Grading Eagles, their NFC East rivals chances as NFL postseason begins

JANUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles fans. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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. Dallas Cowboys. . team. 123. . 12-5

The Cowboys look to get revenge on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady.

Regardless of what people might say, Dallas didn’t want to face the Bucs and the G.O.A.T. right out of the shoot. They hoped they’d get lucky and things would go their way in Week 18 (a win and an Eagles loss), but that didn’t happen. Now, they’re in trouble.

Brady isn’t afraid of the Cowboys by any stretch of the imagination. He’s 7-0 in his career versus Jerry’s boys. In his last two starts, he was very impressive, throwing for 591 yards and five touchdowns versus only three interceptions.

For the Cowboys to have any chance in this playoff matchup, they have to limit the miscues. Lately, those have come in bunches, and there is seemingly no end in sight.

It all starts with their quarterback, Dak Prescott. He has given free the ball away like candy in recent weeks. In total, he has tossed 15 interceptions on the season, and he has thrown at least one pick in the last seven games. That’s not even the worst of it. He has thrown three pick-sixes.

Dallas has seen its rushing attack struggle as of late too. Their top rushing performances over the past three weeks average out to 37.6 yards over that span.

The Cowboys are at their best when they are not depending primarily on Dak to get the job done, but in recent weeks, Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott have not been able to get the job done.

Dallas will enter this playoff game versus the Bucs as slim favorites. The chances of them losing are high, and if they get past the Wild Card Round, there’s a chance that they’ll see the Eagles in the Divisional Round.

Fear not Eagles fans. The drought will continue. Dallas won’t be in February’s Super Bowl.

Grade: B-