quality is running back Ezekiel Elliott, who’s 4th in the NFL with 680 yards carried. On Sunday, Elliott will be severely challenged to bust through the NFL’s second best run defense. In my opinion, their biggest problem has been their overvaluation of QB Dak Prescott. The (over)hype surrounding him has been quite the head-scratcher. He hasn’t even come close to 300 yards in a game this season posting a pedestrian 88.9 QB rating. Granted, he doesn’t have the best support, but he’s only eclipsed the 300 yard mark three times in his career. Dak Prescott will need to play out of his mind to pull off the most unlikely of upsets on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Carson Wentz has thrown for 300 yards three times this season alone en route to a 109.6 QB rating. Wentz gets some help with Darren Sproles* and Lane Johnson returning from injury after the bye week. The addition of All-Pro wide receiver Golden Tate via trade last week will only make matters worse for Dallas. Tate is not only a game-changing receiver, but he will open up opportunities for other receivers, like Nelson Agholor. While the team did struggle slightly against the Jaguars in London, they still pulled off the win which is all that matters. With two weeks off after their British invasion, the Eagles should be well rested and ready to crush the Cowboys in South Philadelphia. Dallas is running into an Eagles team that’s this close to putting it all together towards resembling the championship version we saw in February.
*Update: Unfortunately, Darren Sproles hamstring injury suffered a setback and he will not be in uniform on Sunday night. However, this shouldn’t change anything already prognosticated below.
Dallas will land in Philadelphia this Sunday, then travel to Atlanta next week to face the deadly Falcon offense. That said, they’ll probably sit at 3-7 on Monday November 19th. With both the Cowboys and the Redskins losing during the Eagles bye week, this will be a huge win as the Birds inch closer to 1st place in the NFC East. Looking ahead, this will set up quite a showdown in the final month of the season as the Eagles face off twice against Washington in December. As for this Sunday’s game, here’s my take on how it will pan out and sorry, Dallas fans, I said what I said:
Prediction: Blowout Alert – Eagles 44 Cowboys 17
WHERE TO WATCH:
McGillins Olde Ale House / Midtown Village
Cavanaugh’s / Headhouse Market
Jose Pistola’s / Rittenhouse Square
City Tap House / University City
Founding Fathers / Graduate Hospital