Eagles fans wouldn’t mind an extra gift this holiday season in the form of a win Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys.
For starters, it would keep the Eagles’ NFC East hopes alive. The Eagles need to beat the Cowboys on Sunday at AT&T Stadium and hope that Washington loses to Carolina (this game was flexed into the late-afternoon window). A Washington win eliminates the Eagles from playoff consideration. In Week 17, the Eagles would then need to beat Washington and hope that the Giants lose to either the Ravens in Week 16 or to the Cowboys next Sunday.
Secondly, the Cowboys are out of the NFC East race with a loss to the Eagles.
Here’s 13 other observations and takeaways in our Game Preview, presented by Unibet:
• This is just the fifth time since the division realignment in 2002 that all four teams in a division are within two games of first place with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. The last time was the AFC West in 2011.
• Sunday marks Jalen Hurts’ first start at quarterback against the division rival. It’s also his return to his home state of Texas. And he’s no stranger to AT&T Stadium as he led the Oklahoma Sooners to the Big 12 Championship and a College Football Playoff appearance last season.
• Hurts is the first quarterback in NFL history to amass at least 500 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in his first two starts.
• Last week in Arizona, Hurts became the first Eagles quarterback with at least 300 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and one rushing touchdown since Michael Vick in 2010 against Washington in the historic Monday night rout.