Saturday, October 29, 2016

Will Wentz Shine in the Prime Time Spotlight in Big D?

The term 'must-win' is often overused when it comes to describing key NFL games, but I have no choice to put this Sunday night's Eagles' game against Dallas in that category. To be fair, I think of every Cowboys' game as a 'must-win' affair given my complete disdain for this team and its insufferable owner Jerry Jones.

Dallas is back on top right now behind a pair of rookies at quarterback and running back. If the Cowboys could add a young wide receiver to play lights out they would have everyone talking ad nauseam about the second coming of the triplets. You cannot deny that the play of Dak Prescott in place of an injured Tony Romo has been impressive to say the least and I am not one bit surprised that Ezekiel Elliott is tearing things up on the ground behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.

I cannot sit here and deny that Dallas is a good team at 5-1 on the year. Before last week's bye, the Cowboys went into Green Bay and came away with an easy 30-16 victory. Before that, they hammered Cincinnati at home 28-14 so they definitely bring some solid momentum into Sunday night's game. That being said, I do not see the Eagles rolling over and dying in Big D. They got some of their own mojo back last week by pushing around previously unbeaten Minnesota as home underdogs after two lack-luster showings against Detroit and Washington on the road as favorites.

As good as Philly's defense looked in that Vikings' game, it is going to take a much better effort from rookie quarterback Carson Wentz to win a game as an underdog on the road. The Eagles did it earlier this season against Chicago, but that win has to be heavily discounted because the Bears flat out stink. A loss to Dallas on Sunday night will not end the Eagles' chances to win the NFL East this season, but it will put a major crimp in the plan given a much tougher schedule in the second half of the season.

I am honestly not all that sure that the Birds can pull off the upset against their bitter rivals this time around, but if Wentz can quickly return to the playing form he demonstrated in the team's first three games, they will have a much better chance to get it done. The bandwagon to Carson City, Wentzilvania has been a bumpy ride the past few weeks, but if the Eagles do get that 'must win' on Sunday night it could be smooth sailing from here on in.

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