Here is a complete breakdown of Sunday night’s Eagles-Cowboys matchup.
THE BIG PICTURE
It’s pretty simple: Winner hosts a first-round playoff game next weekend, while the loser goes home.
The Cowboys have been up and down with two losses in their last three games, but they pulled out a 24-23 victory over the Redskins in Week 16.
The Eagles have won six of seven and are averaging 39.3 points per game in their last three. Read more »
The injury concerns go beyond the quarterback position for the Cowboys this week.
Star receiver Dez Bryant reportedly tweaked his back in practice on Christmas Day. More from PFT.
Wide receiver Dez Bryant tweaked his back at practice on Wednesday and earned a limited designation from the team for his work during the session. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the team does not believe it is anything serious, but Bryant’s got a history of back issues that have hampered him over the years.
Bryant was able to practice Thursday.
Starting middle linebacker Sean Lee has been ruled out of Sunday night’s game, per Adam Schefter.
“Obviously one of the top linebackers in the game,” said Chip Kelly. “In nine games he has 99 tackles and four interceptions. And seeing him up close and personal when we played him in October, he was all over the field. He’s as good of a linebacker as there is in this league. But you have tape on what their defense is like without Sean in there because he’s been out for a little bit here.” Read more »
Chip Kelly said that they didn’t dwell on Nick Foles‘ bad outing against the Cowboys the first time around. They try to give each game equal value regardless of outcome so they looked at the mistakes, attempted to correct them and moved on.
That’s different than saying the memory of that game was quickly extracted and stored in some dark, forbidden place. You can carry the experiences of past failures with you and be either guided or crippled by them, and it appears Foles is choosing the former.
“He’s very analytical of himself, he’s very critical of himself in a constructive way, of how do I improve on this,” said Kelly. “But the first part of it, and kind of the whole thing we talk to our team about all the time, is that we don’t make excuses. If we don’t do something right, you’ve got to admit to it first before you can correct it. If you continue to make an excuse then you are not acknowledging you made a mistake in the first place. I think our guys have a healthy dose of confidence in themselves and understand that you do have to make mistakes to continue to grow and continue to get outside your comfort level.
“One thing with Nick is I think he’s very critical of himself but in a constructive way, and I think that shows up in the little teeny details that I think separates you from being good to going to great.” Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for tonight’s game against the Bears: QB Matt Barkley, safety Colt Anderson, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, safety Kurt Coleman, OT Matt Tobin and OT Dennis Kelly.
Anderson (knee) and Coleman (hamstring) were both injured last week and ruled out on Friday. Their absence will be a big factor on special teams.
Earl Wolff (knee) makes his return after missing the previous four games with a knee injury. He’s expected to rotate in at safety with Patrick Chung alongside Nate Allen. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Barkley, safety Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Najee Goode, OT Matt Tobin and OT Dennis Kelly.
The list is exactly the same as it was last week against the Detroit Lions. Wolff (knee) is out for the fourth consecutive game. Patrick Chung will once again start at safety alongside Nate Allen. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Lions: QB Matt Barkley, safety Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Najee Goode, OT Matt Tobin and OT Dennis Kelly.
Goode suffered a hamstring injury last week. Emmanuel Acho takes his place on the gameday roster. Read more »
Here is the Eagles’ injury report for Sunday’s home game against Detroit:
Out: LB Najee Goode (hamstring), S Earl Wolff (knee)
Probable: TE Zach Ertz (shoulder), DT Bennie Logan (neck), WR Jeff Maehl (concussion), DE Damion Square (back).
Ertz, Logan and Square were each listed as full participants at practice for the entire week. Maehl returned from his concussion on Thursday.
Clifton Geathers did not practice from Wednesday-Friday this week because of personal reasons. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals: QB Matt Barkley, safety Earl Wolff, CB Curtis Marsh, RB Matthew Tucker, LB Emmanuel Acho, OT Matt Tobin and OT Dennis Kelly. Read more »
Here is the Eagles’ injury report for Sunday’s game against Arizona:
Out: S Earl Wolff (knee)
Probable: S Colt Anderson (ankle), CB Bradley Fletcher (pectoral), LB Mychal Kendricks (knee), LB Jake Knott (hamstring).
As you can see, the Eagles exit the bye in pretty good shape. Read more »
We went through the offense yesterday. Here’s a position-by-position look at where the Eagles’ defense stands going into the final five games.
The guys up front have been the key to the defensive improvement. Cedric Thornton leads all the team’s linemen with 58 tackles and has looked like a natural in the two-gap scheme since Week 1. He’s versatile, powerful and has been perhaps the Eagles’ most consistent defensive player all season long.
Fletcher Cox has really come on and has 13 tackles the past two weeks. He has three sacks and leads the team with 19 hurries; no other player has more than eight. Bennie Logan has been a huge upgrade over Isaac Sopoaga at nose tackle. He’s got 15 tackles in the last three games. That’s just three fewer than Sopoaga had in the first eight games.
Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers and Damion Square round out the rotation. Curry has been the team’s most productive pass-rusher and is tied for the team lead with four sacks. Read more »