Despite having nine wins combined the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt as they square off on Sunday with the loser eliminated from playoff contention. Dallas won their second game in a row on Sunday, defeating the San Francisco 49ers, 41-33. Philadelphia dropped their fifth game out of their last six, falling to Arizona, 33-26.
Philadelphia is favored by 2.5 in this contest. The Eagles have won the last two meetings, including a 23-9 victory back on November 1. Dallas had won the previous four contests and the teams have split the last 10.
Late Scores Sends Cardinals Soaring over Eagles
Kyler Murray’s 20-yard touchdown pass with 7:17 proved to be the game-winner, as the Cardinals defeated the Eagles, 33-26. Arizona had taken a 16-0 lead in the first quarter, but Jalen Hurts led Philadelphia back to within six before the half, and tied the score just before the third quarter came to an end. However, after giving up the go-ahead score, the Eagles were not able to score again, dropping their fifth game out of their last six.
Jalen Hurts is looking like he is the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia, completing 24 of 44 passes for 338 yards and three scores. He was sacked six times, however, as he has been sacked nine times in less than 100 pass attempts. Hurts has five TDs against just one interception.
Miles Sanders has been outstanding carrying the ball, rushing for 810 yards and five TDs, and is boasting an impressive 5.4 yards per carry average. Hurts has 251 yards and a 5.5 yards per carry average.
The defense has produced only five interceptions and 11 fumble recoveries, but they have gotten after the quarterback, recording 44 sacks. Fletcher Cox leads the team with 6.5 sacks. Cox is listed as questionable for Sunday with a knee injury.
Philadelphia is averaging 21.6 ppg while allowing 25.8 per contest. They are allowing 381.5 yards per game. Philadelphia has several wide receivers out, including Alshon Jeffries.
Pollard Helps Lead Cowboys to Victory
Tony Pollard rushed for two touchdowns and CeeDee Lamb’s 47-yard return for a touchdown sealed the victory, as the Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive with a 41-33 victory. Pollard, filling in for Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 69-yards on just 12-carries.QB Andy Dalton had a solid afternoon, completing 19 of 33 passes for 209-yards and two scores. Since taking over the injured Dak Prescott, Dalton has thrown for 1,549-yards and 11 touchdowns against six interceptions. He has completed 64.5% of his passes.
Elliott leads the team in rushing, but is listed as questionable. His calf injury may keep him out of the action.
The Cowboys defense has been a trouble spot all year, allowing 30.9 ppg, 31st in the NFL. They have had trouble getting after the quarterback, recording only 26 sacks this season and that has helped to keep the interception numbers down, as they have just seven picks this season.