By Peter Gleason
There’s virtually no way Dallas’ porous run defense can stop the Eagles twin threats of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders.
The Cowboys’ biggest weakness has actually been their entire defense. The front seven hasn’t been good enough against the run. There hasn’t been enough of a pass rush up-front.
The linebackers have had trouble tackling. The secondary has only intercepted two passes. \
This was supposed to be the season where Dallas’ defense was finally elite. While they are eighth in scoring defense (19 points per game) and ninth in total defense (331.8 yards per game), they haven’t exactly played the best competition. New Orleans was without Drew Brees and Green Bay missed Davante Adams. The other four games were against the Giants, Redskins, Dolphins and Jets. That group has combined for a record of 4-18.
The greatest strength has been Amari Cooper. He’s battling a quad injury that could keep him out of Sunday night’s game. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday after only playing one series against New York last week. Trading for Cooper saved Dallas’ season last year. He was very good in both games against the Eagles, particularly the overtime win in Dallas when he finished with 217 yards and three touchdowns. He has played at an elite level again this year, catching five touchdown passes and surpassing 500 yards in five games (and that one series). It’ll be a serious blow to the offense if he’s unable to play tonight.