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)
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Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles
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54. . . . Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle. 91. player

The Eagles’ defense must be at its best in Week 6.

Eagles legend Fletcher Cox isn’t what he once was, but he’s better than a ton of the defensive tackles that are out there. We’ve seen moments so far this season where he’s looked like the Cox of old, Week 3’s game versus the Washington Commanders for instance, but he also hasn’t registered a sack since that game.

In Week 4 and Week 5, he was on the field for 83 defensive snaps. He came up with one assisted tackle versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. He didn’t tally a single tackle versus the Arizona Cardinals while playing 48 snaps. Philadelphia will need a lot more out of one of their team captains versus Dallas.

54. . . . Josh Sweat, defensive end. 94. player

Josh Sweat inked a three-year, $40 million extension on September 18th of 2021. There’s a good reason for that. He’s immensely talented and fully capable of being a fixture on the defensive side of the ball, but games like this are why he got that money in the first place.

Number 94, in five games, has racked up 16 total tackles and 2.5 sacks while being on the field for 208 snaps, roughly 64 percent of the defense’s total. Hopefully, we see his sack celebration a few times during Sunday Night Football in Week 6.

. C.J. Gardner Johnson, safety. 23. player. 54. .

In Week 5 versus the Cards, Chauncey Gardner Johnson led the Eagles in tackles (10). He also came up with an interception. Though it’s unfair to ask for those types of performances every week, this is a huge game. The Eagles need all hands on deck, especially from the safety position.

We’re asking for another good game from C.J. and Philly’s strong safety, Marcus Epps.