The Dallas Cowboys will play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL schedule. The game will be played in Dallas on October 30, a Sunday night affair at 8:30 PM EST. Dallas will be coming off a bye week in Week 7, giving them plenty of extra rest to take on one of their NFC East opponents.
The Eagles are definitely a team in transition. Gone is the Chip Kelly Era, which came in with a bang and once even looked promising, only to collapse last year with a 7-9 record, but more importantly, what appeared to be a lot of bickering and power-plays among the coach and front office personnel. To remedy the problem, Kelly was fired and Doug Pederson, an Andy Reid protege, was hired to right the ship.
DeMarco Murray's short, one-year tenure in Philly is now over. Never really a fit for Kelly's style of football, he apparently didn't fit what Pederson wanted to do, either. The Eagles big issue is at quarterback, where they still have Sam Bradford calling the signals, but looks to be a placeholder for second-overall draft pick Carson Wentz. Dallas also nabbed one of their defensive linemen, Cedric Thornton, this offseason.
Let's see what our friends over at Bleeding Green Nation have to say about their team heading into the season.
Notable free agent additions:
S Rodney McLeod, OG Brandon Brooks, CB Leodis McKelvin, WR Rueben Randle, WR Chris Givens, QB Chase Daniel, OL Stefen Wisniewski, CB Ron Brooks, LB Nigel Bradham
Notable free agent departures:
DE Cedric Thornton, DB Walter Thurmond (retired)
-- RB DeMarco Murray and Eagles 2016 fourth round pick (No. 113) sent to the Titans in exchange for Tennessee's fourth round pick (No. 100)
-- CB Byron Maxwell, LB Kiko Alonso, and Eagles first round pick (No. 13) to the Dolphins in exchange for Miami's first round pick (No. 8)
-- QB Mark Sanchez to the Broncos in exchange for Denver's (conditional) 6th round pick in 2017
-- Eagles trade 2016 first round pick from Miami (No. 8), 2016 third round pick (No. 77), 2016 fourth round pick (No. 100), 2017 first round pick, 2018 second round pick in exchange for Browns 2016 first round pick (No. 2) and 2017 fourth round pick
Draft picks expected to contribute as rookies:
R1 - QB Carson Wentz - There's a non-zero chance Wentz could outplay Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel this summer, but it's more likely he'll spend his rookie season on the bench.
R3 - OL Isaac Seumalo - The versatile Seumalo is competing for an opportunity to start at left guard. Veteran Allen Barbre is considered the favorite for now.
R5 - RB Wendell Smallwood - Philadelphia plans to use a running back by committee. Smallwood is likely stuck behind the injury-prone Ryan Mathews and 33-year-old Darren Sproles on the depth chart, but he'll get some regular playing time.
R5 - OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai - Likely won't play much in 2016 unless there are a lot of offensive line injuries.
R6 - S Blake Countess - The backup safety doesn't seem to be primed for much playing time this season.
R7 - Jalen Mills - Could potentially earn a job as a starting cornerback on the outside. More likely to contribute in nickel and dime packages.
R7 - Alex McCalister - Might not make the team, could be practice squad material.
R7 - Joe Walker - The Eagles are thin at linebacker. Special teams contributor.
Biggest offseason addition:
The Eagles' decision to trade up and select Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft will ultimately define this offseason. Philadelphia believes Wentz is their franchise quarterback of the future. The team is planning for him to sit behind Bradford and Daniel as a rookie before likely taking over as the starter in 2017.
Biggest storyline heading into training camp:
The Eagles have been upfront about their quarterback plan: Sam Bradford is the starter, Chase Daniel is the backup, and Carson Wentz is the third string guy for now. But maybe that could change depending on how the quarterbacks perform this summer. Could Bradford lose his job if he struggles? Can Bradford stay healthy? Can Daniel make a run at the starting job? Can Wentz look so impressive that he forces the Eagles to abandon their plan and get him on the field sooner than anticipated?
Under-the-radar storyline heading into training camp:
The Eagles generally lack talent on offense, but the wide receiver position is especially questionable. Second-year receiver Nelson Agholor struggled mightily as a rookie. Slot receiver Jordan Matthews appears to be the Eagles' only reliable pass catcher, and even he's struggled with drops in the past. Philadelphia took a flier on the likes of Rueben Randle and Chris Givens to see if they can bring anything to the table.
Notable injuries heading into training camp:
So BTB, how pumped will you be to renew the rivalry with the Eagles? Will the Cowboys take them down or will the birds surprise us with a win in our own backyard?