Cowboys vs. Eagles: ‘Cowboys are legitimately good team, not as good as Eagles’

It’s nearly time for the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles to resume hostilities on Sunday Night Football. The Cowboys are available as beautiful giant underdogs (6.5 issues) in keeping with DraftKings Sportsbook. Ahead of this large sport within the NFC East, we talked to Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation to get just a little extra element on what is going on with the Eagles.

Blogging The Boys: Let’s speak about A.J. Brown. How has he modified the offense and the way do the offensive coaches make the most of him maximum?

Bleeding Green Nation: Brown used to be clearly an excessively important addition. And not simply because he’s good however as a result of what he’s particularly good at.

Brown’s presence has in point of fact unlocked the center of the sphere for Jalen Hurts. The Eagles’ quarterback didn’t even in point of fact goal that house ultimate 12 months; he tried the fewest collection of passes between the hashes by means of a ways. Dating again to coaching camp, the place Brown noticed eleventy billion goals, Hurts demonstrated comfortability with throwing to Brown on slants for severe YAC alternatives.

It’s not like Brown most effective wins in the course of the sphere, regardless that. Hurts to Brown on an out course is in most cases a cash play for this offense. Brown has the facility to make performs down the sphere, particularly given his talent to outmuscle combatants and win on the catch level. Brown may be a participant the Eagles can throw to in need of the sticks and ask to damage tackles.

The fourth-best broad receiver by means of Pro Football Focus’s grading, Brown’s in point of fact an all-around danger. And the issue with devoting additional consideration to him is that the Eagles have any other WR1 in DeVonta Smith (ranked twentieth by means of PFF). As we noticed towards the Commanders, he’s greater than able to carving up a protection. Dallas Goedert may be beautiful laborious to prevent. Quez Watkins is a vertical danger whilst Zach Pascal is a job participant who can give a contribution in top leverage eventualities such as 1/3 down and/or the purple zone.

If the Cowboys wish to put Trevon Diggs on Brown all sport lengthy, the Eagles give you the chance of depending on their different receiving choices to hold the offense. But the concept this is that Brown will probably be rather energetic on this one. The Eagles oddly underutilized him in Arizona ultimate week and so they’re more than likely not going to do this once more. Philly’s training used to be very intentional about getting Smith curious about Week 2 after he had a quiet Week 1. I be expecting Brown to peer goals early and ceaselessly.

BTB: Jalen Hurts undoubtedly looks as if he has arrived. What has progressed for him in 2022? How would you charge his talent as a passer now?

BGN: DeMarcus Lawrence would beg to vary! Apparently it doesn’t topic what Hurts has proven this a ways since he hasn’t performed the Cowboys. Of direction, are we able to know if the Dallas protection is really any good in the event that they haven’t performed the Eagles’ offense?

As in the past famous, Hurts if truth be told with the ability to make the most of the center of the sphere extra ceaselessly is a large development.

Hurts has made strides in relation to accuracy and decision-making. A have a look at Pro Football Reference’s complex passing numbers display that he’s raised his heading in the right direction throw share and reduced his dangerous throw share. He has additionally reduced his moderate time-to-throw from 3.19 seconds in 2021 (slowest unencumber within the NFL) to two.89 this 12 months. Good to peer him getting the ball out faster from time to time.

Hurts is the 1/3 ultimate quarterback by means of PFF’s passing grade, most effective at the back of Geno Smith (!) and Patrick Mahomes. Hurts ranks 9th amongst quarterbacks in DVOA.

I imagine in his development as a passer. It felt in point of fact laborious not to after looking at his sensational efficiency towards the Minnesota Vikings, finishing passes he by no means would have even tried a 12 months in the past. Hurts additionally lit up the Washington Commanders by means of airing it out and trusting his receivers to make performs at the ball.

Hurts hasn’t been slightly *as* sharp over the last two weeks. Rainy and windy climate contributed to not up to excellent passing stipulations in Week 4. The Cardinals then blitzed the crap out of Hurts in Week 5. And that’s a space the place Hurts and the Eagles offense as a complete will have to beef up; they want higher sizzling choices towards groups sending additional force.

Ultimately, Hurts is at the proper trail to turning into the Eagles’ franchise quarterback. He nonetheless has some giant containers to test, regardless that, and beating the Cowboys could be very a lot one in all them. Although a two-game pattern dimension, he has not performed neatly towards Dallas thus far in his profession.

BTB: What would you believe the Eagles largest weak point at the moment? What will have to the Cowboys attempt to exploit?

BGN: The Eagles’ offensive line has the possible to be their largest energy however the well being of the unit is a bit of relating to. Four of the 5 starters had been restricted in observe this week. The expectation right here is that they’ll all get started … however will they be capable to make it during the sport? Will they be considerably not up to 100%? The Birds want their energy to if truth be told be a energy towards a Cowboys move rush that ranks moment in sacks in keeping with sport.

