Here’s why Prescott will clear Hurts in MVP debate if Cowboys can defeat Eagles- K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
There’s a lot at stake on Sunday. For example, if the Cowboys win they will take the lead in the NFC East. However, if Dak Prescott can win this week’s game it will make a statement for his chances of winning a special distinction.
The MVP race, for now
Right now, with five games to go, there are four top candidates and a slew of other names on the fringe but with enough statistical backing where a strong finish could catapult any of them into the mix. While Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill is having a historical campaign, and 49ers QB Brock Purdy is neck-and-neck with them both, Prescott’s biggest competition is from his own division.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts has been atop the odds in the MVP race much of the season and the two square off for the second time this season on Sunday night in Week 14. After Week 13, Prescott pulled even with Hurts according to BetMGM, as did Purdy, who engineered a dominant 49ers win over Philly in Philly. It stands to reason whomever’s team wins between Dallas and the Eagles on Sunday night will pull ahead going into Week 15.
That shouldn’t be the case, but it will be.
Is the argument really an argument?
If one looks at total volume stats, Sunday night’s two quarterbacks are in a dead heat, with Prescott having a slight edge.The Eagles QB’s rushing yards takes him slightly in the lead, his short TD runs give him the advantage there as well, but the turnovers are heavily skewed towards Prescott’s favor.
Whether or not one wants to admit it, and this will flip-flop for each fanbase depending on what gives their side the better lighting, rushing stats are to be considered in what each brings to the table.Hurts’ team has 10 wins and thanks to Week 9’s victory a head-to-head advantage, while Prescott’s team has nine. QBWINZ is a stat that attributes team victories to the QB because the QB is the most important part of the team, but the other components of a team build (the other players on offense, defense, special teams and coaching) can easily negate the advantage a better QB gives a team.
For decades, analysts and fans have looked to downplay QB rushing stats despite it being an element defensive coordinators struggle to stop. Why this has routinely been the case is a discussion for another time, but it’s a long-held discriminatory practice in evaluating QBs. Hurts’ ‘Tush Push’ TDs count for something, the question is how much.
The answer is, not enough to sway the MVP race. The raw volume stats may make it seem close, and the argument about the competition each has faced may lead some to believe that’s a good reason to lean Hurts, but that’s what advanced stats are here for.
Report: Eagles’ Dom DiSandro Banned vs. Cowboys for Altercation with 49ers’ Greenlaw- Adam Wells, Bleacher Report
When Philadelphia takes on the Cowboys on Sunday night, they’ll do so without a familiar presence on the sideline. The Philadelphia Eagles won’t have head of security Dom DiSandro on the sideline for Sunday’s marquee matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, DiSandro will be barred from the sidelines stemming in part from the incident with San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who was fined $10,927 for his hit on DeVonta Smith, which led to the altercation.
Schefter noted DiSandro and other Eagles officials met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the league office on Friday morning, and the league is reviewing additional material to determine if further discipline is warranted.DiSandro is able to travel with the team to Dallas and perform all of his regular duties prior to kickoff, but he won’t be allowed on the sideline during the game.
The situation occurred in the third quarter of San Francisco’s 42-19 victory over the Eagles. Greenlaw was assessed a 15-yard personal foul for a hard tackle of Smith after officials whistled the play dead.
Philadelphia’s sideline to exception to the play, with several players and coaches getting into it with Greenlaw. DiSandro also got in on the action when he lightly pushed Greenlaw back, which led to the 49ers linebacker extending his left arm and grazing DiSandro’s nose.Greenlaw and DiSandro were ejected from the game as a result of the incident.
Whenever the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles square off expect to see some crazy things take place. What’s a matchup between a fiery rivalry without some spicy hot takes and predictions?
1. Jake Ferguson Logs 100+ Receiving Yards and a touchdown
Mauricio: You just know Ferguson is about to explode. Last week he was butting helmets with Jamal Adams and the Seattle Seahawks before coldly scoring the game-winning touchdown squared up against the safety. Back in Week 9, Fergie had his best game as he caught seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Dak Prescott talks about the second-year weapon with a huge belief in the kid. I bet the tight end finally crosses the 100+ yard mark for the first time in his career and a touchdown on top of it. He’s a mismatch over the middle and the Cowboys will exploit that.
4. Shaq Leonard Logs 1st Sack of Season
Kelsey: Before coming to Philly, Shaquille Leonard was not receiving much playing time with the Indianapolis Colts this season. However, that’s about to change when he suits up for the first time as the Eagles’ starting middle linebacker on Sunday. More playing time means more chances to log his first sack of the year. It would be a perfect “Welcome to Philly” moment.
7. Only 10 penalties take place
Mauricio: I’m not sure if this is a bold prediction or just wishful thinking, to be honest. The Cowboys lead the NFL in penalties against per game and the Eagles are 13th in the league. Last time they faced each other, each was flagged 10 times. I’m betting they slash that number in half. At the very least, I hope if we do see penalties, it isn’t pre-snap fouls. This game deserves better.
8. Cowboys stop a Tush Push
Mauricio: The Cowboys have an underrated duo of defensive tackles spearheaded by Osa Odighizuwa and Johnathan Hankins. I’m not saying I’m overly confident on this one but I’ll bet they’ll have an answer for the play which will consist in Osa beating Jason Kelce upfront after their plan failed in Week 9. This might be the boldest of the predictions in this post and I won’t apologize for it. Cowboys vs. Eagles: Each team’s X-factor player for Week 14- Tony Catalina, Blogging the Boys
Here is a player who will help decide the outcome of the game.
Dallas Cowboys X-factor: Terence Steele
This has to be a revenge game for Terence Steele. Simply put - the last time out against the Eagles might have been the worst of his career. Four sacks and 12 pressures later, it is a day he surely would like to forget about.
With that in the back of his mind, and the Eagles now having proof that what they do is successful against him, it will surely be an x-factor on Sunday. Look for the Eagles to focus on ways to exploit Steele as opposed to trying the other’s across the line, putting the attention on Steele to respond if the Cowboys are going to win on Sunday.
The combination of Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat poses a real challenge that he and the rest of the offense needs to be prepared for. The Eagles may smell blood in the water, and how Steele responds to the attempts will go a long way in shaping the outcome of this one.
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