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17 October 2019 15:54

It’s Week 7 and the Philadelphia Eagles are facing a must-win game against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Cowboys 'pissed off' as they take on Eagles, try to end 3-game skid

How can 'pissed off' Dallas Cowboys snap three-game losing streak? Cowboys players riding a three-game losing streak have more than one reason to be. In their last three games, the Cowboys have scored a combined nine points before the half while opponents have raced to 47. "We can play as well as we want to in the second half," Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin said. Cowboys players are frustrated — as they look to right their offense — that they're struggling to capitalize on big plays.

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Against the Jets, a passing attack without two starting receivers and both starting tackles looked to the run game to threaten. "In your mind you start thinking like, 'OK, well, you got this guy, this guy out [so] tighten my game up that much more,'" Elliott said. "Because like that second run of mine, if I would have scored there, that's a different game. Cowboys players are frustrated, too, about shooting themselves in the foot. Whether it's the offense failing to convert in the red zone or the defense miscommunicating gaps on big plays, the units have struggled to emerge from the hole they've dug in the three-game skid.

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Against divisional rival Philadelphia on "Sunday Night Football" this week, the Cowboys will look to channel that energy productively. Elliott wants to keep running normally, or soundly, against the Eagles' No. 2-ranked run D that's allowed just 73.2 rushing yards per game. Sure it's tempting to chase an early touchdown when Elliott hasn't scored any of his five touchdowns this season in either the first or second quarter. The Cowboys defense also wants to hone in on that normality, or consistency, against Carson Wentz and Co. as they maintain a stinginess on third downs (25.35 percent conversion allowed) that ranks second only to the New England Patriots. Their two interceptions in six games, like their 0.8 takeaway rate, rank among the worst five in the league.

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"When you're down a couple scores and everything's going wrong, it's human nature to be like, 'All right, what can I do to change this game?'" Heath said. So the Cowboys won't enter desperation mode as they fight the Eagles to claim first place atop the NFC East. "Last year, we were 3-5 before we really got stuff going," cornerback Chidobe Awuzie told USA TODAY Sports. It's Week 7 and the Philadelphia Eagles are facing a must-win game against the Dallas Cowboys. The usual excitement for this NFC East rivalry matchup feels restricted, however, by the fact that this Eagles team has a lot of issues.

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In order to preview this matchup and discuss the overall state of the Eagles, I got together with Jimmy Kempski for the latest BGN Radio podcast. The Eagles missed out on Jalen Ramsey. Doug Pederson's claim that the Eagles are going to go down to Dallas and beat the Cowboys. Do the Cowboys really have the Eagles number? What's the confidence level in Andre Dillard as he makes his first NFL start against Robert Quinn?

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Going through the remaining schedules for the Eagles and Cowboys and figuring out who will win the NFC East. Cowboys postgame show after Sunday's game. Calmer heads have mostly prevailed after the Eagles missed out on Jalen Ramsey. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, one anonymous player in the locker room told her that the Eagles "dropped the ball" and that "everyone knew what it would take to get him." While the player is never identified in the report, the internet sleuths have dropped several hints on who it might be. #Eagles player to me on Jalen Ramsey going to the #Rams: "We dropped the ball. The Eagles have addressed the Jalen Ramsey situation in a succinct manner. Eagles Have Strong Record with Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby The likely starting cornerback duo Sunday for the Eagles will be Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby. Head coach Doug Pederson has hyped them up as a reason for increased excitement this week. #Eagles are 13-5 when CBs Ronald Darby & Jalen Mills both start. Jalen Ramsey is all-world but getting Darby/Mills back may be why they didn't trade 3 picks for him. Eagles fans weren't buying that story, with many flocking to social media to trash Mills and Darby. But The Associated Press' Rob Maaddi pointed out a compelling stat about the team's record when Mills and Darby are in the starting lineup. Mills met with reporters after his first practice in nearly a year on Wednesday and expressed optimism that he would play Sunday in Dallas. "I'm aiming for Sunday," said Mills, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. At this point right now the mindset is playing the whole game." Follow the Heavy Philadelphia Eagles page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content! READ NEXT: Jalen Ramsey, Eric Berry Among NFL Players for Eagles to Target When Eagles left tackle Andre Dillard makes his first NFL start in Dallas this Sunday night, the rookie won't merely face off against a disruptive Cowboys pass rush. Keeping quarterback Carson Wentz upright will be as much about the mental aspect of the game as it is performance for Dillard. "I was nervous as hell," Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson said reminiscing about his own professional debut. With Jason Peters described as "week to week" with a knee injury, Eagles coach Doug Pederson all but confirmed Dillard will be taking the place of a future Hall of Famer in Dallas. It's a spot most expected the first-round draft pick would find himself at some point this season, as Peters missed time in three of the last four seasons. Still, Dillard isn't exactly being eased into the league, squaring off against Pro Bowl defensive end tandems in back-to-back games. "You're going to make mistakes," Johnson said, "but those games you're going to grow from, so the more he plays, the better he's going to be." Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks estimated it can take an offensive lineman a full year in the NFL to get completely comfortable in the job. "A lot of times with good O-linemen or higher picks, in college you can just be better than somebody," Brooks said. "Technique and knowing what you have to do becomes so critical all the time, so a solid year to learn the playbook, learn to be a professional, learn to play offensive line." According to Pro Football Focus, his nine pressures allowed were the most by any offensive lineman in Week 6 — and he played only 72 percent of the snaps. "I thought he did a great job," Wentz said. "It's a tough task to come off the bench cold like that, and not just come in and play a game but against a really good defensive end, a couple of them. Dillard won't have that excuse this week, and Dallas will no doubt be ready for him too and attempt to confuse the rookie protector with different looks. "Probably the biggest thing for a young guy is when they stand still right in front of you, it's no problem," Brooks said. He knows from experience it's not going to be perfect on Sunday — but believes Dillard has the mindset to succeed. Eagles enter the weekend 3-1 with former Cowboys signal caller on the sideline. For three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Troy Aikman, Thursday nights belong to the NFL as a member of Fox's Thursday Night Football broadcast team. Mitchell Gladstone of The Dallas Morning News wrote on the Pro Football Hall of Famer trying his hand at the prep level this year earlier this week. "I'd always wanted to help out with high school [football] here," Aikman said on local radio in Dallas earlier this week.