Eagles vs. Cowboys, Week 14: 5 matchups to watch during Sunday Night Football

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Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Philadelphia Eagles
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CeeDee Lamb vs. whatever the plan is for the slot

Before the season even started, we knew the slot cornerback position would be an issue. During the Eagles’ second preseason game, Zech McPhearson, the presumed backup, tore his Achilles. Avonte Maddox was injured in Week 2, and there have been issues ever since.

We know defensive coordinator Sean Desai is totally fine with making mid-game adjustments, but Week 13's plan, one that involved the rotation of Bradley Roby, Sydney Brown, and Eli Ricks was the wrong move. 

In Week 9's Eagles versus Cowboys game, Lamb went crazy. He hauled in 11 receptions for 191 yards. Roby was unavailable for that game. Hopefully, his presence this Sunday will be known, but CeeDee Lamb is really good, and based on what we saw last week (and all season, for the most part), there is reason for concern. 

Eagles’ edge rushers vs. Terence Steele

For the most part, the Cowboys offensive line is good. The very clear weak point is at their right tackle position, Terence Steele. That's partially due to the fact that he hasn’t been fully healthy this entire season.

His 2022 season ended with a torn ACL and a whole bunch of goobered-up stuff in his left knee. As a right tackle, the strength of that left knee is super important, and he has yet to get back to 100%.

In Week 9, Steele was exposed by Brandon Graham, Haason Reddick, and Josh Sweat. He allowed Sweat's sack during the final drive, and it can be argued that Brandon Graham's pursuit that forced Dak Prescott out of bounds on the two-point conversion attempt was on the Dallas tackle as well.

Steele’s going to have a lot on his plate this week. That’s a good thing for Philly. We know the Eagles’ pass rush can come in clutch when they need to. We also know that Steele is the guy who is most likely to be beaten.