The Dallas Cowboys are rolling right now. They are not only one of the hottest teams in the NFL, they look like one of the best in it as well. Sparked by a MVP-worthy season from Dak Prescott, the Cowboys head into Week 14 with a great opportunity to further prove their legitimacy.
With the hated Philadelphia Eagles coming to town and an NFC East division lead on the line, Sunday becomes the most important game to date for the ‘Boys.
Let’s take a closer look at this matchup and see who, on both teams, may end up being X-factors for Sunday’s 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.
Philadelphia Eagles X-factor: D’Andre Swift
It isn’t a secret what the Eagles want to do on offense. They want to use their elite offensive line and their talented ball carriers to lean on you and grind a team down to nothing. Chief among them is D’Andre Swift who the Eagles are better off feeding than not.
They have the ability to throw the ball with their talented pass catchers, but the recipe has always been about pounding the rock and letting Swift make plays on the ground. For that reason Swift is the x-factor this week. If the Cowboys are able to control the line of scrimmage and are able to slow down the rushing attack, it will force the Eagles into doing it another way.
Make no mistake that the Eagles have the talent to beat you in a multitude of ways, but teams do best when they are able to slow them on the ground, and that should be the Cowboys plan of attack this week.