Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 9, 2018
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Preview for digital sports Desk by Gracenote
The Dallas Cowboys began the turnaround to their season by watching Ezekiel Elliott score twice in a 27-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 11. The Cowboys bid to strengthen their grip atop the NFC East and push their winning streak to five games at AT&T Stadium on Sunday when they vie for their first season sweep of the Eagles since 2012.
Elliott rushed for 151 yards and added six catches for 36 yards in Philadelphia on that night, beginning a stretch of four games in which he totaled 666 scrimmage yards (469 rushing, 197 receiving) and five touchdowns. The 2016 NFL rushing leader hasn’t spared the Eagles since entering the league, erupting for 476 scrimmage yards in three encounters. Philadelphia answered its setback to Dallas by getting shellacked by New Orleans, but has since regained its swagger with consecutive victories over NFC East rivals New York and Washington to remain one game behind the first-place Cowboys with four to play. “I mean, you look at Dallas’ history, they always choke. So we’ll go down there and make them choke.” Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill said, via NBC Philadelphia.
TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Cowboys -3.5. O/U: 44
ABOUT THE EAGLES (6-6): Carson Wentz, who reached the 300-yard plateau for the fifth time this season in Monday’s 28-13 win over the Redskins, threw for a season-high 360 yards to go along with a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Zach Ertz in the first meeting with Dallas. Ertz posted campaign bests in receptions (14) and receiving yards (145) in that contest and could become the fourth tight end in NFL history to record at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in a single season with seven catches and 22 receiving yards on Sunday. In-season trade acquisition Golden Tate made his presence felt with seven receptions for 85 yards and a score against Washington and aims to light up the Cowboys for the second time this season, having done so with eight catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit’s 26-24 setback on Sept. 30. “I don’t think about the individual too much. I just wanted to be available when my time came and wanted to help this team win and win a lot,” the 30-year-old Tate said.
ABOUT THE COWBOYS (7-5): Dak Prescott was efficient in Thursday’s 13-10 upset of New Orleans, completing a season-best 85.7 percent of his passes (24 of 28) for 249 yards. The 25-year-old has developed chemistry with in-season trade acquisition Amari Cooper, connecting eight times in back-to-back weeks and on six occasions in the first meeting with Philadelphia. Cole Beasley (team-leading 48 receptions) is dealing with an injured foot that had him limited in practice this week, but the 29-year-old feels he can contribute despite making just three catches for 14 yards over his last two outings. “I’m feeling good,” Beasley told The Dallas Morning News. “If it was game time, I’d be able to go right now.”
1. Philadelphia DE Michael Bennett recorded two of his team-leading 6.5 sacks in the first meeting with Dallas.
2. Cowboys rookie LB Leighton Vander Esch registered a season-high 13 tackles and an interception in the initial encounter with the Eagles.
3. Philadelphia DE Brandon Graham has four sacks and two forced fumbles in his past four outings versus Dallas.