Week 17 Preview: Eagles vs Cowboys

The Eagles have had one 50-yard rusher in the past two games

With the win, the Cowboys finished the season with a 9-7 record, the sixth time in Jason Garrett's seven years as the team's head coach that Dallas has finished at.500 or better. Just like last season, one team's locked up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the other has been eliminated from the postseason. The second-year passer came on in relief of Nick Foles in the second quarter, completing 19 of 23 attempts for 134 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The Eagles' title chances suffered a huge blow when quarterback Carson Wentz went down for the year. He tossed four touchdown passes against the Giants on December 17 but didn't look sharp on Christmas night in the win against the Raiders. This team has the playmakers on both offense and defense to go on a Super Bowl run.

The Eagles have a week off before their first playoff game. Dallas would love to finish their season with a bang but it could come at a cost in the form of a lower draft pick, and while that may not be on the minds of any of the current players it could be at the forefront of management and coaching staff, though I'm sure a one or two spot drop would be well worth the feeling of winning a road game against a bitter division rival.

That said, there seems to be nearly zero confidence in Nick Foles to lead the Eagles to a playoff victory. "It's more on feel, have to be smart, have to have a reasonable plan with those guys".

A memorable chapter of Eagles vs. Cowboys this was not. Philadelphia was 7-9 past year and entered this season with low expectations.

In a unusual way, Carson Wentz's injury nearly highlights the idea that this Eagles team was destined to go to the Super Bowl. "It's something I've mentioned". Defensive lineman David Irving is likely to miss his fourth straight game with a concussion.

Players have been raving about Sudfeld's play in practice, and while he wasn't flawless, Sudfeld held his own throughout the game despite not leading a scoring drive.

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All in all, Jones was targeted twice and allowed one catch for three yards.

Nate Sudfeld, seeing the first National Football League action of his career, made the most of his opportunity.

PLAYING FOR 2018: Prescott and Elliott now know both sides of life in the NFL, Elliott even more so because of the six-game suspension that ended before last week's game.

On offense, expect to see the Eagles go very pass heavy early on to try to get Foles into a rhythm. The Eagles are going to rely on their ground game and the defense, but at least they know the road to the conference championship runs through Lincoln Financial Field. This is the first time the Eagles have been shut out at home since 2005, and thankfully, it came in a game that does not matter.

"The first part of that is you've got to have a knack for protections, so we feel confident in there, and all of our backs do a great job", Reich said. Not the way you'd imagine a 13-3 regular season would end, but with no major injuries to the core guys who are left, it ends up being a success anyway. "I think certainly Jay is, and I think we're gaining more and more confidence with him in the pass game".

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