Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys: Three Key Matchups to Watch
One of the key games of the entire seasons rests between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. What are the most important matchups to watch?
Zach Ertz and Brent Celek hope to attack Cowboys safeties
One of the more underrated part of the Eagles offense that has helped them become so explosive is their pair of pass catching tight ends. Veteran Brent Celek and rookie Zach Ertz have combined for over 850 yards and nine touchdowns. They will see a Cowboys defense, particularly a pair of safeties that have struggled all season. The size advantage Ertz and Celek will have from the outset is something Nick Foles must exploit, especially in the red zone where the pair have enjoyed so much success already this season.
Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams must produce on Eagle corners
On the other side of the ball, the Eagles secondary figures to have its hands full with the Dallas Cowboys receivers. Dez Bryant has developed into a star while rookie Terrance Williams is becoming one of the biggest playmakers in the NFC. Both will need to play their best football and they know it with Kyle Orton likely to start in relief of Tony Romo, who is nursing a herniated disc in his back. A strong pass rush helped the Eagles last week against Chicago but if it cant get revved up again in the finale, Bryant and Williams should see plenty of openings down the field.
Monte Kiffin shut down Chip Kelly once but must do so again
The last time the Philadelphia Eagles offense saw the Cowboys, it managed three points. It was by far the best coaching performance of the season for Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. He will need some of that same magic again with Chip Kelly likely to make some adjustments for Philadelphia. Part of the recipe is finding a way to slow down the running game of LeSean McCoy. Doing that often disrupts the Eagles attack, and forces Foles to throw. That in turn could open him up to the pass rush, provided the Cowboys are up to that part of the task, which is no guarantee.
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