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Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys: Everything is on the Line

The Philadelphia Eagles are set to take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday at 4:25 PM EST in Dallas, Texas. This is the game of the season for the Eagles. A win lands them tied atop the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys. On the other hand, a loss all but guarantees the end of a playoff hope for the Eagles. With everything on the line, who is favored to win this game and this Division?

Coming into this game, the Philadelphia Eagles are 6-6, riding a two-game winning streak after getting demolished by the Saints 48-7. Although they’ve managed to win 2 games in a row, the Eagles have yet to get in a groove and really get into tip-top form. Furthermore, they still have a deeply injured and susceptible defensive secondary. The Eagles can best be summarized as being the most consistent sub-par team of the 2018 season.

On the other side of the field, the Cowboys sit atop the Division at 7-5 after capping off a four-game winning streak with an impressive 13-10 shutdown of Drew Brees and the Saints. This time of the season is all about getting hot and going on a roll and that’s exactly what the Dallas Cowboys are doing. They are on a four-game winning streak, with their team looking better and better each week. Just last week, their defense came into prime form against the Saints, keeping the #3 scoring offense to just 10 points and the MVP candidate, Drew Brees, to just 127 yards!

Overall, going into this game, the Dallas Cowboys have every single advantage possible. Other than their winning streak and prime defense, this game against the Eagles is in Texas. This season, the Cowboys are 5-1 at home while the Eagles are 2-3 in away games. Again, a clear advantage for a team heating up at the right time. Let’s also not forget how badly hurt the Eagles defensive secondary is, leaving them extremely susceptible in the passing game. Their whole starting defensive secondary and main rotational players, with the exception of Safety Malcolm Jenkins, are injured. Last but not least, the Cowboys have already figured out the Eagles this season, when they beat them 27-20 at Philadelphia back on November 11th.

To make matters worse for the Eagles, even if they win this game, they are still unlikely to win the Division. Currently, the Eagles are 6-6 and the Cowboys are 7-5 with this upcoming match-up left and then 3 more games for each team. If the Eagles win this game, they’ll improve to 7-6 and the Cowboys will demote to 7-6, making them tied atop the Division. In such instances of a tie, the Division goes to the team who has the better record in “head-to-head” match-ups. In this case, each team will have won one game against the other. Thus, the Division winner is then found by analyzing the record of each team for games played in the Division. Again, if the Eagles win at Dallas, their Division record will be 4-1 while the Cowboys record will become 3-2, thus giving the Eagles the Division.

However, there will still be 3 more games left in the season and that’s the real problem for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Remaining schedules for the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles will still have to play the 11-1 LA Rams, 9-3 Houston Texans, and rival 6-6 Washington Redskins. Two out of the three games are away for the Eagles, leaving them at another disadvantage. In all likelihood, the Eagles are going to lose at least two out of the three games, leaving them at an 8-8 record. Winning against the Redskins is also not guaranteed, as we’ve seen Division rivals ruin playoff hopes in the final game of the year on many occasions.

On the other hand, the Cowboys will have to play the 6-6 Indianapolis Colts, 5-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 4-8 New York Giants. The Cowboys can win all three of these games and are favored to do so after their performance against the Saints. Even if the Cowboys go 2-1, they’ll end up with a 9-7 record, enough to win the Division.

Ultimately, the Dallas Cowboys control their own destiny and have all the advantages in their favor. It sounds like what a team would hope for, but the Dallas Cowboys have a sour history in such situations. It’s in instances in which they are favored that the Dallas Cowboys fumble apart and analysts know this. 

None the less, this Division is favored for the Cowboys and if the Eagles want to at least try to make a stand, they must get out with a win this Sunday. It’s strictly Division winner or bust for the Eagles and in order to represent the NFC East in the playoffs, the Eagles pretty much have to win out. If the Eagles fail at step 1 this Sunday and lose to the Cowboys, the season is guaranteed to be over.


NFL: Saints vs Cowboys: Who Needs the Win More?

