Week 17 Preview: Eagles vs Cowboys

The Eagles have had one 50-yard rusher in the past two games

The Eagles have had one 50-yard rusher in the past two games

Heading into week 17, the Philadelphia Eagles will square off against the Dallas Cowboys in their home finale of the 2017 season.

Dallas is eliminated from postseason contention, yet still has an opportunity to finish above.500.

Of course, the good news for the Eagles is that they got the win and the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs that comes with it.

In a meaningless game played in freezing temperatures, the Eagles' inactives list was littered with precautionary deactivations.

They can set a franchise record with 14 wins in a season. The Eagles, at 13-2, have already clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC. That being said, the Eagles probably wouldn't mind making a little history along the way.

Sunday marks the anniversary of the last time Jones played - in the Peach Bowl as a member of the Washington Huskies against Alabama. Yet, while one more key injury has the potential to devastate the Eagles, there isn't a whole lot of choice in the matter.

After a poor offensive showing last Monday night against the Oakland Raiders, Eagles coach Doug Pederson made it clear throughout the week that he would like to play his starters a significant amount against Dallas, so they can continue to get reps and hopefully go into the playoffs on a good note. He was both the best defensive and offensive weapon the Eagles had.


Foles' showing, coupled with how decent Sudfeld looked, will no doubt stir talk of Sudfeld getting a chance to run the offense in the playoffs. Even when a starter comes out of the game, an injury to the backup could force the starter back into the game. It's tough in that situation where you know you're going to maybe only get a quarter, maybe a couple series, and you're coming out. As a result, quarterback Nick Foles has had to step up in his absence.

Second-round draft pick Sidney Jones was making his National Football League debut and back-up quarterback Nate Sudfeld was making his National Football League debut, too.

Sudfeld has become an incredibly important name for the Eagles because he's one play away from becoming the starting quarterback. Or, another team may view Sudfeld as a prospect and try to engineer a swap for the second-year player. It's time to find out what all the commotion is about.

Players with any lingering injuries will most likely not play. Lets take a look at some of the possibilities for Sunday. Though Ajayi is not on the injury report, his chronic knee condition might be reason enough to give him a rest.

This was also a game in which the real star was Eagles' punter Donnie Jones. DT Fletcher Cox and S Malcolm Jenkins played one series.

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, in his second game back from suspension, pounded out 103 rushing yards with another 38 gained receiving.

A memorable chapter of Eagles vs. Cowboys this was not. Who wouldn't get a kick out of that?

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