Philadelphia Eagles: Top 3 stories surrounding Week 8’s divisional game

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1. The Philadelphia Eagles and the Cowboys have similar issues.

Like the Eagles, Dallas has suffered major losses along the offensive line. They also suffered a catastrophic loss when franchise quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending ankle injury. To pile on, their second-string quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a concussion during Dallas’ Week 7 matchup against the Washington Football Team, and, as of now, he won’t be suiting up in Week 8.

With that being said, under new Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, nothing Dallas has tried seems to be working, and though Dak Prescott hasn’t played in two games, he’s still ranked ninth in the NFL in passing yards.

Still, as Eagles fans know very well, teams need a sturdy offensive line if they’re going to be successful, and ‘Dem Boys’ don’t have that. With Dalton more than likely out, that leaves third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci at the wheel, but despite a shaky offensive line and a third-string quarterback at the helm, Philly can’t ignore Dallas’ three potential 1000-yard receivers.

Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup have given Philadelphia’s secondary problems in the past. The recent addition of first-round draft pick, CeeDee Lamb, has only made that group tougher to gameplan for. Let’s also not forget the Cowboys’ three-time Pro Bowler, Ezekiel Elliott. The good news for ‘Iggles’ fans is Elliott has had to spend more time trying to block for his quarterback because of all offensive issues, but he still has over 400 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the season.

Without a dynamic playmaker like Prescott, whoever takes snaps for Dallas won’t have much time to throw the ball (sound familiar?). The argument can be made that the Cowboys offensive line is in worse shape than Philly’s is, but ‘America’s Team’ will have a hard time trying to slow down the Eagles defensive line. Advantage: The Eagles