Micah Parsons is clearly the largest fear for the Eagles. He’s a participant that Philly enthusiasts will have to be legitimately nervous about. If I’m the Cowboys, I’m sending him at each and every Eagles offensive lineman instead of Lane Johnson to peer if there’s a susceptible level he can many times exploit. Jordan Mailata may well be particularly susceptible. Mailata is in most cases an excessively good beginning left take on, possibly on his solution to being one of the vital ultimate at his place. But the Australian mammoth is coming off a shoulder damage and pace rushers had been a weak point for him even if he’s been wholesome.

I realize it’s not near to Parsons, both. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, and Dante Fowler Jr. are all able to contributing to the move rush.

BTB: Early on in 2021, there used to be a large number of doubt about Nick Sirianni. I believe that has modified now. What is he doing this is serving to the Eagles to their undefeated run in 2022?

BGN: Good query. Sirianni doesn’t in point of fact get mentioned as a lot as different head coaches do. Of direction, he doesn’t name the performs, in order that’s an element.

One of my giant questions coming into the 2022 season used to be: Where does Sirianni give the Eagles an edge?

I feel he’s accomplished a good task with sport control general. The Eagles haven’t been very best in that regard however they’ve undoubtedly have shyed away from incompetence that’s plagued lesser groups. Look no additional than the Arizona Cardinals botching an finish of sport series towards the Eagles ultimate week.

But what may make Sirianni particular is his talent to foster good vibes. Winning in most cases begets good power, needless to say. But Sirianni has overseen a robust chemistry and sure tradition in Philly. The Eagles have in large part have shyed away from drama. The gamers appear to love each and every different and play for each and every different. This isn’t all Sirianni; the gamers deserve credit score as neatly. Having credible veterans like Jason Kelce is helping so much. So does the emergence of Hurts as not most effective one of the vital league’s higher quarterbacks however a vocal chief as neatly. He’s the only breaking down the pregame huddle and main postgame speeches. Not all quarterbacks have the character and required admire to do this.

So, that resolution in point of fact devolved into me speaking about Hurts once more. But that’s a part of the purpose. Sirianni places a large emphasis on the way it’s gamers, performs, and coaches in that order of significance.

BTB: The Eagles are beautiful heavy favorites (6.5 issues) at the moment in keeping with DraftKings Sportsbook. Do you purchase the present unfold and what do you assume will occur within the sport?

BGN: The Eagles are 6.5-point house favorites on DraftKings Sportsbook as I kind this sentence.

While I totally recognize that the Cowboys are a legitimately good group, they are not as good as the Eagles.

The higher group doesn’t at all times pop out on best in a given NFL matchup. But that WILL be the case on Sunday Night Football with the Eagles beating the Cowboys by means of a last rating of 24 to 17.

I do know Cooper Rush is undefeated so far. But is he in point of fact going to stay heading off turnovers? He’s due for some destructive regression in that house. He’s tied with Carson Wentz (!) for the tenth worst dangerous throw share within the NFL. He ranks twenty third out of 32 quarterbacks in heading in the right direction throw share. Not to say the Eagles have an opportunistic protection that may drive turnovers. Philly is tied with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens with 11 takeaways each and every.

The Eagles have what it takes to position the force on Rush. Not most effective in relation to move rush however in relation to not permitting the Cowboys’ offense to stick on agenda. Jordan Davis and the run protection can restrict a group’s first down potency. Once Rush is confronted with second-and-long and third-and-long eventualities, he’s going to fight. Especially as he’s tasked with throwing to Cowboys receivers that the Eagles have not been extra supplied to hide in slightly a while given the presence of Darius Slay, James Bradberry, and Avonte Maddox.

At the chance of Cowboys enthusiasts throwing this in my face following a loss, I believe very assured within the Eagles. There are some who are just a little too low in this group following an unpleasant win in Arizona. For that being their ‘worst game of the season,’ it used to be an afternoon the place they’d the lead for 45:07 of sport motion and not trailed. More ceaselessly than not, the Eagles have appeared like an excessively good soccer group this 12 months.

And so I’m banking on them to return up giant. I made them my ‘lock of the week’ (I’m 4-1 at the season, by means of the best way) for this week’s episode of The Look Ahead on The SB Nation NFL Show. I additionally approved a raffle with BTB’s RJ Ochoa the place I’m punished if the Eagles lose. I’m taking a look ahead to him having to repay his finish the place he has to write down an editorial for BGN about how the Eagles are really the highest group within the convention. In addition to him having to put on a “Beat Dallas” blouse on subsequent week’s NFC East Mixtape and The Look Ahead podcast episodes.

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