Eagles vs. Cowboys Preview: Trey Wingo breaks down this divisional matchup

On the More Than Football podcast, PFN's Chief NFL Analyst Trey Wingo previews the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Dallas Cowboys matchup.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys face off on Monday Night Football in a key divisional matchup. On this week’s More Than Football podcast, PFN’s Chief NFL Analyst Trey Wingo and host Brett Yarris break down the Eagles vs. Cowboys game.

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The jury is still out on Jalen Hurts

It’s clear to Wingo that the Eagles weren’t sure if Hurts could be their long-term starter going into the season. That’s why they traded for Gardner Minshew.

Through two games, Wingo doesn’t “think anybody knows enough yet” to change their minds. Hurts had a great opening week, but followed that up with a mediocre performance in Week 2. We’ll see if he can make strides towards proving himself on Monday.

The Dallas Cowboys love being at home

This is a home game for Dallas, and Wingo knows just how good the Cowboys are in their own stadium. They scored about 20 more points per game at home in 2020 than they did on the road. In fact, games in AT&T Stadium had the highest average point total of any stadium last season. Wingo thinks that tells you two things:

First, the Cowboys’ defense was terrible last season. And second, their offense was extremely productive at home.

The Dallas defense is playing surprisingly well this season

Although the Cowboys’ defense struggled last year, Wingo points out that the team has already shown improvements in 2021. They have 6 takeaways through two games, an area in which they struggled a year ago. Wingo attributes the change to the “influence of Dan Quinn, the new defensive coordinator.”

The defense faces an interesting test against a group of Eagles receivers that were great in Week 1 but didn’t contribute as much in Week 2. Wingo wonders if the Cowboys’ defenders (particularly Micah Parsons, who played great against the Chargers primarily as a rush end) can capitalize on that.

There are a lot of questions about the Cowboys, but Dak Prescott isn’t one of them

Wingo thinks Dallas’ game against Los Angeles last week was “the classic example of two teams that always find ways to lose.” It was going to come down to who messed up more, and the Chargers had a number of foolish penalties.

However, while the evidence suggests that Dallas is still a work in progress, Wingo believes in Prescott:

“I have no questions about Dak and what he’s able to do.”

So far this season, the Cowboys’ offense has shown two different styles. In Week 1, they went through Dak Prescott, but in Week 2, they leaned heavily on the running game. Wingo notes that they appeared to be just as productive with Tony Pollard as they were with Ezekiel Elliot.

We’ll see how they choose to run their offense on Monday night.

Dallas and Philadelphia rarely play each other this early

Finally, Wingo points out an interesting fact about this matchup. Monday’s game will be the first time in 13 seasons these teams have played each other this early in the season. They often play in the final week with something on the line.

Right now, the division is completely open, and Wingo thinks this game is a chance for the Cowboys to make an early statement. After a close loss to the defending champions and a road win against a decent team, they can prove themselves to be real contenders by winning a crucial divisional matchup.

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