State of the NFC East: Eagles remain on top of the mountain

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
3 of 5
Philadelphia Eagles
: Micah Parsons #11 of the Dallas Cowboys. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) /

123. . 4-1. Previous: 2nd. Dallas Cowboys. 2. team

Dallas’ defense has helped the team roll to a 4-1 record through five weeks.

Perhaps you’ve heard, but the Eagles’ next opponent is the Dallas Cowboys, whose defense is stifling every offense they face. Philadelphia looks to break their three-game losing streak versus their age-old rivals. The stage is set for a huge game on Sunday Night Football.

The Cowboys remain one game behind the Eagles for the top spot in the division, which makes Sunday’s game even more meaningful. A win puts them in first place.

Dallas’s defense is one of the key reasons the team is right in the thick of the NFC East race, as they’ve kept the scoring by their opponents to a minimum. Opposing offenses this year have only averaged 14.4 points versus Dan Quinn’s unit. The Cowboys only allowed the Washington Commanders and the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Los Angeles Rams, to 20 points in the last two games.

Washington and Los Angeles were completely shut down by Dallas’s defense in the second half of their games, with the only exception being a third-quarter field goal by the Commanders in Week 4.

The Cowboys’ defense has been a turnover machine in their two last victories, forcing two fumbles, one they’ve returned for a touchdown. They’ve also hauled in three interceptions.

Dallas hasn’t had a problem getting to the opposing quarterback either as they have seven sacks in their last two games.

The Cowboys look to continue their dominant defensive play on Sunday Night Football versus the Eagles. Everyone in Philadelphia hopes that the Birds can run through this defense and show the league they are not a team to be that should be taken lightly.