The magnitude of the Philadelphia Eagles’ game on Sunday is huge. In Week 6, the Birds will face off against NFC rival, the Dallas Cowboys, during primetime.
The Eagles are 5-0, and the only undefeated team remaining in the league. Quarterback Jalen Hurts, as well as, the offense, and the defense have ranked in the top-five each consecutive week, with one player from the team earning NFC recognition for their gameplay since Week 1.
Dallas lost Dak Prescott, but has found success in Cooper Rush, who is 5-0 as a starter. The Cowboys are just one game behind at 4-1 in the NFC East, and are looking to take over the top spot.
The reality is, someone is going to lose their winning record, and the rivalry is creating fireworks between players from both teams.
EAGLES-COWBOYS PREPARE FOR WEEK 6 BATTLE
Philadelphia’s success this season is in thanks to the coaching staff and a ridiculous number of talented players. Of those talented players is Jalen Hurts. After the Eagles’ Week 5 victory, the 24-year-old is ranked No. 4 in the NFL, racking up 1,359 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, 266 rushing yards, and six rushing touchdowns.
Hurts has immensely progressed since 2021, as he looks to continue building upon what the Eagles have done so far as a team. But, despite being one of the most productive players, Cowboys’ defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence seems to think otherwise.
While talking to reporters on Thursday, Lawrence stated, “Has he played us? All right. Different teams run different schemes…All y’all need to write is he hasn’t played the Cowboys yet, so we don’t know how good he is.”
The Cowboys’ defense has done well this season, but they still have some holes. Lawrence, himself, has 3.0 sacks in 14 career games against the Eagles. Is that good? Eh. He has a total of 48.5 sacks since 2014, but similar to Lawrence’s opinions, he hasn’t gone up against this Eagles’ offensive line.
As the No. 1 O-line in the league, the Eagles will likely have Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, and Isaac Seumalo back in time for Sunday. With Philadelphia’s health back up to speed, it will be interesting to see if Dallas’ defense can hold their spot in the top-five.
A FANBASE SHOWDOWN
The Eagles-Cowboys game is scheduled to take place at Lincoln Financial Field, and the Cowboys seem to have differing opinions on what the experience will be like.
Dallas’ head coach Mike McCarthy stated, “Looking forward to the bus ride into the stadium, that’s always unique. They love their team, and they don’t like the opponent.”
But, not everyone took a less abrasive approach.
Former Eagles’ player Jason Peters stated this week, “I just know Philly fans are f—ing idiots when it comes to the camaraderie and the Cowboys, any team, really. They know that. They pride themselves on being nasty. They’re going to cuss at you….Philly fans are the wildest fans out there.”
Eagles’ legend Jason Kelce described the fanbase much differently. “Two polar opposites. Philly’s an extremely localized diehard fanbase that’s authentic to all of them growing up together in this community. Most of the Cowboys’ fanbase is built on commercialism and pop culture, Laker/Yankee type fans.”
Depending on who you ask, Philly fans may side differently, but what all fans have in common is the excitement to see Philadelphia pull off 6-0.
Head coach Nick Sirianni stated earlier this week, “Hey, does 5-0 feel good? Yeah? You want 6-0 to happen? Then you better do everything to ramp up for it.”
This is the first time that both the Eagles and the Cowboys have had one loss or fewer through the first five games in 20 seasons. The game begins at 8:20 PM on October 16.