The 3-5 Cowboys will look to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win against the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.
Here's a look at what our SportsDay Cowboys experts are predicting:
The Cowboys defense makes a comeback from an awful final three quarters against Tennessee but it's not enough as Carson Wentz continues what Marcus Mariota began in converting too many third downs. Golden Tate adds yards after the catch to the Eagles attack, and Ezekiel Elliott continues to struggle to find holes against a solid Philly front seven. Dak Prescott has his most passing yards of the season but the Eagles win the turnover battle and the contest to put Dallas in a major hole.
Eagles 23, Cowboys 14
The Cowboys play their second consecutive prime time game Sunday night on NBC after their worst loss of the year against Tennessee on Monday Night Football. Players talked all week about how upset they are about the loss to the Titans and the way they played. I believe this team still has some fight in it, but will it be enough to win on the road for the first time this year against the defending Super Bowl champions? I don't think so. It will be close until the end, but the Eagles need this game just as badly as the Cowboys. They pull it out late.
Eagles 27, Cowboys 24
Ezekiel Elliott says this is a must-win. Dak Prescott says he's pissed about being 3-5. Sure, it's feasible the Cowboys could pull off a surprise Sunday night in chilly Philly with their season on the line. But why would they get the benefit of the doubt over the Eagles? Dallas hasn't won on the road yet this season, while the Eagles are coming off a bye, debut new receiver Golden Tate and still see a realistic path back to the division title.
Eagles 24, Cowboys 17
The Cowboys haven't won on the road since last New Year's Eve in Philadelphia. It had to be one of the NFL's ugliest games of the 2017 season. Dallas won 6-0 as Philly was resting starters, preparing for what ended up being a Super Bowl run. This one will come down to takeaways. The Cowboys only have eight this season. The Eagles are even worse with seven. But Philadelphia gets two in this game. I'm sticking with my prediction that these teams split the season series for the sixth consecutive year.
Eagles 24, Cowboys 17
While ridiculously early, this is setting up as the Cowboys' last stand. Win, and the team pulls into a tie with Philadelphia for second place in a weak division. Lose, and it stays in third with a 1-2 record in the NFC East. The players have normally responded under
Jason Garrett in these situations in the past. But this group failed to build off a big win over Jacksonville and came off the bye to lose at home to a mediocre Tennessee team.
Eagles 26, Cowboys 21
Despite the world caving in Monday, the Cowboys will play again Sunday and Jason Garrett is still their coach. If they couldn't beat the Titans at home, you ask, how could they beat the Eagles in Philly? Or even come close? If nothing else, this team should have taught you it's a bumpy road to 8-8. Amari Cooper will show why the Eagles tried to trade for him, too. But it comes up just short.
Eagles 21, Cowboys 17