State of the NFC East: Eagles still flying high, Dallas rises

Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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The Cowboys have overtaken the Giants as the NFC East’s second-best team.

Before their bye week, the Cowboys were enjoying a two-game winning streak that helped them sneak up to second place in the NFC East. Their running game was a huge part of that being the case.

A 49-29 win over the Chicago Bears, one where the offense finally looked like the high-powered unit everyone expected them to be was what we witnessed the last time we saw them.

Second-string running back Tony Pollard exploded for 131 yards on 14 carries and reached the end zone three times. Think about this for a second. As a unit, the Cowboys tailbacks only amassed 139 yards in their win over the Lions, so yeah, Pollard went off.

Dallas’s rushing attack helped take the pressure off their quarterback Dak Prescott. He looked solid in his most recent showing, completing 21 of his 27 pass attempts. The result was 250 yards passing, two touchdowns, and one interception. Prescott helped contribute to the cause with 34 yards on five carries. He also scored a rushing touchdown.

Dallas’ defense has been solid all season, most recently with a four-sack performance versus Justin Fields. Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons would recover a fumble in the middle of the fourth quarter and score on a 36-yard return. That slammed the door shut on any comeback attempts for the Bears.

The Cowboys look to make it three straight wins when they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the struggling Green Bay Packers. Let’s hope Green Bay is up for the challenge in that one.