The Week 3 edition of “Monday Evening Football” tonight parts two NFC East opponents doing fight for the correct to an early-season sing of first insist in the division.
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles every enter Monday’s showdown with 1-1 recordsdata, and the 2 shorthanded squads have to figure out a option to web previous every other in speak to purchase pole insist in the East. With Washington shedding to 1-2 and the Giants falling into an 0-3 gap, whichever crew comes away victorious can agree with build a first fee amount of distance between itself and the leisure of the groups in the division.
Within the fervour of getting correct down to industrial, let’s spoil down the matchup.
Essentially the most attention-grabbing design to peep
When the Eagles agree with the ball
The matchups on this aspect of the field are tormented by a ridiculous quantity of injuries. The Eagles will most doubtless be with out each and each left kind out Jordan Mailata and proper guard Brandon Brooks, whereas the Cowboys will no longer agree with any of [deep breath] Demarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, Bradlee Anae, Carlos Watkins, Neville Gallimore, Trysten Hill, Keanu Neal, or Donovan Wilson. Backup Eagles kind out Andre Dillard will most doubtless be primarily accountable for blocking Randy Gregory, whereas the Cowboys appear liable to once more shift rookie linebacker Micah Parsons to the threshold, where he’ll largely work against Lane Johnson. Parsons had an absurd amount of success in his first motion on the threshold final week, leading the NFL in pressures, however Johnson is a some distance more sturdy take a look at for him than Storm Norton.
Which of the 2 depleted objects wins the day can agree with a dramatic carry out on how Jalen Hurts is ready to assault a Dallas protection that has been surprisingly no longer-unpleasant by two weeks. If the offensive line can grab up against a makeshift pass gallop, there desires to be opportunities for Hurts to push the ball downfield. (Hurts has thrown a elevated portion of his passes in the relief of the line of scrimmage than any quarterback in the NFL, per Tru Media, however he also ranks amongst presumably the most aggressive downfield throwers to this level, with 13.8 percent of his makes an are attempting traveling at the least 20 yards in the air.) They’d be seriously wise to assault cornerback Anthony Brown, who has been time and once more victimized in protection by the early part of the season; and with Parsons liable to spend a bunch of time on the threshold and Neal sidelined with COVID-19, Philly’s tight ends will need to agree with matchup advantages against Leighton Vander Esch and (especially) Jaylon Smith.
Hurts’ favourite purpose to this level this 365 days has been first-spherical grab (and outmoded Alabama teammate) DeVonta Smith. It have to be attention-grabbing to have a examine if the Cowboys use No. 1 cornerback Trevon Diggs to shadow him. He’s a grand totally different more or less participant than either Mike Evans or Keenan Allen, whom Diggs adopted spherical the field for grand of the crew’s first two games. He held the colossal-bodied Evans down through the evening whereas Tom Brady picked on the crew’s other corners, and other than a ridiculous gap-shot over Diggs’ head in Duvet-2, he did an great job on Allen as successfully. Smith’s frightful gallop would provide a prime take a look at against what used to be concept about Diggs’ largest weak point in most pre-draft critiques. Dallas might perchance well perchance play more zone and/or shift a safety over to Smith’s aspect and dare Hurts to beat them by throwing to somebody else.
Finally, Hurts is arguably a more hazardous threat as a runner than a passer, and with the Cowboys doubtless being unable to rotate their defensive linemen as most frequently as they’d relish to on account of their diversified injuries, that can pose a blinding colossal subject for them. Hurts, Miles Sanders, and Kenneth Gainwell every agree with the potential to take a look at the Cowboys’ potential to grab the threshold, whereas the interior of Philly’s offensive line will doubtless work against rookie third-rounder Osa Odighizuwa, rookie sixth-spherical Quinton Bohanna, and outmoded undersized nose kind out Brent Urban. That might perchance well perchance provide Philly with an additional advantage in the gallop sport.
When the Cowboys agree with the ball
Dallas has faced two dramatically totally different defenses in the first two weeks of the season, and might perchance well perchance face one other one in Week 3. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore went extremely pass heavy against the Buccaneers and their monster defensive front in Week 1, and the Cowboys nearly upset the defending champs on the highway. They came relief and ran the heck out of the ball with no longer appropriate Ezekiel Elliott however also Tony Pollard against the Chargers‘ Brandon Staley-coached protection that prioritizes stopping the pass at all charges and practically dares opponents to gallop it.
Dallas will once more be with out correct kind out La’el Collins as he serves his 5-sport suspension, however Terence Steele acquitted himself appropriate lovely in the gallop sport final week, and the crew gave him ample assist in pass protection to continue to exist. There might perchance be not any Joey Bosa dashing across from Steele on Monday evening, and the Eagles will even agree with to work with out their splendid edge rusher in Brandon Graham. Philly’s splendid chance at stress figures to attain relief from getting Fletcher Cox matched up on heart Tyler Biadasz, who has struggled badly against two very good defensive traces.
Even with stress bearing down in his face, though, Dak Prescott has been electric to this level this 365 days, ending 76.5% of his passes at an common of seven.5 yards per strive and taking appropriate three sacks on 88 dropbacks. He appears nothing relish a man coming off a grotesque broken ankle, and whereas his arm strength does no longer seem like 100% recovered from the shoulder hurt he suffered for the interval of coaching camp, it has been a lot ample.
The Eagles don’t appear to agree with any good answers for either Amari Cooper or CeeDee Lamb, who were working broad initiate in secondaries by the first two weeks of the 365 days. Lamb, in explicit, has been damn attain uncoverable, and had been it no longer for (at the least) three drops, he would agree with an grand more frightful stat line than his most common 15 catches for 185 yards and a rating. Cooper will play by a rib hurt that small him final Sunday and for the interval of practices early final week, however after the final two years of playing by lingering foot sicknesses, he is outmoded to gutting it out by injuries that might perchance well perchance debilitate other wideouts.
Dallas has also confirmed an elevated willingness to involve Pollard in the pass sport, designing touches to web him matched up on linebackers in initiate dwelling. He’s too mercurial and too slippery for most of them to take care of, and he might perchance well perchance insist off some points for a Philly linebacker corps that leaves a lot to be desired in protection. Pollard doubtless might perchance well perchance no longer web a attain-even chop up with Elliott in carries relish he did per week ago, however he is seemed relish the more explosive runner of the 2 for two-plus seasons now. Elliott in the extinguish showed some initiate-field burst on a few runs against Los Angeles, though, and at any time when the Cowboys gallop in the relief of Zack Martin on the correct aspect of the line they give the influence of being to search out easy yards.
Prediction: Cowboys 30, Eagles 20