Suddenly the Eagles are in a little bit of trouble. After having a nice buffer in the NFC for most of the season, they find themselves just 1 game ahead of the Cowboys, Lions, and Niners. And they are coming off their worst game in the past two seasons. The 49ers didn’t just beat them, they trounced them. 42-19, with 6 straight drives ending in a TD to close out the game. And now they have to head out to Dallas to play the Cowboys.
The last time these two teams faced each other, the Eagles escaped with a win. It came down to multiple Red Zone stops, including one that was less than an inch from being a TD. But they got away with a win. In Dallas, it feels unlikely luck bounced their way though. And coming off their worst game of the year, they are facing serious questions. Is this secondary capable of getting stops? Can the linebacker corps tackle? Getting Zach Cunningham back, and adding Shaq Leonard to the fold should help. But it still doesn’t leave you brimming in confidence.
If the Eagles do lose, they can still win the division just by winning out. But it feels like they need a win more just to remind us, and themselves, they are a good team. And a loss would officially kill all the room for error they had created for themselves.
Getting a win won’t be easy though. It may kill us to admit, but this Cowboys team has been good. But not unbeatable. The Seahawks came close to beating them in Dallas last week. The Eagles beat them. They may be road underdogs, but there is a path to victory here. But to do it, you need to be able to contend with a few very good players.