Ranking the top defensive nightmares for this enhanced Eagles offense

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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3. team. 123. . . . Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys defense made a huge leap last year. Can they keep it up versus the Eagles this season?

When the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles meet, it’s always a treat for fans, and their games versus one another shouldn’t disappoint this season. The Cowboys were 19th in yards allowed, and with the expected growth of their young talent, they should be improved on defense in 2022.

Dallas brings back the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Micah Parsons, to man the second level, and they field a two-time Pro Bowler in DeMarcus Lawrence to anchor their D-line. That’s quite a formidable duo, especially with Parsons, more than likely, getting better overall with additional reps.

The Eagles’ offensive line should be up to the task of neutralizing Lawrence, but it’s hard to see anyone staying in front of Parsons for an entire game. He is bound to make a couple of plays. The Eagles had better make sure that they aren’t of the game-wrecking variety.

The Cowboys also have a young ball-hawk at cornerback in Trevon Diggs. At only 23 years of age, he is sure to continue his upswing and get better. He has hauled in 14 interceptions in two seasons. 14! The Eagles will need to be on the lookout for him for sure.

Digg’s stats also show he can be beaten, and the trio of Smith, Brown, and Goedert are packed with talent and could give this Dalla’s passing defense immense trouble. These two NFC East battles are sure to be exhilarating and we will see if the Eagles can turn the two Ls from last year into two Ws.