6 Eagles who must step up versus Cowboys on Sunday Night Football

Josh Sweat #94, Darius Slay #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Josh Sweat #94, Darius Slay #2, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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The Eagles will need another total-team effort to conquer the Cowboys.

In actuality, Week 6’s Sunday Night Football battle featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys is only one game in a long 18-week, 17-game season. Sure, the winning team will sit atop the NFC East and own an early tie-breaker that could come back into focus when we begin discussing playoff seeding down the road, but divisional superiority won’t be determined on October 16th… theoretically.

Don’t tell your friends or coworkers that. They may look at you like you’re from another planet. This game represents a lot more than another chapter in what’s been a long and storied rivalry.

This game is about an Eagles franchise that’s sick of losing to the so-called ‘America’s Team’. This game is about Jalen Hurts earning his first victory over a Cowboys team that he has yet to vanquish as a starter.

This is about Dick Vermeil, Andy Reid, Tom Landry, and Jimmy Johnson. It’s about guys who played on both sides (like Terrell Owens).

This game is about Dallas running up the score on the backups last season and Randall Cunningham faking a kneel-down before throwing one more touchdown. It’s about Buddy Ryan and a bounty set on Troy Aikman. It’s about bragging rights and the debate about who runs the East. This is about revenge.

The Eagles have dropped three in a row. They’ve lost six of the last nine meetings. Winning will take a total team effort. Herculean performances from the six guys on this list will lead to an easy win. Here’s a handful of Birds that we’re asking to step up.