The 10-1 New Orleans Saints are set to face off against the 6-5 Dallas Cowboys in less than 4 hours in Dallas, Texas. To this point, there has been a lot of hype placed around this game. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys, stated that this game should be viewed as the Superbowl for the Cowboys, considering the team that they’re playing.

“Each play, we’ve got to think it’s the Super Bowl play. If every player on every play in this game says, ‘When we put that tape on Monday, it’s going to look like one of my best plays of the year,’ it’s really going to take that kind of focus to beat a team like this.”

Furthermore, there has been a lot of “trash talk” by the Cowboys with DeMarcus Lawrence starting it all. On Tuesday, Lawrence was asked if the Saints have the best offensive line and here’s his response:

“They’re going to have to match our intensity. S—, for 60 minutes straight. If you hit a m—–f—– in the mouth and then they ain’t doing what they’re regularly doing, putting up 50 points, they start to get a little distressed. Now you got them where you want them at, and then you f—ing choke their ass out.”

With so much hype and talk around this game, it’s without a doubt that both teams are more than inspired to play football tonight. The question remains, who needs the win more? Is it possible that the 10-1 Saints need this game more than the 6-5 Cowboys?

Well, let’s look at it from the Saints perspective. The New Orleans Saints are without a doubt, the best team in the NFL right now. They’re clearly the favorites to win it all, although there are other major contenders in the picture like the Chiefs, Rams, Patriots, and others. Taking this into consideration, this game is very important for the Saints playoff picture.

Right now, the Saints are 1st in the NFC because of their victory over the Rams. Although the Rams and Saints both have 10-1 records, that direct win over the Rams gives the Saints the #1 seed. With that in mind, the Saints want to make sure that they do everything they can to keep that home-field advantage for the playoffs.

Everyone knows how difficult it is for a team to come into the New Orleans Superdome and earn a victory. It gets that much more difficult when it’s in the playoffs and the crowd and intensity is just that much more amped. With that in mind, if the Saints lose to the Cowboys tonight, they will be demoted to the #2 seed with the Rams promoted to #1.

There’s still more football to be played and that could switch up again, but going forward, the schedule doesn’t favor the Saints either. After the Cowboys, the Saints still have to face the Steelers, Buccaneers, and Panthers twice. Other than the Bucs game, the 3 remaining games are all against worthy teams and the Saints can definitely end up on the wrong side of those games.

On the other hand, the Rams schedule is much easier. The Rams only have to face 1 team with a winning record, the 8-3 Bears. Other than that, they’re up against the Lions at 4-7, Eagles at 5-6, Cardinals at 2-9, and 49ers at 2-9. The Rams can definitely win out so even one loss for the Saints can be the difference between a home-field playoff game and an away game in the playoffs.

Furthermore, the Bears even have a shot at earning a Divisional-bye because their schedule is also easier than what the Saints have to go through. The Bears still have to face the 3-8 Giants, 10-1 Rams, 4-6-1 Packers, 2-9 49ers, and 6-4-1 Vikings. There are three difficult games in that schedule, but it is possible that the Rams end up with the 1st seed, Bears with the 2nd, and Saints with the 3rd. Thus, the Saints really have a lot to lose today if they don’t earn the victory.

On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys are 6-5 and leading the NFC East at the moment. This NFC East Division has been anything but consistent. Every team, even the 3-8 Giants, still actually have a shot at winning this division. However, if we are to put aside the long shots, the Cowboys are definitely favored to win this division. The Giants have problems everywhere and are 3-8. An 8-8 team is not going to win this division and more importantly, the Giants are not going to win out and finish 8-8.

In terms of the Redskins, they were the favorites to win this division until Alex Smith was done for the season. They have already lost grasp of the division after losing to the Cowboys last week 31 to 23, and are quickly losing hope of making the playoffs. Their schedule does’t include a team with a winning record, but without their starting quarterback, it’s just a losing situation. Furthermore, they have two games left against the Eagles. If the Redskins and Eagles each win one of those games, they ultimately both help the Cowboys remain atop. Only one other team can rise to contend with the Cowboys so if these teams beat each other, it will be great news for the Cowboys. A team needs to go on a winning streak to contend with the Cowboys and without Smith, the Redskins are not that team.

