Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles

Jan 01, 2018, 01:10
Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles has been pulled out of Sunday's game versus the Dallas Cowboys in order to be rested for the playoffs. If nothing else, it would help erase a shaky performance against the Oakland Raiders last week.

While Foles and the Eagles did secure a 19-10 Christmas day win over the Raiders, the offense struggled to move the ball against a bad Raiders team. The idea was to build a little confidence and momentum to carry into the playoffs. Going against the Eagles backups for most of the game should make their day easier, but don't sleep on the Eagles backups on defense. He's 23-of-49 (47 percent) for 202 yards with a TD and two interceptions since his four-touchdown outing against the New York Giants in Week 15. While the Cowboys lost the game, they went into the playoffs healthy, something that should be every playoff team's number one priority at this point in the season. A lackluster performance from Nick Foles was hard to stomach, but the Eagles were already playing in severe cold with some key players sitting out and resting, and most of the game was played with a third-string quarterback making his National Football League debut. The NFC playoffs still run through Philly. If the past two weeks have proved anything, it's that this is not the same team that routinely blew out opponents with Wentz at the helm.

Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott

Foles' third drive was his most concerning. Against the Cowboys, his QB rating was 9.3, the Eagles were shut out, and they managed just 219 yards. They played well on Monday night after a couple of rough games, forcing five turnovers and have excelled over the course of the whole season. Running back Jay Ajayi was the lone offensive starter inactive against the Cowboys. The Eagles have brought him along slowly since acquiring him from the Miami Dolphins at the trade deadline. Him and his receivers need to create some chemistry together while at the same time avoiding a big injury.

While the Eagles can tweak their approach to accentuate their strengths and partially mask their vulnerabilities, you can't hide your quarterback for an entire Super Bowl run. 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. The Cowboys were in this spot against the Eagles a year ago and Dak Prescott and the rest of the offense played a series before things were eventually turned over to Mark Sanchez.

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