Eagles can take command in NFC East
The Philadelphia Eagles know that victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington would go a long way to securing this year's NFC East Division crown.
A win over the Cowboys would move the Eagles to 9-1 on the season, while also dropping Dallas to 5-5, a four-game gap with just six games to play in the regular campaign.
Philadelphia does play the Cowboys twice down the stretch, this week obviously, but also in the last game of the season on New Year's Eve at the Lincoln Financial Field.
The Eagles are coming off their bye week following a comfortable 51-23 triumph over the Denver Broncos at the start of the month.
Quarterback Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes as Philadelphia rolled to their seventh consecutive victory.
Undefeated at home, the Eagles' only blemish is a 27-20 set back to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City in the second week of the season.
Dallas will be without running back Ezekiel Elliott who continues to be out because of his six-game suspension. In his place Alfred Morris gained 53 yards on 11 carries in the 27-7 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week.
The failure of the Cowboys to adequately plan for Elliott's absence remains one of the curious questions of the campaign.
Once an extended absence appeared likely, it would have been prudent for Dallas to have made a deal and, as the Eagles acquisition of Jay Ajayi for a 4th round pick illustrated, players were available.
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