This leaves us with the Eagles, the most sub-par team of the year. After winning the Superbowl last year and getting back their starting quarterback, they were favored to run away with this division, yet they sit at 5-6 right now. The Philadelphia Eagles are done. They still have to face the Rams and Texans which will put them at 5-8. Even if they win the rest of their games, which they won’t, they’ll finish at 8-8. That’s not going to be enough for this division.

The Cowboys are primed to win this division, being the most complete and healthy team who are getting on a streak at the right time. The Cowboys have won their last 3 games and have the 5-6 Eagles, 6-5 Colts, 4-7 Buccaneers, and 3-8 Giants left on their schedule after the Saints tonight. If the Cowboys win tonight, they put extreme pressure on the Redskins and Eagles to win out. Remember, the Eagles and Redskins still have two games against each other so one team needs to win both games. If they beat each other, the Cowboys will for sure remain atop.

Even if the Cowboys lose tonight, they’re still favored to win this division because they’ll hold their own destiny. They’ll have the Eagles come in to town the following week for a match-up with the division on the line. It’s just extremely difficult to think that the Eagles are going to do anything with a secondary that has been injured all year long and doesn’t seem to be repaired. The Cowboys should stomp on the Eagles in that game and finish the final hope that the Eagles have. Thus, the Cowboys will still have their destiny in hand even if they lose this game. They aren’t going to do any better than a 4th seed so losing tonight isn’t going to affect their playoff seed.

Hence, if we really think about it, this hyped Saints vs Cowboys game is really more important to the Saints. If the Cowboys lose, it’s okay, they still hold their own destiny in their hands. If the Cowboys win, it’ll be an extreme confidence boost and pretty much guarantee them the division although they will not do any better than the 4th seed.

On the other hand, the Saints have much higher aspirations than a 4th seed. If they were to win tonight, they continue to remain atop the conference and keep the race for the #1 seed alive with a difficult road ahead. However, if the Saints lose, they give up the #1 seed with 3 difficult game still ahead, paving the way for the Rams and possibly, the Bears to lead the conference. The Saints need to win this game tonight to remain Superbowl favorites and keep their path to the Superbowl as easy as possible.

Fantasy Football: Who would you go with?

Football season is going to be here in no time, so it’s time to prepare for some fantasy football mock drafts! We have preseason games started already and a few kicking off tonight. The season is nearing in and the headlines are getting more and more exaggerated. For example Dez Bryant comments on a photo of him in a Browns uniform and all of sudden he is going to Cleveland and he is not going to Cleveland. Reporters have turned that news into about six different headlines, sheesh. Sticking to fantasy football, come draft time, when and if you are ever put in this situation what would you do?

Wide Receivers: Who would you go with? 

Michael Thomas Fantasy FootballTyrek Hill or Michael Thomas? These two will definitely be on the board at the same time come later in the first, and even into the second or third round. Therefore who do you go with? Hill had an unbelievable year, one that shocked the NFL, going for 1183 receiving yards, 75 receptions and 7 receiving touchdowns. He does not get a bye week until week 12 and opens up the first five weeks vs the Chargers, Steelers, 49ers, Denver and Jacksonville, not easy opponents. As for Thomas he brought in 104 receptions for 1245 yards and 5 touchdown catches plus he has Drew Brees throwing to him and opens up with Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Atlanta, Redskins and Giants with a bye week in week six. What’s your move? Mine is Michael Thomas 10/10 times.

Nelson Agholor or Cooper Kupp? This is a tough one, they bought reeled in 62 receptions last season. Except Kupp went for 869 yards and Agholor went for 768 but Agholor reeled in 8 touchdown catches to Kupp’s five. Agholor opens up the first five weeks with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Colts, Tennessee and Minnesota. Plus with also Alshon Jeffrey and Mike Wallace now plus Zach Ertz, Agholor has some players to contend with. Kupp has the same issue as the Rams acquired Brandin Cooks. Kupp had a very solid rookie season, he opens the year with Oakland, Arizona, Chargers, Minnesota and Seattle, some very tough opponents to start the year with. If push came to shove and I was in a tight situation, I would probably go Kupp here.

