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Eagles hitting stride, look to corral sliding Cowboys


Reuters Last Updated at 09-11-2018 09:45:49 IST

The Philadelphia Eagles attempt to move back above .500 when they host the rival Dallas Cowboys Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles moved to 4-4 with a 24-18 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in London followed by their bye week. The Cowboys fell to 3-5 following a 28-14 home loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.

Philadelphia, the defending Super Bowl champions, will likely receive a boost with the return of right tackle Lane Johnson. Johnson has struggled with a high ankle and MCL sprain.

The Eagles will also feature a new addition, wide receiver Golden Tate, who was acquired before the trade deadline from the Detroit Lion for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

"I'm going to tell you, he's been in here every day," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. "He and (wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer) and (offensive coordinator) Mike Groh, even myself, we've kind of tackled him every single day. Trying to get him caught up to just our terminology, the way we call things, how we line up. But he's been awesome, been in here every day."

The Eagles are 1-0 in the NFC East with a win over the New York Giants. They'll try and continue the divisional momentum with a victory over the Cowboys.

"This rivalry, it's an exciting rivalry," Pederson said. "It's two really great franchises, obviously, great teams. It's always exciting, Dallas week. There's a lot of energy. It's an NFC East opponent, something that we talk about all the time. I go back to my days when I was here as a player, obviously, and playing the Cowboys and what it meant to obviously this city and our fans. So, I expect all our fans to be rocking the Linc Sunday night."

The reeling Cowboys, who have dropped two games in a row, will be without left guard Connor Williams as he undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

In the 14-point loss to the Titans, quarterback Dak Prescott was 21 of 31 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Prescott was also sacked five times.

Despite some struggles through the first eight games, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he's confident in his young quarterback.

"His arrow is up," Jones told ESPN.com of Prescott. "His arrow is up physically. It's up mentally. Having seen him and know his consciousness to protect the ball is one of his virtues and I think I'm going to go with that."

This will be the second game for wide receiver Amari Cooper in a Cowboys uniform. Cooper was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Cowboys for a first-round draft pick before the trade deadline. Cooper had five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown against the Titans.

The Cowboys' offense was shut out in the second half against the Titans, now making this game even more crucial against the Eagles.

"I very candidly didn't see this coming," Jones told reporters. "I thought we would be sitting here with a positive result. This is a surprise to me and is a setback."

--Field Level Media

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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