NFL Sunday Night Week 8: Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/01/2020, 9:18 AM EST
Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) runs for yards after the catch as Seattle Seahawks cornerback Ryan Neal (35) closes in for a tackle during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


The NFC East big boys go head-to-head at the Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night. Doug Pederson’s Philadelphia Eagles host rivals Dallas Cowboys in this blockbuster encounter. Both teams have underperformed in the league thus far despite starting the season with great expectations.

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The Cowboys, in particular, have won just two of their seven games in 2020. They will be without their top two quarterbacks (Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton) tonight. Rookie quarterback Ben DiNucci is all set to make the first NFL start of his career against the Eagles. Will this be the start of an ‘unforeseen’ legend?

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 8 game day predictions.

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The Philadelphia Eagles currently sit atop the NFC East Division table with a 2-4-1 record. Doug Pederson’s boys have not been playing to their best this season. They beat divisional opponents New York Giants by a one-point difference in Week Seven. Franchise quarterback Carson Wentz is under pressure to improve the team’s results, especially against a depleted Cowboys outfit tonight.

The veteran shot-caller has thrown for 1,500+ yards with 10 passing TDs and as many interceptions in the build-up to Week 8. WRs Travis Fulgham and DeSean Jackson will be crucial options for Wentz in the attack. The Eagles’ defense must back themselves to silence rookie Ben DiNucci who is going to be in the public spotlight. Jalen Mills, Darius Slay, and Nathan Gerry will be kept busy tonight.

Dallas Cowboys rookie Ben DiNucci gets the nod to make first NFL start

The 2020 NFL season is going from bad to worse for the Dallas Cowboys. Already without star quarterback Dak Prescott, backup QB Andy Dalton is also set to miss out on Sunday as he continues to recover from a concussion. Rookie Ben DiNucci is all but set to get the nod from head coach Mike McCarthy.

The star-studded Cowboys offensive cast involving RB Ezekiel Elliott and WRs Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb have just not done enough this season. They will need to step up and lead by example against their NFC East rivals tonight.

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Philadelphia – Out

OT Jack Driscoll – Ankle

CB Craig James – Hamstring

WR Alshon Jeffery – Calf

CB Cre’Von LeBlanc – Quadricep

RB Miles Sanders – Knee

Dallas – Doubtful

QB Andy Dalton – Concussion

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Philadelphia Eagles 29 – 18 Dallas Cowboys

Sep 20, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) passes the ball against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

We doubt a second-string Dallas Cowboys team can challenge Carson Wentz and Co. at the Lincoln Financial Field. DiNucci was picked by the Cowboys in the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft (231st overall).

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There is hype surrounding the former James Madison University player but we doubt he can translate that into a game-winning display on Sunday. Carson Wentz’s Philadelphia Eagles are desperate for a win and there’s nothing better for team morale than a win against a rival franchise.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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