Running backs: Who would you go with?

Alvin Kamara vs Kareem Hunt? Another Saints vs Chiefs duo, did not plan this at all. But Kamara came out the gates last year and never looked back, that backfield in New Orleans was a question mark to start but Kamara quickly took over the ranks and has no plans on giving it back. The other day, Kamara came out and said

 “I was in the f—king pokeball in Bama and I f—king evolved into some other sh-t. That orange mother–ker. Charizard.” As reported by Bleacher report.

Well it seems as if Kamara could use an English lesson or two but still he seems to be feeling confident and in the zone. Last season he rushed for 728 yards on 120 attempts while also receiving 81 passes for 826 yards, combined between rushing and receiving Kamara totaled 13 touchdowns. Kamara opens the year with Tampa, Cleveland, Atlanta, Redskins and Giants. Hunt was a story from the beginning of the year, in many leagues he was undrafted but by week three he was owned in nearly 99% of leagues. He quickly made a name for himself in that Kansas City backfield and in the NFL. Hunt went for 1327 yards on 272 attempts and 455 receiving yards with 53 receptions. Hunt combined for 11 touchdowns total. Although Hunt has some major upside in Kansas City due to their offense being very one-dimensional and Hunt being able to receive and run the ball, which means he has a chance to touch the ball every down, Kamara and the Saints offense has more upside and they are more consistent and not as predictable. I’d go Kamara if I had too.

Ezekiel Elliot Fantasy FootballEzekiel Elliot or LeSean McCoy? Ehh, the Dallas offense scares me a little and Elliot not playing a whole last season is worrisome, plus McCoy is always a guaranteed top 10 running back in the league. I remember when Elliot emerged in the league, McCoy was the number one or two ranked guy and this is was a big conversation, Elliot or McCoy? So… Elliot only played in 10 games last season in which he rushed for 983 yards on 242 attempts while also rushing for seven touchdowns. While reeling in 26 receptions for 269 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy the Bills focal point for years now rushed for 1138 yards on 287 attempts and 6 touchdowns in 16 games. McCoy also does his fair share in the receiving game going for 448 yards on 59 receptions for two touchdowns as well. They are pretty close in numbers even with Elliot missing 7 games, McCoy opens the year with Ravens, Chargers, Minnesota, Green Bay and Tennessee getting a bye week in the eleventh week, while Elliot opens with Carolina, Giants, Seattle, Detroit and Houston with his bye week coming in week eight. If it came down to these two, I’d be using the full 1:30 to pick and scratching my head the whole time…

Quarterbacks: Who would you go with? 

Carson Wentz or Dak Prescott? Two QB’s drafted in the same year, one had a more successful first year while the other blew the other QB out of the water their second year. One has a Super Bowl ring and almost MVP trophy while the other has a lot of ground to make up for a poor 2017 season. Prescott and Wentz have been compared for several years now, all throughout college and now in the NFL. Playing in the same division they see a lot of each other and will never be able to run from the comparison talks. Prescott numbers last season were as follows, 308/490 completion rate of 62.9, throwing for 3,324 yards, with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Prescott’s QB rating was 86.6 compared to his 104.9 rookie year, his interceptions went from 4 to 13. While Wentz’s numbers last year were 265/440 with a rating of 60.2, 3,296 yards, 33 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Wentz’s QB rating was 101.9 to his 79.3 his rookie year. His interceptions went from 14 to 7. Prescott opens the year with Carolina, Giants, Seattle, Detroit and Houston. While Wentz opens with with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Colts, Tennessee and Minnesota. The two had nearly opposite seasons from 2016 to 2017. Both very good quarterbacks but with the core Philadelphia has and Dallas probably losing Dez Bryant it worries some about Prescott’s wide receivers and their ability to be of use to the young QB, while Wentz is coming off a bad ACL injury, that has worried some as well. For me when it comes down to these two, I’d go Wentz.