Week 17 Preview: Eagles vs Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles left hands off to Jay Ajayi during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Monday Dec. 25 2017 in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles left hands off to Jay Ajayi during the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Monday Dec. 25 2017 in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Eagles secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but they don't seem to cause fear in potential opponents following a lackluster win in Week 16.

In the secondary, Jalen Mills is questionable for Sunday and Ronald Darby already missed a big portion of the season with a non-contact injury. The Eagles' title chances suffered a huge blow when quarterback Carson Wentz went down for the year.

That is, of course, a very fine line Pederson is walking. After a strong performance against the New York Giants in his first start of the season, Nick Foles looked bad against the Oakland Raiders. If that's not a marvelous regular season, then I don't know what is. The Cowboys were in this spot against the Eagles past year and Dak Prescott and the rest of the offense played a series before things were eventually turned over to Mark Sanchez. "I don't want to not play them and then it's three weeks later that they're playing again (in the divisional round of the playoffs)". Star running back Ezekiel Elliott returned from a six-game suspension and ran for 97 yards, but quarterback Dak Prescott threw two interceptions - one a pick-six - in the game.

The last time Beasley caught a touchdown pass was during a win over the Kansas City Chiefs back on November 5, when he snared two balls in the end zone.

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While Foles and the Eagles did secure a 19-10 Christmas day win over the Raiders, the offense struggled to move the ball against a bad Raiders team. No team wants to go into the playoffs with their backup not having any reps, so getting Sudfeld in will be invaluable to him and the Eagles.

While there is something to be said for the bye teams losing momentum and rhythm with the week off between the final regular season game and the first playoff game, the Eagles aren't quite in that boat.

The Eagles should start fast in the first half, as their starters are more talented than what Dallas has to offer. It's because he's coming back from a severe injury and the game against the Dallas Cowboys is his first official National Football League game. The outcome of this game is meaningless, but coming away with no major injuries will be the real victory on Sunday.

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