Week three brings the first divisional action for the Cowboys and Eagles as they face each other on Monday Night Football. Week three will be the first home game for Dak Prescott since his gruesome leg injury last season. Last season there was never a matchup between Jalen Hurts and Prescott but now we will get one. I can imagine the excitement Dak is feeling heading into his first home game of the year. Not to mention playing for the first time on the field where Prescott fractured and dislocated his right ankle, with the 80,000-seats full for the first time in the pandemic. Plenty of factors to look forward to on both sides.
Lead Up To Week Three
Dallas fell in week one in a nailbiter to Tampa Bay 31-29 despite an incredible 403 yards passing from Prescott. The Cowboys would then bounce back in week two with a 20-17 victory over the Chargers on a game-winning 56-yard field goal from Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein. Coming into week three at 1-1 overall is a boost even though 2-0 would be better.
Philadelphia started this season with a blowout win against the Atlanta Falcons but then struggled in week two. Philly enters week three just like Dallas with a 1-1 record after losing to the 49ers 17-11 in week two.
Cowboys-Eagles Injury Bug
Despite getting the win in week two, Dallas will still be dealing with plenty of missing names in week three. Dallas will be without Demarcus Lawrence, Michael Gallup, La’el Collins, Dorance Armstrong, Carlos Watkins, Keanu Neal, Bradlee Anae, and Ty Nsekhe. A rather worrisome list but this was the case in week two and Dallas still prevailed.
Philly also enters week three with a laundry list full of players out for Monday night’s game. Philly will be without Jack Driscoll, Tyree Jackson, Josiah Scott, star defensive end Brandon Graham, Brandon Brooks, Jordan Mailata, and Rodney McLeod. The Eagles lost a tough game to the 49ers 17-11 in week two and losing more players will hurt them.
Battle Of The Offenses
Based on the first two weeks of the season, the offense will be the name of the game in week three. Dak and the boys will look to continue spreading the wealth to their various weapons. Philly will look to get Devonta Smith and Jalen Reagor open field to work with as well as Dallas Goedert near the goal line. The defense has been an issue for both of these teams in recent memory and now that both teams feature a plethora of injured defensive guys, the offense will be key. The narrative that “defense wins games’ will not be true until probably the end of the game.
The winner of this Week Three NFC East matchup will come down to which offense has the ball last. I could easily see a shootout game where the final score is in the 31-27 range. The biggest piece is the offensive production but one final defensive play will need to happen even if it comes from a backup. Dallas needs to protect Dak and get Zeke Elliott active early. Philly needs to just keep pace and utilize what they can on offense with their new and old weapons.
Final Score: Dallas 31- Philadelphia 27
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