National Football League 2017 Week 11: Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys preview and prediction

Lynette Rowe
November 20, 2017

In 2016, it was the Cowboys who many felt was the best team in the National Football League, not the Eagles. The Dallas defence ranks in the bottom-10 in yards allowed per carry this season so it won't be a surprise if the Eagles remain committed to their ground game on the road in Week 11.

The Eagles should be able to score on this Dallas defence minus Lee.

If Philly wins this game, my prediction is that they have a nice ride to the NFC East title the rest of the season.

The Eagles serene progress looks set to continue this week in Dallas, as the Cowboys will have lost their swagger and some key players following a brutal performance in Week 10, writes Mark Kirwan. If Smith can't play, Dallas likely turns to Byron Bell after he replaced Chaz Green at left tackle versus Atlanta.

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Tyron Smith's game status is still up in the air, but the likelihood is he won't play. Ezekiel Elliott was suspended, and Dak Prescott was beaten up as his line failed to protect him without left tackle Tyron Smith.

They sure seem like heavy favorites to come away with a win here, to run away with the division crown, and to take home the No. 1 seed in the conference. They were being led by an unstoppable offense with a powerful rushing attack and a quarterback playing far better than anyone could have expected. However, Dallas fell behind by double-digits in the third quarter and Morris was limited to 11 touches. Wentz's total attempts are way down this year, and his numbers are way up. Carson Wentz looks like a veteran in only his second season, Alshon Jeffrey has given their receiving game greater depth, LeGarette Blount has made their running game tougher, and their defence is shutting down opponents. They've scored on 46 percent of their drives, per Pro-Football-Reference, and turned it over only 8 percent of the time. Smith has 15 catches for 221 yards and one touchdown this season. Rushing just eight times, he picked up 77 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos before the bye. Wentz's improvement throwing those short to intermediate passes has resulted in the Eagles' offence becoming that much more efficient. As a matter of fact, in Cowboys history, only twice have they won a game when they've scored no more than 7 points. They also must ensure no stumbles in the kicking game.

At 5-4 so far this season, Dallas should just be concerned with making the playoffs at this point. With Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest, Philadelphia should attempt to exploit this favorable matchup.

I distinctly remember watching this game with a decreasing interest throughout the late night that is Sunday Night Football.

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