Cowboys vs. Eagles How To Watch: TV Channel, Live Stream Info, Choices, What You Need To Know For “Monday Night Football”
Tonight’s Week 3 edition of â€œMonday Night Footballâ€ features two NFC East rivals fighting for the right to claim the division’s top spot at the start of the season.
The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles each enter Monday’s showdown with 1-1 records, and the two shorthanded teams will need to find a way to pass each other in order to take pole position in the East. With Washington dropping to 1-2 and the Giants dropping into a 0-3 hole, whichever team wins will have put a decent distance between them and the rest of the teams in the division.
In the interest of getting straight to the point, let’s break the game down.
How to watch
Dated: Monday September 27 | Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Site: AT&T Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
TV: ESPN | Flux: fuboTV (try for free)
To follow: CBS Sports app
Chances: Cowboys -3.5, O / U 51.5
When the Eagles have the ball
Clashes on this side of the pitch are affected by a ridiculous amount of injuries. The Eagles will be without left tackle Jordan Mailata and right guard Brandon Brooks, while the Cowboys will have none of the [deep breath] Demarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, Bradlee Anae, Carlos Watkins, Neville Gallimore, Trysten Hill, Keanu Neal or Donovan Wilson. Backup Eagles tackle Andre Dillard will be primarily responsible for blocking Randy Gregory, while the Cowboys look likely to move rookie linebacker Micah Parsons back to the edge, where he will work largely against Lane Johnson. Parsons enjoyed absurd success in his first action on the edge last week, leading the NFL under pressure, but Johnson is a much tougher test for him than Storm Norton.
Which of the two exhausted units wins the day will have a dramatic effect on how Jalen Hurts is able to attack a Dallas defense that has been surprisingly poor for two weeks. If the offensive line can withstand a makeshift pass rush, Hurts should have the option of pushing the ball down the field. (Hurts threw a greater share of his passes behind the line of scrimmage than any NFL quarterback, according to Tru Media, but he also ranks among the most aggressive pitchers to date, with 13.8% of his attempts cover at least 20 yards in the air.) They would be especially wise to attack cornerback Anthony Brown, who was repeatedly victim of cover early in the season; and with Parsons likely to spend a lot of time on the edge and Neal sidelined with COVID-19, Philly’s tight ends should have advantages over Leighton Vander Esch and (especially) Jaylon Smith.
Hurts’ favorite target so far this year has been first-round pick (and former Alabama teammate) DeVonta Smith. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys use No.1 cornerback Trevon Diggs to follow him. He’s a very different type of player from Mike Evans or Keenan Allen, whom Diggs followed on the pitch for most of the team’s first two games. He kept Evans on the big body throughout the night while Tom Brady picked the other corners of the squad, and with the exception of a ridiculous shot over the head from Diggs in Cover-2, he also did a great job on Allen. Smith’s outrageous speed would provide a significant test against what was considered Diggs’ biggest weakness in most pre-project assessments. Dallas could play more zone and / or move a safety to Smith’s side and dare Hurts to beat them by throwing at someone else.
Of course, Hurts is arguably a more dangerous threat as a runner than as a passer, and the Cowboys are likely unable to spin their defensive linemen as often as they would like due to their various injuries, that could be a pretty big problem. for them. Hurts, Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell each have the ability to test the Cowboys’ ability to hold the lead, while inside the Philly offensive line will likely work against third-round rookie Osa Odighizuwa, sixth-round rookie Quinton. Bohanna and veteran undersized nose plate Brent Urban. This could give Philly an extra edge in the racing game.
When the Cowboys have the ball
Dallas faced two drastically different defenses in the first two weeks of the season and will face another in Week 3. Offensive coordinator Kellen Moore made an extremely heavy pass against the Buccaneers and their monster defensive front during week 1, and the Cowboys were almost upset. the defending champions on the road. They came back and released the ball with not only Ezekiel Elliott but also Tony Pollard against the Chargers’ Brandon Staley coached defense that prioritizes stopping the pass at all costs and practically dares opponents to execute it.
Dallas will again be without right forward La’el Collins as he serves his five-game suspension, but Terence Steele acquitted himself very well in the running game last week, and the team gave him enough help to protect the passes to survive. There’s no Joey Bosa rushing in front of Steele on Monday night, and the Eagles will also have to work without their best edge rusher in Brandon Graham. Philly’s best chance to push the numbers comes from Fletcher Cox’s roster of center Tyler Biadasz, who struggled against two very good defensive lines.
Even with the pressure on his face, Dak Prescott has been electric so far this year, completing 76.5% of his passes averaging 7.5 yards per attempt and taking just three sacks on 88 setbacks. He’s nothing like a guy recovering from a horrific ankle fracture, and although his arm strength doesn’t seem to be 100% recovered after the shoulder injury he suffered during the training camp, that was more than enough.
The Eagles don’t seem to have any good answers for Amari Cooper or CeeDee Lamb, who have been wide open in high school for the first two weeks of the year. Lamb, in particular, has been damn near impassable, and without (at least) three drops he would have an even more outrageous stat line than his current 15 catches for 185 yards and a score. Cooper will play due to a rib injury that limited him last Sunday and in practice early last week, but after the last two years of playing with persistent foot pain he’s used to gut it because of wounds that would weaken others broad.
Dallas also showed an increased willingness to involve Pollard in the passing game, designing touches to match him with linebackers in open space. He’s too fast and too slippery for most of them, and he could cause trouble for a Philly linebacking body that leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to coverage. Pollard probably won’t win a nearly even division with Elliott in races like he did a week ago, but he looks like the more explosive runner of the two for more than two seasons now. Elliott has finally shown a flurry in the open on a few runs against Los Angeles, and every time the Cowboys run behind Zack Martin on the right side of the line, they seem to find easy yards.
Dallas Cowboys -3.5
Prediction: Cowboys 30, Eagles 20