Good morning, Eagles fans! Happy Friday. The birds still have a complete workout today before heading home against Dallas on Sunday night. Head coach Doug Pederson will talk to the media at 10:30 and we'll take it live. What you need to know in today's Microsoft Morning Roundup starts with the important quarterback faceoff.
. 1 Dak Vs. Wentz: Episode III
When the Eagles compete against the Dallas Cowboys for the first time this season on Sunday, it will be the third significant duel between two quarterbacks, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz, who won the 2016 NFL Draft. Dallas claimed their first win in a 201
It is safe to say that the Eagles made the right choice with the second overall selection in 2016. But in this first season there were questions as to whether the Eagles took the right step and took over Wentz, while the Cowboys with Prescott 13: 3 went and Ezekiel Elliott ran back. The Eagles finished 7-9. Eagles' insider Dave Spadaro revisits this debate, filling in a certain context what we now know:
Dallas had neither offensively the same success, nor from a team perspective. Elliott was suspended last season and played in just 10 games when his number plunged to 983 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Prescott threw 22 touchdown passes last season, not far from his rookie year, but his interception rose to 13. The cowboys slipped out of the playoff picture after predicting hype and high expectations.
Philadelphia won Super Bowl LII, of course.
. 2 Slowing Zeke
The cowboys' crimes have not brought huge numbers this season, but they still have fertile playmakers. The most dangerous of all is Elliott. His ability to go downhill behind a tough offensive line is the basis of the Cowboys' attack. His ability to free himself for big wins makes him one of the best defenders in the league. Fran Duffy collapsed the band of the Dallas offense in his Eagle-Eye column to show the fans what to look for when the Eagles are in defense:
However, the run game always comes to Elliott back. He is a player for whom the eagles must obviously always be responsible. The Cowboys are fourth in the NFL with yards per carry (4.94) and yards per game (136.9). Stop Zeke on the ground and take a LONG way to stop this crime and stay out of the red zone.
. 3 Injury Report
The Eagles did not have to run Darren Sproles back in practice when he broke away with a thigh injury. He joined the cornerbacks Jalen Mills (foot) and Sidney Jones (thigh) and ran back Corey Clement (disease) as a player who had not attended training on Thursday. More details on the most important injuries to the Eagles and Cowboys are included in the latest Injury Report.
. 4 Happy Anniversary, Steagles
In a bizarre 75 years ago, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia did the seemingly impossible and joined their football teams. During a season, the Eagles and the Steelers joined forces to a team that was referred to as Steagles, since the man power was just before the Second World War.
It was a difficult task with practices facing planning issues and home games split between Shibe Park in Philadelphia and Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Not to mention that two coaches with dominant personalities in the Steelers & # 39; Walt Kiesling and Eagles & # 39; Greasy Neale had to find a way to work together. Despite the adversities, the Steagles actually ended with a 5-4-1 record for the Eagles' first winning season since its inception in 1933. Ray Didinger looks back on the unthinkable 1943 season, which is also found this Sunday (19659004 ) "It sounds like we have a big advantage in bringing two teams together in one group," said Al Wistert, who was a rookie on the team. "But it just meant we had twice as many lousy players. Take a look at the teams. The Eagles have never had a winning season and the Steelers were almost as bad. "
. 5 Irvine's Influence
Robert Irvine is a celebrity chef born in England who has cooked for countless important events. But the meals that interest the veterans of the Royal Navy most are the ones that make the difference. Irvine, who became a fan of Eagles after attending a game with a friend in 1997, traveled the world with the Robert Irvine Foundation. After visiting the home of his favorite team at NFL, Irvine sat down with Chris McPherson to consider why it's so important for him to return veterans.
our military and their families, "says Irvine. "If it can help raise awareness of the needs of our veterans and the urgency needed to meet those needs, I'm very happy to do that."