clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Buy or sell: Cowboys to watch in Week 14 versus Eagles

Which Dallas players should have big nights against Philadelphia in your opinion?

Seattle Seahawks v Dallas Cowboys Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

It’s been a month since the Cowboys and Eagles last tangled. Over that time, Philadelphia has faced other top offenses in the Chiefs, Bills, and 49ers. Based on their last four games, what can we project about how certain Dallas players will perform in Sunday night’s rematch?

While we might lean heavily on the results of the first game between the NFC East rivals, the NFL is all about adjustments. After CeeDee Lamb went off for 191 yards against Philly in Week 9, you can expect the Eagles to try new ways to slow him down. But more resources dedicated to stopping Lamb means less attention to Brandin Cooks, Jake Ferguson, and other weapons.

The box score isn’t likely to look the same for certain guys on Sunday night. But there are trends over the last month which show, no matter what they try, that the Eagles are vulnerable in certain areas. Let’s see who on the Cowboys’ roster stands to benefit most.

BUY

QB Dak Prescott

If there’s one guy whose production shouldn’t falter from the first game, it’s the Cowboys’ red-hot quarterback. Prescott has been playing MVP football since Dallas’ bye week and one of his best games, albeit in a loss, came against the Eagles. He posted 374 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers.

While Philly will do what they can to make Prescott’s life difficult, such as when they got five sacks on him in Week 9, they haven’t been able to do much against other opposing quarterbacks lately. Brock Purdy just torched them for 314 yards and four touchdowns last week, and Josh Allen had 339 and two scores the week before. The Eagles did a least keep Patrick Mahomes in check in Week 11; just 177 yards and two touchdowns on the day.

Philadelphia seems to struggle when the opposing offense has a lot of talent at the skill positions, and Dallas certainly boasts that. Prescott has shown brilliance in managing the offense lately and taking what the defense gives him. Even if the Eagles figure out how to take away one target, he’ll get things done going somewhere else.

Prescott could also have a solid day running the ball, which he’s done more effectively this year than any season since his leg injury. Philly gave up 81 rushing yards to Josh Allen and 38 to Pat Mahomes. Don’t be surprised if Dallas tries to exploit this weakness with Prescott’s renewed rushing ability.

WR Brandin Cooks

The biggest offensive change since the last Cowboys-Eagles meeting is Cooks’ increased offensive role. His chemistry with Prescott was just budding a month ago and now it’s become consistent. After only having two touchdowns all year before Week 10, Cooks has had a score in three of Dallas’ last four games. His average catches and yards are also trending upward.

You know Philly will be focused on Lamb, but they will also have to be concerned about TE Jake Ferguson. He had a career game last time around; seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles will have to take their chances in other matchups and Cooks, more than Michael Gallup, Jalen Tolbert, or other passing options, is now the clear favorite to punish them.

KR/PR KaVontae Turpin

The Eagles have been consistently vulnerable on special teams lately. In the last game with Dallas they allowed a 48-yard kick return to Tuprin and another for 31 yards to Rico Dowdle. Last week, the 49ers’ Deebo Samuel had returns for 32 and 28 yards.

Philadelphia also allows return opportunities on punts. Buffalo’s Khalil Shakir had five returns for 37 yards in Week 12. Kansas City’s Kadrius Toney returned six punts for 58 yards.

Turpin is a guy who is going to hurt you if you give him too many shots. If the Eagles’ trend of allowing returns continues, Turpin should get at least one chance to make a huge play. If the Cowboys get the win, it could be a key difference-maker.

SELL

CB DaRon Bland

It says something about Bland that we’re disappointed if he doesn’t get an interception in a game. Unfortunately, after starting the year being very generous with the football, Jalen Hurts is getting stingy more recently.

Hurts only has two picks in his last five games. After throwing eight in the first seven games of 2023, he seems to have corrected some things since Philadelphia’s bye week. And even if he does take some risks this week, you know he’ll be well aware of Bland’s presence.

Also, to be fair, most of Bland’s picks have come against the chaff of the NFL’s quarterback crop. Hurts is on another level from the likes of Sam Howell or Geno Smith, and he’s far above whatever the Giants have been trotting out this year. Good, smart quarterbacks know not to test #26 for Dallas too often.

WR Michael Gallup

The former starter has only received one target in each of the last two games. He’s lost ground to Jalen Tolbert and KaVontae Turpin as passing options and even, when active, seventh-round rookie Jalen Brooks.

Despite offseason reports to the contrary, it’s clear that Gallup’s never fully recovered from his 2021 injury. If he was still the same guy, you know Dak Prescott would be going to him based on their previous chemistry. But between difficulties creating separation and some drops when he has been targeted, Gallup’s role on offense is shrinking fast.

Gallup’s had some big games against the Eagles in over five years with Dallas. Sadly, this isn’t going to be one of them.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Blogging The Boys Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your Dallas Cowboys news from Blogging The Boys