2016 Eagles Schedule Preview Dallas Cowboys
Our game-by-game preview of the Eagles' 2016 NFL schedule continues with Philadelphia's Week 8 and Week 17 opponent: the Dallas Cowboys.Seattle Seahawks Jerseys (Click here for the Week 1 - Week 2 - Week 3 - BYE - Week 5 - Week 6 - Week 7 - previews.)
The last time these two teams met made for one of Philadelphia's most enjoyable games in an otherwise disappointing 2015 season. The Eagles were able to beat the Cowboys in overtime as Sam Bradford connected with Jordan Matthews over the middle of the field for a 41-yard walk-off touchdown (re-watch the play here).Steelers Store
After only winning four games last season, the Cowboys are expected to improve this year. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are set to return from injury.Bengals Store The Cowboys still have a good offensive line and Dallas drafted a new rushing weapon in Ezekiel Elliott. The bad news for the Cowboys is that their defense still looks flawed. They don't have much of a proven pass rush.Tyrann Mathieu Jersey To make matters worse, the best pass rushers that they do have (DeMarcus Lawrence, Randy Gregory) are both suspended for the first four weeks of the season.Peyton Manning Jersey
Here’s a more in-depth look at the Cowboys from our SB Nation writers over at Blogging The Boys.
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Switching their offensive identity to a ball-control,Clay Matthews Jersey ground-oriented attack, the Cowboys ran the ball 50.1 percent of the time,Luke Kuechly Jersey Murray set an NFL record with eight straight games of at least 100 yards to open the season, led the league in rushing yards by a wide margin, and earned OPY honors.Rob Gronkowski Jersey The new identity proved to be the cornerstone of the team's success. Romo had the best and most efficient season of his career, leading the league in passer rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt, Dez Bryant led the league in touchdowns, and the defense benefited from playing with a lot of leads by recording an unheard-of amount of takeaways.